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Chauvin Trial: Prosecution rests, defense begins case

In this image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson questions Minneapolis Park Police Officer Peter Chang as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides, Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

In this image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson questions Minneapolis Park Police Officer Peter Chang as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides, Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn.  Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd.  (Court TV via AP, Pool)

In this image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson questioned Minneapolis Park Police Officer Peter Chang as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presided, Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

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UPDATED 2:30 PM PT – Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The prosecution in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin rested its case. The move came after the prosecution called nearly 40 witnesses to testify over the past two weeks.

The defense has now begun its case, starting with the testimony of a former police officer who arrested George Floyd in a separate incident back in 2019.

The defense called a use of force expert, who said based on his assessment, Chauvin acted accordingly given the circumstances.

In this image from video, Barry Brodd, a use of force expert testifies as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides, Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

In this image from video, Barry Brodd, a use of force expert testified as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presided, Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

 

“I felt that Officer Chauvin’s interactions with Mr. Floyd were following his training, following current practices of policing and were objectively reasonable,” use of force expert Barry Brodd stated.

“So in this situation, there is space limitations. Mr. Floyd was butted up against the tire of the patrol car. There was traffic still driving down the street. There were crowd issues that took the attention of the officers. Mr. Floyd, was still somewhat resisting,” Brodd said. “So I think those were relatively valid reasons to keep him in the prone.”

Also taking the stand for the defense was Floyd’s friend Shawanda Hill and retired paramedic Michelle Monseng.

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