Prosecuting attorney Steve Schleicher talked about George Floyd’s last words during his closing argument.
“George Floyd’s final words on May 25th, 2020 were, ‘please, I can’t breathe.’ And he said those words to Mr. Officer. He said those words to the defendant. And he asked for help with his very last breath, but Mr. Officer did not help,” Schleicher told the jury.
He continued: “The defendant did not help. He stayed on top of him, continued to push him down, to grind his knees, to twist his hand. His fingers. Into the handcuff that bound him.”
Schleicher then talked about how Derek Chauvin’s actions were not in line with the motto of the Minneapolis police.
“The motto of the Minneapolis Police Department is to protect with courage. And to serve with compassion. But George Floyd was not a threat to anyone. He was not trying to hurt anyone. He was not trying to do anything to anyone. Facing George Floyd that day, that did not require one ounce of courage. And none was shown on that day. All that was required all that was required as a little compassion. And none was shown on that day.”
Schleicher called Chauvin’s actions against Floyd an “assault” that lasted 9 minutes and 29 seconds.
“For 9 minutes and 29 seconds. He begged, George Floyd begged until he could speak no more, and the defendant continued. This assault. When he was unable to speak, the defendant continued. When he was unable to breathe the defendant continued. Beyond the point that he had a pulse. Beyond the point that he had a pulse, the defendant continued this assault. Nine minutes and 29 seconds.”
Chauvin is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. He has pleaded not guilty.