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From NPR news. This is all things considered. I'm Mary Louise Kelly and I'm Ari Shapiro. The murder trial of former police officer Derrick Show. Vin is now in the hands of the jury for three weeks, Lawyers have argued over whether show Vin is responsible for the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis almost 11 months ago. The attorneys delivered their closing arguments today and now the jurors are deliberating. MPR's Adrian Florido has been covering the trial and joins us from Minneapolis. Hi, Adrian. Hi, Ari. Tell us about what happened in court today. Well, we heard two completely opposing views of what happened Last May 25th when Derrick show, Vin knelt on George Floyd's neck until he died. The prosecution said it was a case of a police officer who betrayed his badge violated policy and murdered Floyd by asphyxiation. The defense said No, the state did not prove its case that Derrick Show Vin did what any reasonable officer would have done to get a struggling suspect under control. And at the state. Kelso didn't prove that Floyd died of this fixation. Let's go more deeply into each side's arguments. What of the prosecution's say? Well. The prosecution's argument was delivered by Steve Swisher, a lawyer who started by describing what George Floyd went through as police officers held him down and Derrick show Vin knelt on his neck. During this time, George Floyd struggled. Desperate toe breathe. To make enough room in his chest. Breed. But the force was too much. He was he was trapped. Was trapped with the unyielding pavement underneath him. As unyielding as the men who held him down. And from there are he moved into an almost to our review of the evidence and why the jury should convict Chauvet of murder and manslaughter. And what were some of the key points in that evidence. Well. He reminded jurors of the testimony from medical experts who all said Floyd died because of a lack of oxygen, not heart disease, Not a drug overdose. Hey, also re kept testimony from police trainers, the Minneapolis police chief. Who all testified against show Vin on. He condemned Derek showman is a prideful man whose ego kept him from getting off of George Floyd's neck. Even his bystanders were begging him to How can you justify

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