20 Apr 2021

Jury retires to decide fate of Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin

From Checkpoint, 6:16 pm on 20 April 2021

Derek Chauvin's fate is now in the hands of a Minneapolis jury. The legal team for the former US police officer, who knelt on George Floyd's neck for about 9 minutes until he died, argued in its closing statement that he acted as a reasonable officer.

Yet the prosecution say he murdered the unarmed Black man to protect his pride and ego.

Minneapolis is on edge awaiting the verdict. Our correspondent Simon Marks has this report.