George Floyd was “just a man, lying on the pavement, being pressed upon, desperately crying out. A grown man crying out for his mother. A human being,” prosecutor Steve Schleicher said in his closing argument.
Dr. David Fowler, the former chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland, said the fentanyl and methamphetamine in Floyd’s system, and possibly carbon monoxide poisoning were contributing factors in his death.
Seth Stoughton, a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, judged the ex-cop's actions against what a reasonable police officer in the same situation would have done, and repeatedly found that Chauvin did not meet the test.
Jody Stiger, an LAPD sergeant serving as a prosecution witness, testified Wednesday that former cop Derek Chauvin was bearing down with most of his weight from the time officers put George Floyd on the ground until paramedics arrived.