Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin's attorneys continued their defense on Wednesday, arguing Chauvin's knee on the neck of George Floyd was not what ultimately killed him, reports The Washington Post.
"I felt that Derek Chauvin was justified and acting with objective reasonableness following Minneapolis Police Department policy and current standards of law enforcement in his interactions with Mr. Floyd", Brodd said.
"It is, your honour", Chauvin said.
Cahill said he will comply with Chauvin's request to instruct the jury that they "should not draw any inference" on his guilt or innocence by exercising his right not to testify.
The defense is expected to rest its case shortly, and the prosecution said it will call a rebuttal witness before testimony in the trial wraps up.
The jury has previously heard from medical experts called by prosecutors from the Minnesota attorney general's office, who say Mr Floyd had high blood pressure, a slightly enlarged heart and used opioid painkillers but that none were the cause of his death.
A lack of oxygen would impact the brain first, causing someone to become disoriented and speak incoherently, Fowler said.
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Prosecution witnesses testified that Floyd died from a lack of oxygen caused by being pressed into the asphalt ground with his hands cuffed behind his back, and Chauvin's kneeling on him for more than nine minutes. Dr. David Fowler, a forensic pathologist and former Maryland chief medical examiner who reviewed Floyd's case for the defense, testified that it's an "undetermined" manner of death due to many contributing factors. Fowler said there was a period of time between Floyd's cardiac arrest and actual death, noting that the official pronouncement was done at the hospital, but "frankly, he was dead long before that". Dr. David Fowler says carbon monoxide poisoning is one of several factors that contributed to Floyd's death.
Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell launched an aggressive cross-examination, attacking Fowler's findings.
In December, Fowler was sued in federal court by the family of Anton Black, who was 19 when he died in 2018 in police custody.
Dr. David Fowler, who was Maryland's chief medical examiner until his retirement in 2019, also told the jury he believed exhaust fumes from the police auto next to which Chauvin pinned Floyd to the road may also have contributed to Floyd's death in May 2020.
"As a physician, I would agree", Fowler replied. Mr Chauvin was 44 and Mr Floyd was 46 at the time of Mr Floyd's death.
Dr Fowler added that Chauvin's knee on Mr Floyd was "nowhere close to his airway" and that Mr Floyd's speaking and groaning showed that his airway was still open. A cardiology expert rejected the notion that Floyd died of heart problems, saying all indications were that he had "an exceptionally strong heart".
Mr Chauvin, who is white, has pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter charges. He also testified that Chauvin's knee was not applied with enough pressure to cause any bruises or scrapes on Floyd's neck or back.