The case against Derek Chauvin, a former police officer from Minnesota, has been rested by the prosecutors in Minnesota.
Chauvin is accused of killing 46-year-old Minneapolis man George Floyd, whose death reportedly ensued after the capture forcefully executed by Chauvin and documented in a widely-shared video that provoked violent protests across the U.S.
While protesting against police brutality, numerous rioters flooded the streets of cities such as Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, and Kenosha.
Some of them even took part in the destruction and stealing of private businesses’ property.
Chauvin is being charged with three counts: third-degree ‘depraved mind’ murder, second-degree unintentional felony murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
The prosecutors expressed hope that the former police officer would be found guilty on at least one of these counts.
In an interview with ABC 10 News, University of St. Thomas Law Professor Rachel Moran explained that prosecutors did not focus on proving that Chauvin intentionally killed Floyd.
Moran said that the ‘depraved mind’ murder charge required the prosecution to establish that Chauvin acted in a dangerous way that showed a lack of respect for human life.
Law Professor added that, on the other hand, unintentional felony murder accusation would be verified if the court establishes that Chauvin was committed to an assault as a kind of felony that led to Floyd’s death.
Chauvin’s defense, however, pointed out that the identification of the police officer’s intention to cause serious bodily harm is necessary for the manslaughter account to pass.
Controversies surrounding the case
The biggest issue surrounding the case is the cause of Floyd’s death.
Contrary to the explanation offered by the prosecution and mainstream media, many sources indicate that Floyd’s drug use contributed, or was the main cause of his death.
According to the testimony given by his fiancée Courteney Ross, Floyd reportedly suffered from a seizure induced by a drug overdose just two months before his death.
Moreover, Floyd allegedly met with his drug dealer shortly before his capture.
There are also indications that the 46-year-old consumed some drugs on the day of his detainment, however, Morris Hall, a dealer who allegedly met with Floyd on the day of his capture, refused to testify before the court.
Many commentators believe that this move only adds to the suspicion regarding the mainstream view on the case.
During the trial, prosecutors called several experts who tried to confirm their assumption that Floyd died from the oxygen blockage induced by his head being injured by Chauvin’s knee.
Yet, other assessments, such as the one put forward by the Hennepin County medical examiner, suggest that drug overdose was the main culprit for Floyd’s death.