Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin said Thursday that he declines to testify in his own trial, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Chauvin’s defense team announced Thursday that it intended to rest its case.
David Fowler, a former Maryland chief medical examiner, testified Wednesday that the former officer did not play a critical role in George Floyd’s death by kneeling on his neck. Cross-examination grew tense at times.
Two police officers who used “closed-fist strikes” while arresting a Black man in Kinston, N.C., have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation after video of the incident went viral on Monday.
This phase of the trial opened against the backdrop of a city again in turmoil over the killing of another Black man by police — the Sunday shooting death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center.
Police in the Minneapolis suburb fatally shot the 20-year-old unarmed Black man during a traffic stop Sunday. Authorities said veteran officer Kim Porter meant to use her Taser, not her service weapon.
Philonise Floyd delivered an emotional account of his brother Monday as the prosecution prepared to conclude its case against Derek Chauvin. He said he approached his testimony with a sense of duty, love and pain.