Derek Chauvin’s defense focuses on angry mob, George Floyd’s past in murder trial

The defense team of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin began their case on Tuesday, focusing on the previous arrests of George and the “very aggressive” mob that may have frightened the officers into the fatal arrest May 25.

“I was concerned about the officer’s safety because of the crowds so I wanted to make sure the police were okay,” Minneapolis Park police officer Peter Chang said on Tuesday, responding to the arrest. from to help other cops, to jurors in Hennepin County Court. , before saying that he thought the crowd was “very aggressive towards the officers”.

Chang’s testimony was part of the evidence presented by Chauvin’s defense team, which began their case by focusing on ’s drug history and his frantic behavior during his arrest in May. Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s lawyer, has previously argued that ’s death was in part the result of health and drug issues – and that his client was simply doing what he was trained to do all along. his 19-year ”.

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