Gregg Jarrett: Graphic video and testimony supports 3rd degree murder charge in Day 4 of Chauvin trial

The tragic end to the life of George Floyd was on full display Thursday in the Minneapolis murder and manslaughter trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin. 

Jurors watched graphic video and still images as paramedics arrived at the scene of Floyd’s arrest to find him in full cardiac arrest.  Their valiant efforts to save his life failed. 

By contrast, Chauvin lifted not a finger to render aid.  This critical evidence is part of the prosecution’s case designed to show that the defendant exhibited a “depraved indifference to human life.”  This is a necessary element of proof under the law in one of the three charges against the accused –third-degree murder


When he got out of his ambulance, paramedic Seth Bravinder told the jury what he first saw.  A man handcuffed behind his back was prone on the ground with officer Chauvin kneeling on the back of his neck.  Floyd was neither moving nor breathing.  Yet, Chauvin was still on top of him with his knee pressed against the man’s neck.  The officer showed no indication that he intended to move despite the fact that Floyd appeared to be dead or dying. 

With Chauvin still on top of

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