Floyd 'asked for help with his very last breath': prosecutor

A demonstrator holds up a sign while protesting outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Monday, April 19, 2021, where former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder of George Floyd, a Black man, while in police custody last year. Closing arguments began on Monday. (Photo: NYTimes)
MINNEAPOLIS, US ­— George Floyd pleaded for help with his "very last breath" but was not shown any compassion by Derek Chauvin, prosecutor Steve Schleicher said Monday in closing arguments at the murder trial of the former police officer.اضافة اعلان

"George Floyd begged until he could speak no more," Schleicher told the jury in a Minneapolis courtroom. "All that was required was a little compassion and none was shown on that day."

"He asked for help with his very last breath but the officer did not help," Schleicher said.

"He didn't follow training, he did not follow the department's use of force rules, he did not perform CPR," he said.

"George Floyd was not a threat to anyone, he was not trying to hurt anyone," Schleicher said.

Chauvin, who is white, was seen on video kneeling on the neck of Floyd as the 46-year-old Black man lay facedown handcuffed on the ground for more than nine minutes.

Chauvin, 45, is charged with murder and manslaughter for Floyd's May 25, 2020 death, which sparked protests across the United States and around the world against racial injustice and police brutality. 

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