Prosecutor Steve Schleicher reminded the jury of testimony from experts who gave their opinion on what Chauvin could have done instead of staying on Floyd for over 9 minutes.
“There were several moments, ladies and gentlemen, several moments in which things could have been different,” said Schleicher.
Schleicher said the officers could – but could not – have helped Floyd turn Floyd on his side and perform CPR on him.
Schleicher said Chauvin was required to provide medical assistance to Floyd according to police department guidelines.
“He had a policy, a policy to follow. A duty to provide medical assistance. You shouldn’t call that, you should use your training and provide medical assistance.”
He continued: “Defendant knew how to do it, he had the training. He knew better. He just didn’t do better. George Floyd didn’t have to die that day, shouldn’t have died that day. But for the fact that The defendant chose not to get up and relax. George Floyd died. “
Schleicher said Chauvin’s actions “were a major factor in George Floyd’s death”.
“These actions make no mistake, these actions were not monitored. These actions were an attack,” he said.