Politics Mitch McConnell blasts Maxine Waters for 'inappropriate' conduct surrounding Chauvin trial
Prosecution case nears end in ex-cop's trial in Floyd death
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd 's death enters its third week Monday, with the state nearing the end of a case built on searing witness accounts, official rejections of the neck restraint and expert testimony attributing Floyd's death to a lack of oxygen. Derek Chauvin, 45, who is white, is charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s May 25 death. Police were called to a neighborhood market where Floyd, who was Black, was accused of trying to pass a counterfeit bill.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joined the company of Republican officials in criticizing Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters for comments she made callingif former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty for the death of George Floyd last year.
“Every single American deserves a fair trial. This is sacred,” McConnell said. “You do not balance the scales of justice by trying to tip them, and yet, this past weekend, one Democratic House member from California took it upon herself to visit the protesters in Minneapolis.”
EXPLAINER: Judge lets jury decide Floyd's remark about drugs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The judge overseeing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in the death of George Floyd said Monday that he'll leave it up to the jury to sort out whether Floyd yelled “I ate too many drugs” or “I ain’t do no drugs” as three officers pinned him to the ground. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill made the ruling as attorneys argued over whether to allow the testimony of a use-of-force expert for the prosecution, Seth Stoughton, a professor at the University of South Carolina Law School. Prosecutors wanted him to testify from an academic perspective on whether Chauvin used reasonable force and about national policing standards.
McConnell’s criticism was a response to comments that Waters made over the weekend in the company of protesters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, where police officer Kim Potter
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict,” Waters. “And we’re looking to see if all of the talk that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd — if nothing does not happen, then we know that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice.”
McConnell said Waters’s words about looking for a guilty verdict were made “like somebody window-shopping or ordering off a menu.”
“It’s hard to imagine anything more inappropriate than a member of Congress flying in from California to inform local leaders, not so subtly, that this defendant had better be found guilty or else there will be big trouble in the streets,” McConnell added. “It’s beyond the pale for a sitting member of the United States Congress to look at what happened last summer and imply there should be some kind of sequel.”
Defense set to take turn in ex-cop's trial in Floyd death
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense for a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death was set to start presenting its case Tuesday, following 11 days of a prosecution narrative that combined wrenching video with clinical analysis by medical and use-of-force experts to condemn Derek Chauvin's actions. Prosecutors called their final witnesses Monday, leaving only some administrative matters before they were expected to rest Tuesday. Once the defense takes over, Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson is expected to have his own experts testify that it was Floyd's drug use and bad heart, not Chauvin's actions, that killed him.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy offered his own criticism of Waters for her comments, saying on Sunday that she was “inciting violence.” McCarthy said that “if Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosion Monday.
“No, I don't think she should apologize,” Pelosi told reporters. “Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the civil rights movement.”
concluded on Monday, and jury deliberations will ensue. Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
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DOJ weighs charging Chauvin for 2017 incident involving Black teen: Source .
Federal investigators probing Derek Chauvin's use of force against George Floyd are also weighing charging him for a 2017 incident involving a Black teen, a source said. The videos, from Sept. 4, 2017, allegedly showed Chauvin striking a Black teenager in the head so hard that the boy needed stitches, then allegedly holding the boy down with his knee for nearly 17 minutes, and allegedly ignoring complaints from the boy that he couldn't breathe.