LIVE UPDATES: Derek Chauvin trial closing arguments begin with Minnesota on edge

Derek Chauvin trial continues with closing arguments

Closing arguments are underway on Monday in the trial of Derek Chauvin amid heightened safety concerns after a National Guard and Minneapolis Police Department neighborhood security team was fired upon over the weekend in a drive-by shooting.

Attorneys from both sides are seeking to distill three weeks of testimony in order to convince jurors to acquit or convict Chauvin on second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. Jurors in Hennepin County District Court first began hearing testimony in the case on March 29.

FAST FACTS

    • Second-degree murder requires prosecutors to prove Chauvin intended to harm Floyd. 
    • Third-degree murder requires proof that Chauvin’s actions were “eminently dangerous” and done with indifference to loss of life. 
    • Second-degree manslaughter requires jurors to believe that he caused Floyd’s death through negligence and consciously took the chance of causing severe injury or death.

    Meanwhile, no team members were seriously injured in the drive-by shooting on Sunday. Two National Guard members sustained minor injuries from the incident. One Guardsman sustained an injury from shattered glass requiring additional care and was taken to a local hospital, according to a statement. The other Guardsman received only superficial injuries.

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    Minnesota National Guard stands near bullet hole in window.
    (KMSP)

    The Minnesota National Guard is activated as part of Operation Safety Net, a joint effort among the Minneapolis Police Department, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the state of Minnesota and local jurisdictions to protect people, freedom of speech and property during the Chauvin trial as well in as the aftermath of the police-involved shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report

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