Transcript for Closing arguments to begin in Derek Chauvin case
But first this morning, we begin with the Derek chauvin trial. You're looking live at the courthouse where after 14 days of testimony closing arguments are just hours away. Soon jurors will decide the fate of the former officer charged with murdering George Floyd. Here's how it will unfold. Court begins at 10 eastern. The prosecution goes first followed by the defense and possible rebuttal by the state and the judge will instruct the jury and deliberate riggss to begin this afternoon. Alex Perez is in Minneapolis with the latest. Good morning, Alex. Reporter: Hey, good morning, George. After all that testimony, it comes down to this, the jury will soon begin deliberating as the nation watches and waits for a verdict. Tense clashes between demonstrators and police going into the morning and in Raleigh, North Carolina, police declaring an unlawful assembly. Several taken into custody. In Minneapolis, Derek chauvin's fate very soon in the hands of a I will invoke my fifth amendment privilege today. Reporter: Closing arguments set to begin after three weeks of intense testimony from 45 witnesses including George Floyd's loved ones, medical experts and more than a dozen members of law enforcement. The former cop facing three charges, second degree unintentional murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. Prosecutors arguing chauvin's actions killed Floyd when he pinned him down knee on his neck for more than nine minutes. A healthy person subjected to what Mr. Floyd was subjected to would have died as a result of what he was subjected to. Reporter: The defense arguing chauvin acted reasonably and within professional standards and Floyd died from a fentanyl overdose and pre-existing heart condition. He's not responsive right now. Reporter: The defense accusing bystanders who gathered and demanded chauvin get off of Floyd of distracting and threatening the officers. The nation closely following any possible verdict as cities across the country remain a racial reckoning tinderox following the recent police officer shootings of 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago and daunte Wright near Minneapolis where tensions are rising. Around 2,000 members of the National Guard already deployed to the area. Two guardsmen injured in a drive-by shooting over the weekend and the city moving public schools to remote learning starting Wednesday. From coast to coast, preparations under way in San Francisco discretionary days off for all officers canceled. Same in New York City and D.C., officers beginning around the clock 12-hour shifts starting today. And the jury will be sequestered once they begin deliberating. The judge says he will instruct them to work into the evening every night until they reach a decision. Robin. Thank you.
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