Derek Chauvin invokes Fifth Amendment

Former police officer Derek Chauvin chose not to testify on his own behalf.

Chauvin is on trial facing charges of third-degree murder, second-degree murder, and manslaughter in connection to the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd.

Floyd, a black man, was accused of using a counterfeit $20-bill, and when officers attempted to apprehend him, they pinned him to the ground. Chauvin, who is white, placed his knee on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes, footage showed. 

Floyd died, and his death sparked nationwide protests and conversations about law enforcement’s use of force and their interactions with minority communities.

The defense has pointed to Floyd's drug usage to claim that Chauvin was not actually responsible for his death.
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