Derek Chauvin Trial: Day 12

Tuesday, April 13 was the 12th day of the controversial trial of Derek Chauvin. The prosecutors have rested their case and now it is time for Chauvin’s defense team to present their case.

One of the defense’s witnesses was Barry Brodd who is a use-of-force expert. Mr. Brodd testified for approximately three hours.

“I felt that Derek Chauvin was justified, was acting with objective reasonableness, following Minneapolis Police Department policy and current standards of law enforcement in his interaction with Mr. Floyd,” Brodd said, when asked if he felt Chauvin’s actions were rational.

During the Prosecution’s cross-examination, Brodd contradicted statements from his initial testimony. Brodd had previously stated that he didn’t think the “prone control” position could cause pain, but then later agreed that it could.

Some law experts believe that Brodd’s contradicting statements could be detrimental to the defense’s case and can alter the jury’s perception of it. Brodd’s statements may play a crucial role in the trial.

The defense will most likely finish presenting its case this week and will hold closing arguments on Monday, April 19th.