Chauvin lawyer claims bystanders who begged cops to get off George Floyd's neck distracted them from giving him care
Attorney Eric Nelson. (Screen cap / Twitter)

The defense attorney representing former Minneapolis Police Office Derek Chauvin on Monday argued that his client was distracted from giving care to the late George Floyd because a group of angry bystanders were surrounding them and yelling at them.

During the trial's opening day, attorney Eric Nelson claimed that bystanders who surrounded Chauvin and his fellow officers -- and who begged them to check Floyd's pulse as he lay motionless on the ground -- were the ones responsible for the officers failing to give Floyd care.

"There are people across the street, there are cars stopping, people yelling, there is a growing crowd in what officers perceive to be a threat," he said. "They're called names. You heard them this morning: 'You f*cking bum!' They're screaming at them, causing the officers to divert their attention from the care of Mr. Floyd."

Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter after he was caught on video kneeling on Floyd's neck for over nine straight minutes, which resulted in his death.

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