Prosecutor's rebuttal: Chauvin's heart too small

During closing arguments in the Derek Chauvin trial a prosecutor rejected the theory that Floyd died because of an enlarged heart: "The truth of the matter is that the reason George Floyd is dead is because Mr. Chauvin’s heart was too small.” (April 19)

Video Transcript

- Common sense. We'll continue talking with you all the while. Because while you have heard hours and hours and hours of discussions here in the closing, ultimately it really isn't that complicated in what it is you have to decide with respect to the excessive use of force and the issue of causation. In fact, it is so simple that a child can understand it. In fact, a child did understand it. When the nine-year-old girl said, get off of him, that's how simple it was. Get off of him. Common sense.

You'll have the instructions there and see if Mr. Black will, in telling you the truth, that what we need to show is that the defendant's actions were a substantial causal factor in his death. Doesn't have to be the only causal factor, doesn't have to be the biggest substantial factor. It just has to be one of them. A substantial factor in the cause of death. And the instruction will say that the fact that other causes contribute to the death does not relieve the defendant of criminal liability.

You were told, for example, that Mr. Floyd died-- that Mr. Floyd died because his heart was too big. You heard that testimony. And now, having seen all the evidence, having heard all the evidence, you know the truth. And the truth of the matter is that the reason George Floyd is dead is because Mr. Chauvin's heart was too small.