State prosecutor Steve Schleicher began closing arguments today by noting that “On May 25th, 2020 George Floyd died face down on the pavement, right on 38th and Chicago in Minneapolis, 9:29, 9:29.” Schleicher said Floyd did not exhibit “superhuman” strength as a result of excited delirium due to drug use and added “there’s no such thing as a superhero because there’s no such thing as a superhuman–those exist in comic books. 38th and Chicago is a very real place, not superhumans, only humans.” Schleicher said Chauvin betrayed his badge on May 25th, 2020. The defense will offer its closing argument when the state is finished, then the state will offer its rebuttal before the jury begins deliberation. Schleicher wrapped up his closing statement by telling the jury “this case is exactly what you thought when you saw it first when you saw that video, it is exactly that…you can believe your eyes…this case is exactly what you knew, it’s what you felt in your gut, it’s what you now know in your heart.” Defense attorney Eric Nelson in his closing, countered the prosecution’s argument and said, “the state has focused your attention on 9:29, the ‘proper analysis’ is to take those 9:29 and to put it into the context of the ‘totality of the circumstances that a reasonable police officer would know.” Nelson argued that Chauvin’s use of force was reasonable and that pre-existing health conditions and previous drug use were key factors in Floyd’s death. And he reminded the jury that Chauvin must be considered innocent until proven guilty, and added: “Until and unless the state has proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt, the defendant does not have to prove his innocence.” Nelson in his closing argument said Chauvin “was in fact following his training, he was following Minneapolis police department policies he was trained this way, it all demonstrates a lack of intent, there is absolutely no evidence that Officer Chauvin, intentionally, purposefully applied unlawful force.” And Neslon refuted several of the state’s expert medical witnesses who testified that Floyd’s drug use was not a primary cause of his death and said, “it’s a preposterous notion that this did not come into play here.” Wrapping up his rebuttal to the defense, prosecutor Jerry Blackwell disputed an earlier claim from the defense that George Floyd may have died because of the impact on his enlarged heart, and added, “now having seen all the evidence, having heard all the evidence, you know the truth, and the truth of the matter is, the reason Mr. Floyd is dead is because Mr. Chauvin’s heart was too small.” The jury is deliberating the facts and will be sequestered during the deliberation. Chauvin is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.