New pictures of George Floyd's injuries have been made public for the first time as part of the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin.

Mr Floyd died after the former policeman knelt on his neck for more than seven minutes, despite the dad saying he could not breathe.

Chauvin was charged with murder and manslaughter after the 46-year-old African American died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25 last year.

The jury is now considering its verdict after the prosecution and defence delivered their closing arguments.

Pictures of Mr Floyd's injuries, which were previously shown during the trial, have now been made public for the first time.

One of the images shows bruises and abrasions on the left side of Mr Floyd's face.

New pictures show cuts on Mr Floyd's knuckles
New pictures show cuts on Mr Floyd's knuckles

Others show red raw cuts to his knuckles and a bloody graze on his shoulder.

Prosecutor Steve Schleicher urged the jury to use their common sense and 'believe your eyes' during his closing remarks yesterday.

Chauvin, who is white, is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and third-degree manslaughter.

The images also showed bruises and abrasions on Mr Floyd's face and bloody grazes on his shoulder
The images also showed bruises and abrasions on Mr Floyd's face and bloody grazes on his shoulder
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with murdering Mr Floyd
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with murdering Mr Floyd

Referring to the video of Chauvin kneeling on Mr Floyd's neck, Mr Schleicher told the jury: "What you saw, you saw.

"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… It’s exactly what you knew.

"It’s what you felt in your gut. It’s what you now know in your heart. This wasn’t policing; this was murder.

Protesters pictured outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis yesterday
Protesters pictured outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis yesterday

"The defendant is guilty of all three counts. All of them. And there is no excuse.”

Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree "depraved mind" murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Defence lawyer Eric Nelson argued Chauvin acted reasonably.

He cited testimony defending the use of 'the knee on the neck' as a valid restraint technique.

The lawyer also suggested Mr Floyd's pre-existing health issues and drug use could have killed him.

The jury have now retired to consider three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses, including bystanders and medical experts, along with hours of video evidence that make up the most high-profile US police misconduct case in decades.

After listening to closing arguments for most of Monday, the jury must reach a unanimous verdict on each charge to convict or
acquit.