Witness breaks down as he watches video of George Floyd arrest
The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is to enter its fourth day after jurors were shown video of George Floyd’s cries of “I can’t breathe” during his fatal arrest on 25 May last year.
Jurors will return to the courtroom on Thursday after being shown video footage of Floyd pleading nearly 30 times he could not breathe and calling for his mother in the minutes before his death.
Police video played in court on day three of the trial on Wednesday revealed that after an ambulance took the 46-year-old victim away, Chauvin, who had pinned his knee to the victim’s neck, defended himself to a bystander by saying Flo was “a sizable guy” and “probably on something”.
The day ended with the jury watching videos of Floyd’s arrest and death repeatedly for more than an hour, each captured from a slightly different angle by the body-cameras worn by the responding officers.
Witnesses including 19-year-old Christopher Martin, who worked at the store Floyd visited just before his death, also recounted the events of the day.
Another witness, Charles McMillian, 61, became emotional and sobbed uncontrollably after the prosecution showed video of the police struggling to get Floyd into the patrol car and calling for his mother.
The trial, which is expected to last one month, is due to resume on Thursday from 9.15am local time (10.15am EST, 3.15pm BST).
Welcome to our live coverage of the trial in Minneapolis of Derek Chauvin, a former police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, whose death last year sparked Black Lives Matter protests.
James Crump31 March 2021 12:15
Jurors shown video of George Floyd’s cries of ‘I can’t breathe’
Jurors will enter day four in the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin having been shown video of George Floyd pleading nearly 30 times that he could not breathe and calling for his mother in the minutes before his death.
Wednesday’s court session ended with the jury watching videos of Mr Floyd’s arrest and death repeatedly for more than an hour, each captured from a slightly different angle by the body-cameras worn by the responding officers.
Jurors were shown police body camera video of the approximately 20 minutes between when police approached Mr Floyd’s vehicle and when he was loaded into the ambulance.
Read Tom Batchelor’s full article here:
James Crump1 April 2021 12:47
Witnesses reflect on trauma of watching George Floyd’s death
In the third session of the trial on Wednesday, multiple witnesses described the trauma they felt watching George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, die in police custody last May.
Witness Charles McMillian, 61, was the first bystander to witness the fatal arrest, during which officer Chauvin knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. Mr McMillian began to weep as he watched video of Mr Floyd calling for his mother and begging for air.
“I can’t, I feel helpless,” Mr McMillian said, dabbing his eyes with a tissue. “I don’t have a mother either, I understand him.”
While earlier in the day, 19-year-old Christopher Martin, a cashier at Cup Foods, a nearby grocery store, described standing there in “disbelief and guilt” as the arrest unfolded on the street outside.
Read Josh Marcus’ full report here:
James Crump1 April 2021 13:09