Six witnesses testified Tuesday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and shed many tears, reminiscent of the day George Floyd died.
Witnesses include a mixed martial arts fighter, a teenager who has now recorded a viral video of Floyd’s death, a teenage nine-year-old cousin, two high school seniors who said they wanted to get an auxiliary cord, and a Minneapolis firefighter were going to the store for a walk while watching the incident.
On Monday, 911 dispatchers working on the streets and two other witnesses from a cashier testified on Monday, And defense and prosecution lawyers heard their case.
On May 25, 2020, A black man, Floyd, died in police custody. Chauvin, who is white, bound his knee to Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes as Floyd screamed I can’t breathe, told more than 20 times. Chauvin is charged with second-degree manslaughter, second-degree murder, third-degree murder.
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The court was expected to reopen at 9 a.m.
Minneapolis firefighter Genevieve Hansen, 27, who underwent EMT training and witnessed the incident, testified Tuesday afternoon.
The court heard 18-year-old high school student Alyssa Nicole Funari on Tuesday afternoon. She said she was going to Cup Foods with her friend that day to get an auxiliary cord. He recorded three videos of the incident from his friend’s phone. The court also heard from her friend.
On Tuesday morning, the day of George Floyd’s death, a 9-year-old girl, wearing a shirt with the word “love,” testified.
A teenage girl, Darnella Frazier, who recorded the infamous video recording of George Floyd’s arrest and death, also testified that the incident changed her life.
Judge Peter Cahill on Tuesday denied the first motion of the state movement to prevent the release of all audio and video of the four key witnesses.
Cahill said the witnesses, including the current 18-year-old woman, who was 17 at the time and filmed the viral biceps video, would be referred by name only but did not speak.
Protesters outside the Supreme Court demanded justice for George Floyd
A 48-year-old high school English teacher, Kaia Hirt, was wrapped in a blanket and heavy chains and locked in a security fence around the building outside the courtyard.
Kaia Hirt, who has two children, said he had been locked up for about 24 hours at intervals. On Tuesday afternoon, she was one of only ten people who quietly asked for justice for Floyd.