Witness reports seeing George Floyd ‘slowly disappear’ as testimony begins in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, U.S. (AP) – A man among onlookers yelling at a Minneapolis police officer to get off George Floyd last May recounted Monday that Floyd was struggling to breathe and rolling his eyes. blank, and claimed he saw it “slowly fade … like a fish in a bag.”
A former fighter, Donald Williams, who said he was instructed in different martial arts, including choking braces, claimed that he considered Derek Chauvin turned many times to raise Floyd’s pressure. He said he yelled at the Officer who was blocking his blood flow.
Floyd’s voice became thicker as his breathing grew more broken, and finally, he ended moving. Williams recalled.
From then on, she was lifeless,” Williams said. “She didn’t move. She didn’t speak. There was no life in her body movements.”
Williams is one of the first prosecution witnesses to begin the trial of 45-year-old Chauvin, who is charged with murder in Floyd’s death. He is expected to continue testifying Tuesday.
Prosecutors began their argument Monday by showing part of the video taken by a passerby that captured Floyd’s arrest on May 25. Chauvin and three other officers were fired shortly after the video sparked outrage and protests that spread from Minneapolis to various parts of the world.
Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell exposed shots to the hearers during the initial reports, stating their number was 9 minutes and 29 seconds to remember how much time Chauvin detained Floyd against the ground.
The white agent “didn’t budge” even after Floyd, already handcuffed, said 27 times that he couldn’t breathe and was immobile, Blackwell said.
The prosecutor said he placed his knees on her neck and back, mashing and hurting him, until his last breath – no, ladies and gentlemen – until he found out for himself.
Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, argued that the police officer “did exactly what he had been trained to do throughout his 19-year career.”
Floyd was defending himself against attempts to get him into a squad car, and the crowd of bystanders around Chauvin and his fellow officers grew in size and increasingly hostile, Nelson said.
The lawyer also denied that Chauvin is to blame for Floyd’s death.
Floyd, 46, showed no choking sign and had fentanyl and methamphetamine in his body, Nelson alleged. He said Floyd’s use of narcotics, combined with his heart disease, hypertension, and the adrenaline rushing through his body, caused an arrhythmia that killed him.
Nelson noted, There is no social or political matter in this court. However, the proof is much higher than 9 minutes and 29 seconds.
However, Blackwell rejected the argument that Floyd’s drug use or underlying health problems caused his death, saying it was the policeman’s knee that killed him.
Jena Scurry, a Minneapolis police operator, testified that she saw part of Floyd’s arrest through a municipal surveillance camera and was so disturbed that she called a sergeant on duty. Scurry said he was concerned that the officers had not moved after several minutes.
You can say I’m a snitch if you want to,” Scurry said in her call to the sergeant, which was introduced in court. She said that normally she would not have called the sergeant to mention the use of force because she was out of court. But my intuition told me that something is evil—scope of their duties.
The video featured during the opening statements was posted on Facebook by a passerby who saw Floyd get arrested after he was accused of attempting to pay with a fake $ 20 bill at a 24-hour mini-store.
Floyd says in the video. My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts, then says, Officer, I can’t breathe. Bystanders regularly shout at the policeman to get off Floyd, telling him that he was not resisting, moving, breathing.
The other three officers will be tried in August because Judge Peter Cahill determined that there was not enough space to try all four at the same time.