Three Weeks Testimony At The Trial Of A Former Minneapolis Police Officer Of Death George Floyd It was filled with indelible moments, from collapse to clinical reports when witnesses relived what they saw, by an expert who identified in a video the moment they believed Floyd was dead.
Derek ChauvinThe 45-year-old has been tried for murder and manslaughter after fixing Floyd on the pavement last May. The prosecution said it was nine and a half minutes. The case goes to the jury on Monday after closing arguments.
Let’s look back at some of the most compelling moments of the trial.
“Distrust and guilt”
The jury heard testimony from several witnesses to Floyd’s arrest, and many of them became emotional, remembering their frustration and despair of not being able to help Floyd.
Teenager Darnera Frazier, who shot a disastrous video of the arrest that caused national protests, Testimony with tears Chauvin ignored the screams of the bystanders when Floyd gasped for air, pleaded for his life, and finally became silent.
“It was night that I apologized to George Floyd for not doing anything more and not physically interacting and saving his life,” Chauvin added. .. “Yeah, that’s what he should have done.”
Christopher Martin, Convenience store cashier He sold cigarettes to Floyd and was handed a $ 20 bill suspected of being counterfeit. After a while, he stood on the curb and felt “distrust and guilt” when he saw Floyd’s arrest and put his hand on his head. Said that.
“If I hadn’t received the bill, this would have been avoided,” said the 19-year-old.
Charles McMillian, 61, who tried to persuade Floyd to work with the officers trying to put him in a police car, shouted, “I can’t win!” And watched a video of the struggle police body camera. I cried openly.
“I feel helpless,” he said.
As part of Prosecutor’s efforts to humanize Floyd For the jury, Floyd’s girlfriend Courtney Ross, how they met at the Salvation Army shelter where he was a guard in “this great and deep southern voice,” and they opioids. He talked about how he struggled with his addiction to.
Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, worked hard on Floyd’s drug use while cross-examinating Ross, after which he ran into seemingly irrelevant questions. What name, He asked, did you come to Floyd’s phone when she called him?
“Mama” Ross replied.
So Nelson questioned the widely reported explanation that Floyd was crying for his mother who died when he was anchored on the pavement.
“LIFE GOES OUT”
Dr. Martin Tobin, Lung and critical care specialists were one of the most compelling of the many medical professionals called in by the prosecution. He briefly explained how breathing works, such as loosening his tie, putting his hand on his neck, and encouraging the jury to do the same. ..
Tobin also narrated a video of Floyd held on the pavement, identifying what he said was a change in Floyd’s face and a clear leg kick announcing that Floyd was dead — police. About 5 minutes after I started holding him down.
“You can see his eyes. He is conscious, and you will see him not,” Tobin said. “It’s the moment when life disappears from his body.”
Prosecutors were mostly clinical in the witness investigation. One exception came after Nelson, who tried to raise doubts about Floyd’s cause of death, asked a series of hypothetical questions to a retired forensic pathologist who testified to the indictment.
“Suppose you find Mr Floyd dead in his dwelling. No police involvement or drugs, right? The only thing you’ve found is these facts about his mind. What’s the cause of death? Do you think? ”Nelson asked Dr. Lindsey Thomas, focusing on Floyd’s cardiac hypertrophy, hypertension, and arterial obstruction.
Thomas would admit that in such a “very narrow situation”, perhaps due to heart disease, and agreed to qualify Floyd’s death as a drug overdose, unless otherwise explained. Fentanyl and methamphetamine were found in him. system.
Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell was sarcastic about his reaction.
“These questions are not like asking,” she said. Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth should be removed … “Blackwell started before Nelson objected.
Prosecutors also said former California police officer Barry Brod justified detaining Floyd as he continued to struggle rather than “rest comfortably.”
It evoked a throbbing reaction on the podium from prosecutor Steve Schleicher: “Did you say’resting comfortably’?” He asked incredibly.
“Or lying comfortably,” Brod replied. His testimony contradicted the testimony of internal and external authorities of the Minneapolis police who said Chauvin. Violated his training.
“Are you resting comfortably on the pavement?” Schleicher asked again.
cause of death
Chief Inspector General Floyd’s death was judged to be a murder The prosecutor called me to the stand Disagree In a carefully crafted case where Floyd was suffocated when the airway was blocked by Chauvin’s knee.
Instead, Dr. Andrew Baker, an inspector general at Hennepin County, said the heart was released due to pressure on Floyd’s neck. He said Floyd’s heart problems were “more than Mr. Floyd could have taken,” combined with the way police held him down and squeezed his neck.
Baker did not control choking as the cause of Floyd’s death, but at some point he testified that he would postpone certain questions that he was not a breathing expert and not a breathing expert.
What did Floyd say in the clip?
Nelson asked the prosecution witnesses, playing a short video clip of a chaotic and noisy scene as Floyd lay in his stomach handcuffed, screaming in pain and moaning. “Did I eat too much medicine?”
The witness said he couldn’t understand the hard-to-hear clip, but Nelson immediately asked another witness, James Rayerson, a senior special agent at the Minnesota Criminal Arrest Department.
It was a bad moment for the prosecution and it took some time for them to be reorganized — leaving Nelson’s version in the jury’s mind. Later that day, they played a longer clip from the same video, and Ryerson revisited his assessment, saying, “I think Mr. Floyd said,’I don’t take medicine.'”
What was seen in Floyd’s mouth
Later in the trial, Nelson asked defense witnesses if Floyd might have taken the drug when police approached him.
After showing a former Maryland Chief Inspector General Dr. David Fowler Nelson asked in an image taken from a police body camera, “Did your review determine if a police officer might have ingested a controlled substance when approaching?”
“Yes,” Fowler replied. “In the back corner of Mr. Floyd’s mouth, you can see what looks like a white object.”
Nelson magnified the image and had Fowler use the stylus to point out the jury’s point.
Evidence already presented at the trial revealed that the pill wreckage found behind the police car contained floyd DNA and was tested positive for fentanyl and methamphetamine.
In a cross-examination, Blackwell accused Fowler of jumping to a conclusion and trying to confuse the jury, playing a video of Floyd from inside Cup Foods, and he appeared to be biting something white. ..
“He may have been biting, I don’t know,” Fowler replied.
“I want you to know, so let’s play again,” Blackwell said.
After seeing a magnified still image of Floyd in the store, Fowler admitted that the substance in Floyd’s mouth looked “very similar” to the white object identified in Nelson’s image.
However, Fowler pointed out that earlier testimony used the word “object” rather than “pill” with caution.
Webber reported from Fenton, Michigan.
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