Minneapolis (AP) — Former Minneapolis Police Attorney Police officer on trial At the death of George Floyd, three police officers fixed him to the ground, so he tried on Wednesday to show that Floyd shouted, “I ate too much medicine.”
Attorney Eric Nelson didn’t get the clear confirmation he was looking for, but could have sowed the seeds in the jury’s mind anyway. Because he tries to make reasonable doubt Prosecution proceedings against Derek Chauvin.
Part of his strategy to protect Chauvin from murder and manslaughter was to distract Floyd’s death from Chauvin on May 25, last year. For using illegal drugs. Autopsy found fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system.
Nelson first played a short clip with a controversial quote from another police officer’s body camera video during the testimony of Los Angeles Police Department sergeant Jody Steiger, who was an expert in the use of force by the prosecution. did. The video shows a chaotic and noisy scene when Floyd was handcuffed, lying on his stomach, yelling, and moaning in pain.
“Does it sound like he says,’Did I eat too much medicine?'” Nelson asked.
“I don’t know that,” Stiger replied. Nelson drops the subject with the tiger, but plays the clip and Minnesota Criminal Arrest Bureau, Senior Special Agent James Rayerson.
The agent agreed with Nelson, which seemed to be what Floyd was saying-a victory for defense.
But prosecutor Matthew Frank did not intend to support it. He made Reyerson say he hadn’t listened carefully to the passage before. After a break for reorganization, Frank played a longer clip from the same body cam video,
“I’ve heard that in context, can you see what Mr. Floyd is saying there?” Frank asked.
“I think Mr. Floyd said,’I don’t take medicine,'” Ryerson replied.
“So it’s a little different from what you were asked when you watched only part of the video, right?” Frank asked.
“Yes, sir,” said the agent.
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