As the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin continues, the court was shown a new footage of George Floyd in the store shortly before his death.
The clerk told the court that the memo paid by Mr. Floyd was fake and he believed he was taking drugs but could talk.
Floyd’s May 2020 arrest and death sparked global protests over police and racism.
Immediately after Mr. Floyd left the store, a deadly encounter with his police began.
It ended with Chauvin pushing his knees into Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes before he died.
Chauvin, 45, has denied charges of murder and manslaughter. Defendant lawyers have indicated that 46-year-old Floyd claimed to have died from an overdose and poor health, and the force used was reasonable.
Trial observers said Wednesday’s footage could be an attempt by a prosecutor to address the allegations that the drug was involved in his death.
A clerk, Christopher Martin, 19, told the court that he had easily interacted with Floyd as a customer in Cup Foods shortly before his arrest.
Mr Floyd “looked expensive” because he had a hard time answering simple questions, but he was clear enough to have a conversation. He described Mr. Floyd as “friendly and friendly.”
In the store’s surveillance video, you can see Mr. Floyd laughing, talking to people, and walking around.
Martin told the jury that he had sold cigarette packets to Floyd and received counterfeit banknotes as payment. Martin explained that he knew the bill was fake because of its color and texture, but Floyd added that he “did not know it was a fake note.”
He said he had considered deducting it from his wages at the store instead of confronting Mr. Floyd, but then decided to talk to his manager. Another employee called the police.
Martin, who witnessed the arrest, said he felt “distrust and guilt” because “if I didn’t submit the bill, this could have been avoided.”
What else has happened in the previous trials?
In an opening statement on Monday, Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told the jury that Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck and used “excessive and irrational force” to detain him, “betraying the badge.” “.
Meanwhile, Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, said the case was not about “political or social causes,” but about evidence. He said Mr Floyd had taken drugs “to hide them from the police” at the time of his arrest, suggesting that this contributed to his death.
Four young witnesses stood on the stand on Tuesday. Dhanera, a teenager whose movie of Floyd’s death caused worldwide protests, said he “continues to apologize” for “doing nothing more.”
She told the court that she had begun filming on the phone because she “saw a man who was frightened and begging for life.”
“That wasn’t right-he was suffering,” she said.
A witness, mixed martial arts trained Donald Williams II, was questioned by the prosecution and defense for over an hour on Monday and Tuesday. He told the court that Chauvin used a dangerous technique called “blood choke” to move his knees back and forth to increase pressure on Floyd’s back and neck.
He rejected the defense proposal that his interaction with the police of other bystanders threatened the police there.
Minneapolis firefighter and emergency medical technician Genevieve Hansen, who was off duty at the time of his arrest, said he was “desperate to help” Floyd, but police did not forgive her.
Chauvin remained silent, but remained involved during the process, listening to evidence and taking almost constant notes in the yellow statutory book.
Why is this case so important?
Video footage of Derek Chauvin, who knelt on George Floyd’s neck last May, was seen around the world.
For many, Mr Floyd’s death in police custody became a symbol of police atrocities, especially against colored races, and triggered large-scale demonstrations for racial justice.
But despite global protests, this is not an open and shut case. In the United States, police are rarely convicted of death or prosecution on duty.
The verdict in this case is widely seen as an indication of how the US legal system treats deaths that occur during police detention.