Minneapolis (AP) — A Minneapolis police sergeant who worked on the night of George Floyd’s death testified that the police detaining Floyd may have ended it after he stopped resisting.
David Preoger testified Thursday in the trial of dismissed police officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged with murder and manslaughter for Floyd’s death. He said police officers were trained to roll people to their side to help them breathe after they were detained in the prone position.
“They may have ended their detention when Mr Floyd was no longer offering resistance to police,” Preoger said.
“And was it after he was handcuffed and put on the ground and no longer resistant?” Asked prosecutor Steve Schleicher.
“That’s right,” Ploeger replied, and is now retired.
Chauvin, 45, white, has been accused of killing Floyd Fix his knee A 46-year-old black man laid his handcuffs down on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. Floyd was accused of handing over a counterfeit $ 20 bill at a nearby market.
Triggered by his death Massive protests across the United StatesExtensive soul quest for scattered violence, racism and police atrocities. The most serious accusations against Chauvin involve up to 40 years in prison.
Thursday’s testimony began with tears of how Floyd’s girlfriend met the jury in 2017.
“Our story is a classic story of how many people get addicted to opioids. We both suffered from chronic pain. My neck is on my neck and he Was on my back, “said 45-year-old Courteney Ross.
She said they “really worked hard to get rid of the addiction many times.”
Prosecutor put Ross on the stand to humanize Floyd In front of the jury, he describes him as more than criminal statistics and describes his drug use.
Defenders claim that Chauvin had been trained when he encountered Floyd last May, and that Floyd’s death was caused by drugs, his underlying health, and his own adrenaline. Did. Autopsy found fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system.
Ross said she and Floyd suffered from addiction through their relationship — testimony that could help prosecutors blunt the argument that drugs killed Floyd. Medical experts said that levels of fentanyl in his system can be fatal, but people who use the drug on a regular basis can develop tolerance.
Ross said they both had prescriptions and when they were gone they took the prescriptions of others and used illegal drugs.
In my opinion, addiction is a lifelong struggle. … it’s not just a kind of back and forth. That’s what I treat forever, “she said.
In March 2020, Ross drove to the emergency room because Floyd was suffering from extreme abdominal pain, and she learned that he had overdose. In the months that followed, Ross said she and Floyd spent a lot of time together during the coronavirus quarantine, and Floyd was clean.
However, she suspected that his behavior had changed and that he had begun using it again about two weeks before he died.
Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, worked diligently on Floyd’s substance use in cross-examinating Ross and asked questions aimed at demonstrating the risk of overdose and death.
Under a question from Nelson, Ross also revealed that Floyd’s nickname on his phone was “Mama.”
Also on Thursday, an emergency worker who arrived at the scene that day testified that the first call was Code 2 for a person with a mouth injury, but was upgraded to Code 3 a minute and a half later. They turn on lights and sirens.
Seth Brabinder said Floyd had no signs of breathing or moving and appeared to be in cardiac arrest. The second paramedic, Derek Smith, testified that he checked the pulse but could not detect it. I thought he was dead “
Brabinder said he was able to put Floyd in an ambulance for “optimal” care, but yelled because bystanders “looked very upset on the sidewalk.” “At least in my mind, we wanted to escape from it,” he said.
Chauvin’s lawyer claimed that police on the scene were distracted by their growing and perceived as an increasingly hostile crowd.The video showed about 15 Onlooker Near where Floyd lay.
Brabinder said the monitor showed that Floyd’s heart wasn’t beating after driving three blocks of the ambulance and returning to help his partner. He said they could never recover their pulse.
During the cross-examination, Chauvin’s lawyer questioned why the ambulance did not go straight to the hospital, and he imposed Floyd’s condition on Smith while lying on the pavement. First aid frankly said Floyd was “dead” or “dead.”
Ross began his testimony by talking about how she and Floyd met in a shelter where Floyd was a guard.
“May I talk?” She asked. “That’s one of my favorite stories.”
She said she went to a shelter because her son’s father was staying there. But she got angry that day because her father hadn’t come to the lobby to discuss her son’s birthday. Floyd came to check her.
“Floyd has this wonderful, deep Southern voice and is jarring,” Ross recalled. And I wasn’t okay. I was like, “No, I’m just waiting for my son’s father.” He said, “Can I pray with you?”
“This kind person just approached me and said,’May I pray with you?’ When I felt lonely in this lobby, it was very sweet,” she said.
Minnesota rarely explicitly allows such things “Sparks of life” Testimony about victims of crime in court. Defense lawyers often argue that such testimony allows prosecutors to play with the jury’s emotions.
Webber reported from Fenton, Michigan.
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