Witnesses explain that they saw Floyd “slowly disappear”

Minneapolis (AP) — A man among spectators yelling at Minneapolis police officers to get off George Floyd last May continued his testimony on Tuesday. He saw Floyd “slowly disappearing … like a fish in a bag.”

Former wrestler Donald Williams, who said he had been trained in mixed martial arts, including strangulation, testified Monday that he thought Derek Chauvin had used Simmy’s move several times to increase pressure on Floyd. He said he shouted to police that he was blocking Floyd’s blood supply.

Williams recalled that Floyd’s voice became thicker as he became more difficult to breathe and eventually stopped moving.

“From there he died,” Williams said. “He didn’t move, he didn’t talk, he had no life in him anymore with his body movements.”

Williams was one of the first witnesses to prosecute Chauvin, 45, who was charged with murder and manslaughter. Floyd’s death.

The prosecutor led the proceedings by playing part of a video of a bystander who captured Floyd’s arrest on May 25. Chauvin and three other police officers were fired shortly after the video touched on anger, protests, and sometimes violence from Minneapolis around the world.

Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell showed the jury the video as soon as possible after telling the opening statement that the number to remember was 9 minutes and 29 seconds. Chauvin Floyd was fixed on the pavement last May.

According to Blackwell, white police officers “did not give up” after 27 times saying that the handcuffed Floyd was unable to breathe and became supple.

“He put his knees on his neck and back and was out of breath, no, ladies and gentlemen, he grinded and crushed him until his life was squeezed out of him,” said the prosecutor.

Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, argued that “Derek Chauvin did exactly what he was trained in throughout his 19-year career.”

According to Nelson, Floyd was fighting efforts to put him in a police car as the crowd of spectators around Chauvin and his fellow officers grew and became more and more hostile.

Attorneys also argued that Chauvin was due to Floyd’s death.

According to Nelson, the 46-year-old Floyd had no signs of suffocation and had fentanyl and methamphetamine in the system. He said Floyd’s substance use, combined with his heart disease, high blood pressure, and adrenaline flowing through his body, caused the heart rhythm disorder that killed him.

“There is no political or social reason for this court,” Nelson said. “But the evidence is much longer than 9 minutes and 29 seconds.”

However, Blackwell rejected the argument that Floyd’s drug use or underlying health was the cause, and said it was the policeman’s knee that killed him.

Minneapolis police dispatcher Jena Scully testified that she was so upset that she called the sergeant when she saw some of Floyd’s arrests unfolding through the city’s surveillance cameras. Scully said she was worried because the policeman didn’t move after a few minutes.

“If you want, you can call me a snitch,” Scully said on her phone call to the sergeant played in court. She said she wouldn’t normally call the sergeant because the use of force is beyond her job, but “I was telling me something was wrong with my instinct.”

The video played during the opening statement was posted on Facebook by a bystander who witnessed Floyd being arrested at a convenience store for trying to hand over a counterfeit $ 20 bill. The jury was keen to watch the video play on multiple screens. One took a sharp breath, as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. Chauvin sat quietly, took notes, and watched the video on a regular basis.

“My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts,” Floyd said in a video, “Police, I can’t breathe.” Spectators repeatedly yelled at the police to get off Floyd, saying he wasn’t moving, breathing, or resisting. A woman confirmed that she was an employee of the city’s fire department, yelled at Chauvin, and checked Floyd’s pulse.

The prosecution said the case was “not a momentary decision” by police officers, but an undue force against someone who was handcuffed and did not resist.

Blackwell said a fire department employee wanted to help but was warned by Chauvin who turned Mace to her.

“She wanted to check his pulse, check Mr. Floyd’s well-being,” the prosecutor said. “She did her best to intervene …. she couldn’t help.”

The timeline differs from the first report submitted by the prosecutor last May that Chauvin held his knee around Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Immediately time 8:46 It became a rally cry In that case. But it was revised investigating.

According to the court, 14 juries or agents are hearing the case. Eight of them are white and six are black or multi-ethnic. Only 12 people are intended. The judge does not say which is the alternative.

Before the trial began, Floyd’s family lawyer Ben Crump blew up the idea that the trial would be a tough test for the jury.

“If George Floyd is a white American citizen and he suffers from this painful, winding death with a police officer’s knee in his neck, no one says this is a difficult case. Let’s do it, “he said.

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the courthouse after the proceedings that day. The speaker sought justice from Floyd and others who died in the police encounter. One speaker, Jalani Hussein, shouted, “Police officers are not beyond the law!”

Downtown Minneapolis County Courthouses are reinforced with concrete barriers, fences, and barbed razor wires. City and state leaders are determined to prevent repeated riots after Floyd’s death. The National Guard has already been mobilized.

Chauvin’s trial is livestreamed over the prosecution’s opposition. Judge Peter Cahill ordered the camera to be allowed, primarily for pandemics and the required social distance. As a result, there was little room for the audience in the courtroom.

Cahill has determined that there is not enough space to try all four at once, so three other former officers will be brought to trial in August.


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