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Seth Bravinder said he saw no signs that Floyd was breathing or moving, and it appeared he was in cardiac arrest. "It's something I'll deal with forever", she said. He said Mr Floyd had ingested drugs at the time of his arrest "in an effort to hide them from the police", and suggested this had contributed to his death.

Bravinder said after he drove the ambulance three blocks and jumped in back to help his partner, a monitor showed that Floyd had flatlined - his heart had stopped.

Bravinder recalls putting his hand under Floyd's head when he was moved to keep it safe, and feeling that it was limp. But he said, the main reason was that all their gear that would help them start a resuscitation process was in the ambulance.

Ross said she believed that he had at times obtained pills from Hall.

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UPDATE, 10:30 a.m. ET: The first witness on Thursday is Courteney Ross, a woman who met Floyd in 2017 and was in a relationship with him. Floyd was a security guard at the Salvation Army at the time, and met Ross when she went to the shelter to check on her son's father. In the months that followed, Ross said, she and Floyd spent a lot of time together during the coronavirus quarantine, and Floyd was clean.

Ross said they both had prescriptions, and when those ran out, they took the prescriptions of others and also used illegal drugs.

Attorneys for Hall asked the prosecution to squash his subpoena.

Nelson asked about Ross' knowledge about Morries Hall, who was with Floyd outside the Cup Foods on May 25, 2020.

According to a Minnesota official, Hall provided a false name to officers at the scene of Floyd's arrest.

Under re-direct questioning from prosecutors, Ross clarified that Floyd also called his mother "mama". "But it was different how he said it", Ross said.

Prosecutors trying a white former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd's death put Floyd's girlfriend on the witness stand Thursday in an effort to humanize him for the jury, but her testimony also gave the defense an opportunity to delve into Floyd's drug use.


Chauvin, 45, is charged with murder and manslaughter, accused of killing Floyd by kneeling on the 46-year-old Black man's neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds, as he lay face-down in handcuffs last May. This was already confirmed in the autopsy, but the photograph shows medical personnel checking Floyd's pulse-while Chauvin's knee remained on Floyd's "neck area" as stated in the autopsy report. Floyd died at the scene.

The defence has argued that Chauvin did what he was trained to do and that Floyd's death was caused instead by his illegal drug use, underlying health conditions and the adrenaline flowing through his body.

Some of the videos from the scene made one witness become so overwhelmed by emotions the court had to take a short recess.

As Law Officer has previously reported, the neck restraint used by Chauvin was approved by the Minneapolis Police Department and specifically written in policy.

Mr Martin told the jury he had sold Mr Floyd a packet of cigarettes, and received a counterfeit note as payment.

"That's one person's opinion", Chauvin could be heard responding. "We gotta control this guy 'cause he's a sizable guy. and it looks like he's probably on something".

Chauvin's body camera was knocked off during the initial struggle with Floyd and only captured audio. His camera was later found and placed back on his uniform.

The teen described feeling "disbelief" and "guilt" about what happened to Floyd.

Cup Foods cashier Christopher Martin testified Wednesday that after Floyd left the store, his manager asked him to approach Floyd in the auto.

Upon arriving, Bravinder said there were "multiple officers on top of the patient", making him assume a struggle was ongoing. It laid out the events of others involved in detail, from the moment they arrived on scene to after Floyd is taken away, and how they talked to bystanders and eyewitnesses afterward.

Mr Floyd's May 2020 arrest and death sparked global protests over policing and racism.

Pleoger, the precinct's supervisor before he retired, said in court Thursday that he called Chauvin after a 911 dispatcher reached out with worries.

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