"Looks like he's probably on something", Chauvin said, suggesting Floyd had taken drugs.
A store clerk has told the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin that he regretted accepting the fake $20 bill from George Floyd that led to his arrest and eventual death. "They said, if he keep talking, well, he can breathe", McMillian said.
At one point during his testimony, McMillan broke down sobbing, dropped his head, and removed his glasses to wipe tears from his eyes after prosecutors played the video of police putting Floyd in the auto.
Chauvin continued to kneel on Floyd while fellow Officer Tou Thao held back about 15 onlookers, even when Hansen identified herself as a firefighter and pleaded repeatedly to check Floyd's pulse, according to witnesses and bystander video.
FLORIDO: Yeah, the witnesses today included Darnella Frazier - she's the teenager who filmed the cellphone video of Floyd's arrest that so much of the world has seen by now - also an off-duty firefighter who stumbled upon the scene. He can be heard on video telling Mr Chauvin: "Your knee on his neck, that's wrong man".
"I feel helpless", McMillan said to describe the way he felt while watching the arrest.
"If I would have just not taken the bill, this could have been avoided", Christopher Martin, a 19-year-old cashier at Cup Foods, testified in court Wednesday.
ERIC NELSON: It's fair to say that you grew angrier and angrier.
The Hennepin County Public Defender's Office filed a notice Wednesday on behalf of Morries Lester Hall, 42, who was in the vehicle with Floyd when police approached him for allegedly using a fake $20 bill at Cup Foods in Minneapolis.
Mr Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the police force, faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge - second-degree murder.
The video was part of a mountain of footage - both official and amateur - and witness testimony at Derek Chauvin's murder trial that all together showed how Floyd's alleged attempt to pass a fake 20 dollar bill at a neighbourhood market last May escalated into tragedy.
Prosecutors are seeking to demonstrate to the jury that Mr Chauvin had no justification for using a risky neck restraint on a compliant Mr Floyd. The defence has argued that the now-fired officer did what his training told him to do and that Floyd's death was not caused by Chauvin's knee on his neck, as prosecutors contend, but by a combination of illegal drug use, heart disease, high blood pressure and the adrenaline flowing through his body.
"Mama! Mama! Mama", Floyd cried out several times on the video. "I thought I'd be doing him a favor".
Floyd is handcuffed and taken to a squad auto where he becomes increasingly distressed and struggles with the officers who are trying to put him in the back of the vehicle.
Frazier told the court that on May 25, 2020, she had been walking to a corner store with her younger cousin when she encountered police pinning Floyd to the ground.
Mr Martin said he tried twice to get Mr Floyd and his friends to come back into the store to speak with a manager about the bill, but they refused.
"I thought George didn't really know that it was a fake bill", Martin said.
When Floyd did not do so, the manager told an employee to call police - a fateful call that ultimately ended with Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck.
FLORIDO: It is, and that's a theme that emerged in the testimony of most of today's witnesses; this feeling that they should have done more as they watched Floyd's life slip away under Chauvin's knee. "I just didn't want to have to show it to anyone or be questioned about it", he said. "I was desperate to give help". "Why you doing me like this?"
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