Chauvin Trial Day 3: Jurors, eyewitnesses watch body cam, surveillance footage

George Floyd’s girlfriend recalls their relationship in emotional testimony in Derek Chauvin’s trial

"I was concerned to see a handcuffed man who was not moving with officers with their whole body weight on his back and a crowd who was stressed out", she said. "They said, if he keep talking, well, he can breathe", McMillian said.

Prosecutors put Ms Ross on the stand as part of an effort to humanise Mr Floyd in front of the jury and portray him as more than a crime statistic.

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

Paramedic Derek Smith, who treated Floyd alongside Bravinder, echoed much of what Bravinder said on the stand during his own testimony.

"And that was when he was handcuffed and on the ground and no longer resistant?" prosecutor Steve Schleicher asked.

Derek Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The footage sparked global protests against police brutality.

Ms Ross was asked whether Mr Floyd had purchased pills previously from Morries Hall, who was with him the day that he died.

Ross said they each had prescriptions for pain relievers but sometimes they got pills on the "black market".

' a lifelong struggle' George Floyd was 46 when he died.

Chauvin told Pleoger: "I was just going to call you and have you come out to our scene here", according to a clip of their conversation played in the Hennepin County District Court in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday. Pool said "it's just my opinion", but based on watching today's testimony and looking at the evidence thus far, "it appears now that George Floyd may have been in the middle of drug deal when the police approached him".

Ross admits both her and Floyd were both using in March 2020, and they tried to help each other. Ross said he tested positive for Covid-19 in "late March" and that he had been quarantining.

But she suspected he began using again about two weeks before his death because his behaviour changed: She said there would be times when he would be up and bouncing around, and other times when he would be unintelligible.

During the cross-examination of Ross, the defense asked Ross about the source of the opioids and other drugs that she and Floyd had taken.

Ross, a 45-year-old mother of two, said she had been Floyd's girlfriend since August 2017. His first thought was that some kind of struggle was going on, but it quickly became clear that Floyd was limp, and Bravinder cradled Floyd's head as they transferred him to a gurney to avoid it hitting the road. A second paramedic, Derek Smith, testified that he couldn't find a pulse: "In layman's terms?"

"It's been nights I stay up apologising and apologising to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting and not saving his life", she continued.

It was also apparently to explain his drug use to the jurors and perhaps get them to empathise with what he went through.

"I was aware that a man had been killed in police custody and I wanted to notify my supervisors to notify the appropriate people above us in the city, in the fire department and whomever else and then I also wanted to inform my deputy that there was an off-duty firefighter, who was a witness at the scene", he said.

Smith likewise said there were "multiple people" with "multiple cellphones out", and "it didn't feel like a welcoming environment".

Chauvin's lawyer has argued that the police on the scene were distracted by what they perceived as a growing and increasingly hostile crowd.

Pleoger also told the court that Chauvin had told him in a phone call after Floyd's death that Floyd had sustained an injury to his nose or mouth and later had a "medical emergency" that prompted a call for an ambulance.

He said that en route to the hospital, he stopped the ambulance to help his colleague treat Floyd because his heart "flatlined".

Including the clerk at the Cup Foods store who says he noticed Floyd used a counterfeit $20. The paramedic expressed himself in blunt terms that Floyd was "dead" or "deceased".

In her testimony, Ross described how both she and Floyd struggled with their addiction to painkillers throughout their relationship.

"May I tell the story?" she asked. But she got upset that day because the father was not coming to the lobby to discuss their son's birthday. Floyd came over to check on her.

"Floyd has this great, deep Southern voice, raspy", Ross recalled. "I was like, 'No, I'm just waiting for my sons" father.' He said, 'Can I pray with you?'".

"I look at that and I look at how that could have been one of them", said Darnella, the first of four witnesses who the judge permitted to speak off-camera because they were minors at the time of the incident.

Defence attorneys often complain such testimony allows prosecutors to play on jurors' emotions.



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