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Derek Chauvin is on trial for George Floyd's death

The chilling images also showed Floyd saying over and over again, that he could not breathe and calling for his deceased mother.

A man who witnessed George Floyd's arrest broke down on the stand as he watched composite footage from the encounter.

Martin, 19, said store policy meant that he would have to pay for any counterfeit currency he and his co-workers accepted.

Fired Minneapolis police officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane are scheduled for trial in August on charges of aiding and abetting Chauvin. 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.

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.

Mr Martin described knowing the bill was fake by its colour and texture, but added that Mr Floyd "didn't seem to know it was a fake note".

Authorities previously said Hall was a key witness in the state's investigation into the four officers who apprehended Floyd.

Mr Martin said he immediately believed the 20 dollar bill was fake. "I don't have a mama either; I understand him". "I took it anyway and was willing to put it on my tab, and then I second guessed myself", he said.

George Floyd's girlfriend smiled through tears as she told a jury on Thursday how they first met when he offered to pray with her, less than three years before his deadly arrest, and described how they both struggled with opioid addiction.

Several onlookers testified Tuesday about their increasing frustration, anger and despair as they begged Chauvin to take his knee off Floyd's neck.

"He seemed to be having an average Memorial Day, just living his life", Martin said.

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Eric Nelson, Chauvin's defense attorney, claimed in opening arguments that Mr Floyd's death was due to drugs and underlying medical conditions and not asphyxiation. He told the court Mr Chauvin had used a unsafe technique called a "blood choke" and was moving his knee back and forth to increase the pressure on Mr Floyd's back and neck.

Martin said that when Floyd was inside the store buying cigarettes, he spoke so slowly "it would appear that he was high".

Martin testified Wednesday that he watched Floyd's arrest outside with "disbelief - and guilt".

Prosecutors are seeking to demonstrate to the jury that Mr Chauvin had no justification for using a unsafe neck restraint on a compliant Mr Floyd.

Also testifying on Wednesday was Charles McMillian, 61, who said he was driving by that day and stopped to see what was going on because he is "just nosy".

McMillian, the first bystander on the scene, can be heard on video at one point telling the struggling Floyd "you can't win" and to get into the back of the police squad vehicle.

CCTV footage of George Floyd, right, inside Cup Foods on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis.

In the shop's surveillance video, Mr Floyd can be seen laughing, talking to people, and walking around.

When Eldridge asked McMillian to explain how he was feeling in that moment, he replied, "I feel helpless".

Prosecutors asked McMillian why he felt the need to speak to Chauvin.

The trial is expected to last about a month.



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