Derek Chauvin Told Witness George Floyd Was "Probably On Something"

Derek Chauvin Told Witness George Floyd Was

One video played Wednesday showed Chauvin saying Floyd was "a sizable guy" and "probably on something".

A cashier who was one of the last people to speak with George Floyd before his deadly arrest last May testified at Derek Chauvin's murder trial in Minneapolis on Wednesday that Floyd appeared to be high on drugs but was able to make friendly conversation.

A security-camera scene of people joking around inside the store soon gave way to the sight of officers pulling Floyd from his vehicle at gunpoint, struggling to put him in a squad auto as he frantically said he was claustrophobic, and then pinning him to the pavement.

In this image from video, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides, Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, in the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn.

When he saw the paramedics arrive, McMillan said he knew "in my mind and in my instinct that it was over for Mr. Floyd".

Prosecutor Erin Eldridge played police body camera video of Floyd apparently struggling as officers tried to put him in the backset of the police auto.

Martin later said he was upset to see Chauvin on top of Floyd, and went up to another Black man on the sidewalk. McMillian's also on the side telling the cops that they need to take their knee off of Floyd's neck. Later, when asked why he no longer works at Cup Foods, he said "I didn't feel safe".

Shop employee Christopher Martin, 19, told the court he briefly interacted with Mr Floyd as a customer inside Cup Foods shortly before his arrest. "Mama, I love you", he says.

Martin was on the stand Wednesday in Minneapolis, where he spoke about how he and other employees at the store confronted Floyd past year when he was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes.

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As the trial played security camera footage from the arrest, the video showed Martin with his hands on his head, and he was asked what was going through his mind at the time.

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.

The defence has argued that Chauvin did what he was trained to do and that Floyd's death was not caused by the officer's knee, as prosecutors contend, but by Floyd's illegal drug use, heart disease, high blood pressure and the adrenaline flowing through his body. And Donald Williams, who is Black, spent several minutes pleading with officer Chauvin and, in some cases, insulting him as he pinned Floyd down.

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.

Mr Martin and co-workers went outside to a auto where Mr Floyd was sitting with two other people but they refused to return to the store and the manager called the police.

Martin said he immediately believed the $20 that Floyd gave him was fake due to it having a "blue pigment", but accepted it "to do him a favour" even though store policy was that the amount would be taken out of his paycheck. "I thought I'd be doing him a favor".

The 19-year-old said after second-guessing his decision, he informed the store manager who told him to go outside and ask Floyd to return to the store. "I just didn't want to have to show it to anyone or be questioned about it", he said.

Witness Donald Williams says he called 911 after watching Chauvin shove his knee into Floyd's neck because he believed he had witnessed a murder. He told the court Mr Chauvin had used a risky technique called a "blood choke" and was moving his knee back and forth to increase the pressure on Mr Floyd's back and neck.

"I felt helpless", McMillian said.

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