Girlfriend Shares Personal Stories On Witness Stand — George Floyd Case

Girlfriend Shares Personal Stories On Witness Stand — George Floyd Case”

"That's one person's opinion", Chauvin responded to McMillian as he got into his squad vehicle. "We both suffered from chronic pain: mine was in my neck, his was in his back".

"Mine was in my neck and his was in his back", 45-year-old Courteney Ross said on the fourth day of former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial.

"It's a classic story of how many people get addicted to opioids", she said.

Prosecutors put Ross on the stand as part of an effort to humanize Floyd in front of the jury and portray him as more than a crime statistic, and also explain his drug use. Defense attorneys plan to make the case that Floyd died of unrelated medical issues and drug use, and they have argued Chauvin was following proper police protocol. He based his argument on the fact that traces of fentanyl and methamphetamine were found in his body during the autopsy.

Bodycam footage presented at Chauvin's trial, which was released by the BBC, shows the officer pushing Floyd as he asks to be released.

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 footage of the arrest prompted widespread outrage, setting off protests across the USA and around the world.

Chauvin's lawyers are arguing that his death was not actually the responsibility of the police officers that knelt on his neck for nearly 10 minutes, but rather a drug overdose. "Mine was in my neck and his was in his back", Ross told the court.

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

She said: "Opioid relaxes".

They had their first kiss in the lobby that night and except an occasional break were together until his death, she said.

Ross, who was a prosecution witness, testified that she and Floyd used drugs on and off throughout their three-year relationship.

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

He described arriving on the scene and seeing Floyd's "limp" body on the ground as three officers, including Chauvin, remained on top of him.

In March 2020, Ms Ross drove Mr Floyd to the emergency room because he was in extreme stomach pain, and she learned he had overdosed.

Defense attorney Eric Nelson asked Ross details about the pills they took last Spring, and what kind of effect they had on her and Floyd.

Under re-direct questioning from prosecutors, Ross clarified that Floyd also called his mother "mama".

"May I tell the story?" she asked.

Paramedic Seth Zachary Bravinder, who provided medical assistance to George Floyd, told the court that when he arrived at the scene, he could tell from a distance that Floyd wasn't breathing.

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In the months that followed, Ross said, she and Floyd spent a lot of time together during the coronavirus quarantine, and Floyd was clean during that time.

"It's not a good sign", Bravinder said. "In my mind at least, we wanted to get away from that", he said.

Video was shown of the clerk, Chris Martin, and Floyd inside the Cup Foods store.

Mr Floyd was 6 foot 4 inches tall and 223 pounds, according to the autopsy.

"We're learning that Floyd is not a ideal person, as none of us are", said David Schultz, a law professor at the University of Minnesota.

During his testimony, Smith also said that he kept attempting to resuscitate Floyd because "he is a human being and I was trying to give a second chance at life".

She said she became upset because the father was not coming to the lobby to discuss their son's birthday. Nelson asked her. She said no.

"It's one of my favorite stories to tell".

She said she believed the photo was taken outside the Salvation Army in the autumn of 2017.

Witnesses to the arrest of George Floyd have given emotional testimony about being at the scene of Mr Floyd's arrest.

"I did call the police on the police".

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

"I felt like there wasn't really anything I could do", Alyssa continued.

"I was exhausted. We've been through so much, my sons and I, and (for) this kind person just to come up and say, 'Can I pray with you?'.it was so sweet". "I had lost a lot of faith in God".

Minnesota is a rarity in explicitly permitting such "spark of life" testimony ahead of a verdict.

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

The witness, Morries Lester Hall, was seated in the passenger seat of Floyd's vehicle when Minneapolis police officers approached him about using a counterfeit $20 bill to pay for cigarettes at Cup Foods.

"It would be reasonable to put a knee on someone's neck until they were not resisting anymore but it should stop when they are no longer combative", Pleoger said.

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