Derek Chauvin trial: George Floyd's girlfriend testifies

Derek Chauvin trial: First footage shown of George Floyd inside shop

In some of the video, Mr Floyd can be heard calling out, "Mama!" repeatedly and saying, "Mama, I love you!".

The equipment to treat a stopped heart was in the ambulance, Bravinder explained, and said there was a crowd of people yelling on the curb and so they wanted to move Floyd away from that to give him the vehicle he needed in the most "optimum environment" they could. He pointed out that she supposedly told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that she believed Floyd had overdosed on heroin last March and that the couple used pills in May that made her feel as if she was going to die.

A key witness in the state's case against Chauvin has filed a notice that he plans to exercise his Fifth Amendment rights, meaning he will likely not testify.

Observers of the trial say Wednesday's footage may be an attempt by prosecutors to deal with the allegation that drugs played a part in his death.

Courteney Ross also cried on the witness stand on Thursday as she told the story of how they first met in 2017 at a Salvation Army shelter where Floyd was a security guard with "this great Southern voice, raspy". Another officer checked Floyd's wrist for a pulse and said he couldn't find one. In the USA, police are rarely convicted for deaths that occur while they are on duty, if they are charged at all.

"Addiction, in my opinion, is a lifelong struggle", she said.

Mr Chauvin, who is white, was sacked by the city's police department the day after he was captured on video with his knee on the neck of Mr Floyd, a black man in handcuffs. In May of 2020, Ross says she suspected Floyd was using again.

Under cross-examination by Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson, Ross said Floyd's pet name for her in his phone was "Mama" - testimony that called into question the widely reported account that Floyd was crying out for this mother as he lay pinned to the pavement. But Floyd and a passenger in his SUV twice refused to go back into the store to resolve the issue, and the manager had a co-worker call police, Martin testified. "But it was different how he said it", Ross said.

Former police officer Derek Chauvin goes on trial accused of the murder of George Floyd. Wednesday, jurors saw new video and different angles of the events that took place on May 25, 2020 outside Cup Foods. The comments were captured on his body camera and were played at trial Wednesday, where Chauvin faces charges of murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death, CNN reports.

Chauvin's knee pins his neck, another officer's knee holds his back and a third officer holds his legs, with the officers talking calmly about whether he might be on drugs. Floyd died at the scene.

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The defence has argued that Chauvin did what he was trained to do and that Mr Floyd's death was not caused by the officer's knee, as prosecutors contend, but by Mr Floyd's illegal drug use, heart disease, high blood pressure and the adrenaline flowing through his body.

Some of the videos from the scene made one witness become so overwhelmed by emotions the court had to take a short recess.

Floyd's death, along with the harrowing bystander video of him gasping for breath as onlookers yelled at Chauvin to get off him, triggered sometimes violent protests around the world and a reckoning over racism and police brutality across the U.S.

McMillian also confronted Chauvin after the incident.

Chauvin is heard explaining his actions, saying, "We got to control this guy because he's a sizable guy, and it looks like he is probably on something".

They had to ask Chauvin and other officers to move. His camera was later found and placed back on his uniform.

Mr Martin, 19, worked as a cashier at Cup Foods, the store where Mr Floyd used a counterfeit $20 bill to buy a pack of cigarettes. But he described Floyd as friendly and talkative.

The teen described feeling "disbelief" and "guilt" about what happened to Floyd.

The bodycam footage continues until an ambulance arrives and takes an unconscious Floyd to hospital, where he was declared dead.

The testimony came a day after prosecutors played extensive video footage: security camera footage of people joking around inside a convenience store, and bystander and police bodycam video of officers pulling Mr Floyd from his SUV at gunpoint and struggling to put him in a squad auto before they put him on the ground. But he said he accepted it, despite believing the amount would be taken out of his paycheck by his employer, because he didn't think Floyd knew it was counterfeit and "I thought I'd be doing him a favor".

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