Derek Chauvin is on trial for George Floyd's death

George Floyd's girlfriend tells jury of couple's struggle with addiction

Bravinder said the phrase cardiac arrest is used for patients that do not have a pulse and their heart has stopped.

He also said he administered an electric shock to Floyd in the ambulance to try to restart his heart, adding: "As a human being, I was trying to give him a second chance at life".

Bravinder said they loaded Floyd into the ambulance so he could get care "in an optimum environment", but also because bystanders "appeared very upset on the sidewalk", and there was some yelling.

Courteney Ross, 45, testified through tears at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn., where Chauvin is standing trial. The entire trial will be on live TV as well as available online at, and the Court TV app for Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android and Apple devices.

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". 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.

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. She said they grew addicted to opioids after initially being prescribed them for pain. In May of 2020, Ross says she suspected Floyd was using again.

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. In March, Floyd spent time in a hospital became of a possible overdose.

She said she thought Floyd sometimes bought pills from Morries Hall, who was sat in the vehicle next to Floyd in the front passenger seat when police arrived last May. Hall is believed to be someone who supplied Floyd with drugs.

Ross began her testimony by telling how the two of them met.

Pleoger, the precinct's supervisor before he retired, said in court Thursday that he called Chauvin after a 911 dispatcher reached out with worries. "But it was different how he said it", Ross said.

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Morries Hall, a man who was in the auto with George Floyd on the day of his death, has invoked his 5th Amendment right not to testify in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Wednesday, jurors saw new video and different angles of the events that took place on May 25, 2020 outside Cup Foods.

Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter charges. Floyd died at the scene. Defense attorneys often contend such testimony allows prosecutors to play on jurors' emotions.

In a body-camera video taken by Chauvin, he can be heard answering Pleoger's call, telling his supervisor that the officers "had" to hold Floyd down because he was not going into the police auto.

Mr Martin told the jury he had sold Mr Floyd a packet of cigarettes, and received a counterfeit note as payment.

"That's one person's opinion", Chauvin responded to McMillian as he got into his squad vehicle. "We gotta control this guy 'cause he's a sizable guy. and it looks like he's probably on something".

Reviewing video footage from the scene, Bravinder described how he gestured for Chauvin to move so the paramedics could slide Floyd onto their gurney. His camera was later found and placed back on his uniform.

According to a Minnesota official, Hall provided a false name to officers at the scene of Floyd's arrest.

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

The other three former police officers involved in the arrest - Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng - are to be tried separately later this year.

Thursday is the fourth day of testimony in the trial of Derek Chauvin.

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