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Derek Chauvin is on trial for George Floyd's death

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Melba Vasquez | 01 April, 2021, 15:53

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".

Mr Floyd was later arrested outside where Chauvin pinned his knee on his neck for what prosecutors said was nine minutes and 29 seconds, as a handcuffed Mr Floyd lay face-down on the pavement.

"I pulled up to the squad vehicle somewhere in south Minneapolis, and I see Mr. Chauvin, and I told him like I tell other officers that the end of the day you go home to your family safe and that the next person goes home to their family safe", he said.

Chauvin, 45, who is white, faces two murder charges: second-degree unintentional murder and third-degree murder in the death of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man. Chauvin, who was sacked from the police force after the killing, is also charged with the lesser offence of second-degree manslaughter.

Hansen, who is a trained emergency medical technician and Minneapolis firefighter, testified that upon taking in the scene, she moved closer to the officers who were pinning Floyd on the asphalt and identified herself as a first responder.

Charles McMillian, the 61-year-old witness, testified that he observed Floyd's arrest on May 25, 2020, and that he encouraged Floyd to comply with police, repeatedly saying, "you can't win".

She said if the officers on the scene and hadn't told her to stay away, she would have checked Floyd's pulse and started chest compressions on him.

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. After a clip was played for McMillian, he broke down in tears on the stand, leading to a short break.

When prosecutor Erin Eldridge asked McMillian, "Why did you feel the need to talk to Mr. Chauvin?"

Floyd was 6-foot-4 and 223 pounds, according to the autopsy, which also found fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system.

ERIC NELSON: It's fair to say that you grew angrier and angrier.

Chris Martin, a 19-year-old Cup Foods cashier who also lived above the store, expressed guilt that the police were called over the counterfeit $20 bill Floyd handed him.

Yesterday, jurors heard testimony from witnesses, and they saw body-camera footage from Minneapolis police officers.

Chauvin is on trial for second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Hall has not been named in proceedings though his image has been seen numerous times alongside Floyd in surveillance footage and officer body-camera video played in court.

Chauvin's defense lawyers have argued he was following his training and that other factors such as heart disease and drug use caused Floyd to die.

In that same interview Hall himself boasted: 'I'm a key witness to the cops murdering George Floyd, and they want to know my side.

In opening statements on Monday, Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told the jury that Mr Chauvin had "betrayed his badge" by kneeling on Mr Floyd's neck, and using "excessive and unreasonable force" to detain him.

Earlier, McMillian described urging Floyd to cooperate with officers as they worked to put him a police auto.

Martin said he saw Floyd as he went "motionless, limp" under Chauvin's knee.

Mr Martin said he knew right away that the banknote was fake but took it anyway. 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.

She testified a day earlier that she was out for a walk on her day off last May and came upon Floyd struggling to breathe and appearing unconscious under Chauvin's knee.

"'Officer, at the end of the day, you go home to your family safe, so let the next person go home to their family safe, '" McMillian recalled telling him.

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