911 dispatcher says instincts told her ‘something is wrong’ during George Floyd arrest

Jena Scurry, a 911 dispatcher in Minneapolis, was the first witness to take the stand on Monday in the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd, an unarmed Black man.

The state called her to testify, and she told the jury how she watched Mr Floyd’s arrest unfold on video feed from city security cameras.

At first, Ms Scurry said she believed the video had frozen because officers remained on top of Mr Floyd for minutes as she checked in and out of the video while handling other calls.

“They were still on the ground. That whole situation was still the same,” she said. “I first asked if the screens had frozen because it hadn’t changed,” she added.

As she continued watching the video, she began to worry something was wrong.

“My instincts were telling me something is wrong, something is not right. I don’t know what, but something was not right,” she said. “It was an extended period of time.”

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