George Floyd news: Derek Chauvin could have ended restraint earlier, police sergeant tells trial

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The trial of former Minneapolispolice officer Derek Chauvin enters its fourth day on Thursday, after jurors were shown video of George Floyd pleading nearly 30 times about being unable to breathe as he called for his mother during his fatal arrest last year.

Police video played in court on day three of the trial revealed that after an ambulance took the 46-year-old victim away, Chauvin, who had pinned his knee to the victim’s neck, defended himself to a bystander by saying Floyd was “a sizable guy” and “probably on something”. The day ended with the jury watching videos of Floyd’s arrest and death repeatedly for more than an hour, each captured from a slightly different angle by the body-cameras worn by the responding officers and CCTV footage.

The trial is expected to last one month, and has already featured compelling testimony from witnesses who described their emotional recollection of the events that transpired before Floyd was killed.

A former Minneapolis police sergeant who was called to the scene of George Floyd’s arrest to do an initial use of force review told jurors in the Derek Chauvin murder trial on Thursday that police could’ve let up Mr Floyd sooner once he stopped resisting arrest.

“When Mr Floyd was no longer offering up any resistance to the officers, they could’ve ended their restraint,” David Pleoger said.

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Check out The Independent’s live updates and analysis from day four of the Derek Chauvin trial below.

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Welcome to our live coverage of the trial in Minneapolis of Derek Chauvin, a former police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, whose death last year sparked Black Lives Matter protests.

James Crump31 March 2021 12:15

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Jurors shown video of George Floyd’s cries of ‘I can’t breathe’

Jurors will enter day four in the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin having been shown video of George Floyd pleading nearly 30 times that he could not breathe and calling for his mother in the minutes before his death.

Wednesday’s court session ended with the jury watching videos of Mr Floyd’s arrest and death repeatedly for more than an hour, each captured from a slightly different angle by the body-cameras worn by the responding officers.

Jurors were shown police body camera video of the approximately 20 minutes between when police approached Mr Floyd’s vehicle and when he was loaded into the ambulance.

Read Tom Batchelor’s full report here:

James Crump1 April 2021 12:47

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Witnesses reflect on trauma of watching George Floyd’s death

In the third session of the trial on Wednesday, multiple witnesses described the trauma they felt watching George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, die in police custody last May.

Witness Charles McMillian, 61, was the first bystander to witness the fatal arrest, during which officer Chauvin knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. Mr McMillian began to weep as he watched video of Mr Floyd calling for his mother and begging for air.

“I can’t, I feel helpless,” Mr McMillian said, dabbing his eyes with a tissue. “I don’t have a mother either, I understand him.”

While earlier in the day, 19-year-old Christopher Martin, a cashier at Cup Foods, a nearby grocery store, described standing there in “disbelief and guilt” as the arrest unfolded on the street outside.

Read Josh Marcus’ full report here:

James Crump1 April 2021 13:09

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Cashier says George Floyd’s arrest ‘could’ve been avoided’

A cashier who accepted the counterfeit $20 bill that led to George Floyd’s arrest told jurors in testimony on Wednesday that he regretted what happened during the chaotic moments of Mr Floyd’s fatal encounter with police.

Christopher Martin, 19, said he looked on in “disbelief and guilt” on 25 May last year as former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is on trial in Minneapolis for murder, knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes.

“If I would’ve just not taken the bill, this could’ve been avoided,” he said.

Read Read Josh Marcus’ full report here:

James Crump1 April 2021 13:30

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Will Derek Chauvin take the stand and what is he charged with?

The trial of Derek Chauvin is now in its fourth day with the former Minneapolis officer facing three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter.

The murder charges could carry 40 and 25-year sentences, respectively. Mr Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

Though Mr Chauvin has the right to testify at his trial, it is not yet known if he will do so. However, the trial is expected to last four weeks and the defence and prosecution teams will release more information as proceedings move forward.

Read Oliver O’Connell’s full report here:

James Crump1 April 2021 13:50

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Who is Derek Chauvin, the officer charged with murdering George Floyd?

Who is Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, last May?

At the trial that is now on its fourth day, held in downtown Minneapolis’s Hennepin County District Court, Mr Chauvin faces three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter.

The murder charges could carry 40 and 25 year sentences, respectively. Mr Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to all three.

Read Josh Marcus’ report for the full details on the former officer here:

James Crump1 April 2021 14:12

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Key witness will invoke 5th Amendment if asked to testify

A man who was with George Floyd on the day he died will invoke the Fifth Amendment if he is asked to testify in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial.

In a court filing on Wednesday, the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office said that Morries Lester Hall, 42, who was in the car with Mr Floyd when he was approached by police, will invoke the Fifth Amendment if asked to testify.

“Mr Morries Lester Hall, through undersigned counsel, hereby provides notice to all parties in this matter that if called to testify he will invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination,” the filing that was obtained by Fox News read.

“Therefore, counsel for Mr Hall respectfully moves this court to quash the subpoena … and release Mr Hall from any obligations therein.”

James Crump1 April 2021 14:34

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State to continue to present its case on Thursday

The state will continue to present its case on Thursday in the trial of Derek Chauvin after showing jurors video footage last night of George Floyd’s arrest and death on May 25 2020.

Wednesday’s court session ended with the jury watching videos of Mr Floyd’s arrest and death repeatedly for more than an hour, each captured from a slightly different angle by the body-cameras worn by the responding officers.

Jurors were shown police body camera video of the approximately 20 minutes between when police approached Mr Floyd’s vehicle and when he was loaded into the ambulance.

The trial, which is expected to last one month, continues on Thursday from 9.15am local time (10.15am EST, 3.15pm BST).

James Crump1 April 2021 14:54

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George Floyd’s friend to plead the fifth as trial enters day four

Morries Hall, a friend of George Floyd’s who was in the car with him at the moment of his arrest, told a Minneapolis court on Wednesday he will refuse to testify if he’s called to the witness stand in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin.

Story to come…

Chris Riotta1 April 2021 15:42

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Morries Hall: Friend in car with George Floyd will refuse to testify

Josh Marcus writes: In a court filing on Wednesday night, Mr Hall announced his decision, citing the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Drugs were found in the car in which police first encountered the men, after being called to investigate Mr Floyd’s use of a counterfeit $20 bill.

Chris Riotta1 April 2021 15:47

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