George Floyd news – live: Paramedic testifies after Courteney Ross tells Chauvin trial about opioid addiction
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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.
Check out The Independent’s live updates and analysis from day four of the Derek Chauvin trial below.
Witnesses in Derek Chauvin trial reflect on trauma of watching George Floyd’s death
As the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin continued on Wednesday, multiple witnesses described the trauma they felt watching George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, die in police custody last May, Josh Marcus writes.
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.”
George Floyd’s girlfriend opens up about drug use in emotional testimony
Courteney Batya Ross said she and George Floyd both suffered from opioid addiction before his death: “Both Floyd and I, our story — it’s a classic story of how many people get addicted to opioids. We both suffered from chronic pain. Mine was in my neck and his was in his back. We both have prescriptions. But after prescriptions that were filled, and we got addicted, and tried really hard to break that addiction many times.”
Courteney Batya Ross, girlfriend of George Floyd, delivers testimony
Ross has shared that she and George Floyd both suffered from opioid addiction, and recalled how Floyd mourned the death of his mother in 2018.
“Floyd is what I would call a momma’s boy,” she said. “I could tell from the minute I met him. When he came back from Houston, he seemed kind of like a shell of himself, like he was broken. He seemed so sad. He didn’t have the same kind of bounce that he had. He was devastated. He loved his mom so much, and I knew that.”
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.
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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