George Floyd's girlfriend and paramedics take the stand in Derek Chauvin trial

George Floyd's girlfriend and paramedics take the stand in Derek Chauvin trial

Based on CCTV footage, Mr McMillian appears to have been the first bystander on the scene of Mr Floyd's arrest. At approximately 8:20 p.m. the video shows the officers restraining Floyd, with Chauvin keeping his knee on Floyd's neck, Kueng kneeling on his back and Lane kneeling on and restraining his legs while Thao attempts to block a growing crowd of onlookers on the sidewalk in front of Cup Foods.

After discussing Floyd's reaction to the 2018 death of his mother, Ross said that the couple "both suffered from opioid addiction". Mine was in my neck and his was in his back.

It ended with Mr Chauvin pressing his knee into Mr Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes before he died.

It was also apparently to explain his drug use to the jurors and perhaps get them to empathise with what he went through.

The most serious charge against the now-fired white officer carries up to 40 years in prison. In 2016, the Minneapolis Police Department rewrote its use of force policy to emphasize the "sanctity of life", and began training officers in de-escalation - calming people down to prevent violence.

The lawyers, Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci, said in a statement that Mr. Chauvin's lawyer was focusing on Mr. Floyd's drug use "because that is the go-to tactic when the facts are not on your side", and that Mr. Floyd had been fine before the police were called.

Fentanyl and methamphetamine was found in Mr Floyd's system during an autopsy. "Tell my kids I love them".

Another witness, an off-duty firefighter said the police prevented her from aiding Floyd.

She said they "tried really hard to break that addiction many times".

Upon arriving, Bravinder said there were "multiple officers on top of the patient", making him assume a struggle was ongoing. It's something I'll deal with forever.

George Floyd's girlfriend on Thursday testified about his prior drug use at the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer facing murder and manslaughter charges over his death.

She said Floyd had been hospitalized for several days in March 2020 for an overdose.

He told the jury he thought the bill was counterfeit and considered just letting the store deduct it from his wages, but then chose to tell his manager, who told Martin to go and confront Floyd, who had got back into a auto outside.

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She suspected he began using again about two weeks before his death because his behaviour changed.

Ross said she believed that he had at times obtained pills from Hall.

"It's a classic story of how many people get addicted to opioids", Ms Ross, who wore a heart-shaped brooch on her jacket, told the jury. And he asked me if he could get my number and we had our first kiss in the lobby. "It's one of my favourite stories to tell".

The witness said she had gone to the shelter because her sons' father was staying there.

Asked by prosecutor Matthew Frank what he felt at the time, Mr Martin became visibly upset and said "disbelief and guilt".

She recalled: "Floyd has this great Southern voice, raspy". He is accused of killing Mr Floyd by kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds, as he lay face-down in handcuffs.

Under questioning from Nelson, Ross also disclosed that Floyd's pet name for her in his phone was "Mama" - testimony that called into question the widely reported account that Floyd was crying out for his mother as he lay pinned to the pavement.

She added: "At the time, I had lost a lot of faith in God".

Eric Nelson, Chauvin's defense attorney, claimed in opening arguments that Mr Floyd's death was due to drugs and underlying medical conditions and not asphyxiation.

Minnesota is a rarity in explicitly permitting such "spark of life" testimony about a crime victim at trial. Defense attorneys often complain that such testimony allows prosecutors to play on jurors' emotions.

George Floyd's struggle with three police officers trying to arrest him, seen on body-camera video, included Floyd's panicky cries of "I'm sorry, I'm sorry" and "I'm claustrophobic!" as the officers tried to push Floyd into the back of a police SUV.

It also showed Mr Floyd being loaded into an ambulance.

"That's one person's opinion", Chauvin could be heard responding. Chauvin's response says everything about the lens through which he saw Floyd: "We've got to control this guy because he's a sizable guy".

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