Day 4 Of Derek Chauvin Trial Starts With Floyd's Girlfriend

Wednesday's testimony before Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill was dominated by two witnesses who gave emotional accounts of being at a south Minneapolis intersection seeing Floyd detained by the neck under Chauvin's knee until lapsing into unconsciousness.

Events spun out of control earlier that day soon after Floyd allegedly handed a cashier at Cup Foods, 19-year-old Christopher Martin, a counterfeit bill for a pack of cigarettes. He said Mr Floyd had ingested drugs at the time of his arrest "in an effort to hide them from the police", and suggested this had contributed to his death.

The composite video shows McMillian approaching Chauvin as he got back in his squad vehicle after Floyd was taken away.

In that conversation, Floyd said he was going to stay at the home of a friend named Sylvia whom he knew from the Salvation Army, Ross said.

Video showed George Floyd crying and begging officers to "please don't shoot me" as they first approached him in a vehicle.

"I thought George didn't really know that it was a fake bill", Mr Martin said.

Martin said he immediately believed the $20 bill was fake. "I don't have a mama either; I understand him".

"I took it anyways and I was planning to just put it on my tab", he said, meaning that the amount would be taken out of his paycheck.

George Floyd's girlfriend smiled through tears as she told a jury on Thursday how they first met when he offered to pray with her, less than three years before his deadly arrest, and described how they both struggled with opioid addiction.

But Floyd and a passenger in his SUV twice refused to go back into the store to resolve the issue, and the manager had a co-worker call police, Martin testified.

"He seemed to be having an average Memorial Day, just living his life", Mr Martin said.

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

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

"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", said a notice filed by Assistant Public Defender Adrienne Cousins.

Mr Martin said he left the store again when he heard "yelling and screaming" outside.

Charles McMillian, 61, was another witness who took the stand on Wednesday.

CCTV footage of George Floyd, right, inside Cup Foods on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis.

As Floyd was pinned down by Chauvin and other officers, McMillian, the bystander, could be heard on video saying to Floyd, "You can't win" and "Get up and get in the vehicle".

At one point during his testimony, McMillan broke down sobbing, dropped his head, and removed his glasses to wipe tears from his eyes after prosecutors played the video of police putting Floyd in the vehicle.

"I felt helpless", McMillian said. Asked by a prosecutor why he did so, McMillian said: "Because what I watched was wrong".

The officer is facing charges of murder and manslaughter and has pleaded not guilty. As of now, the trial is expected to last roughly four weeks.

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