On the third day of sometimes tense and moving testimony, prosecutors continue to present their case on Wednesday against Derek Chauvin, the licensed Minneapolis officer accused of the death of George Floyd.
Chauvin, who was seen in a disturbing video kneeling on the neck of the unarmed black man, is charged with second degree murder,and second degree manslaughter. He pleaded not guilty.
On Wednesday afternoon, a witness broke down in tears on the stand as prosecutors released a police body camera video showing officers attempting to force Floyd into a team car. Charles McMillian, who was on the sidewalk during the fight, sobbed and said he felt “helpless”. McMillian testified that he yelled at Floyd that he “couldn’t win” to encourage him to comply with the officers.
Earlier Wednesday, Christopher Martin, a Cup Foods employee who interacted with Floyd before his fatal arrest, began his testimony. Martin described taking a fake $ 20 bill from Floyd when he knew it was a fake, as prosecutors played surveillance video from inside the store that had not been seen before. Martin said he accepted the bill because he recognized Floyd’s friend as the same person who tried to pass him another fake bill earlier today. He believed that maybe the bill Floyd passed for him was the same and Floyd maybe didn’t know it was a fake.
Martin has twice described approaching the car where Floyd was sitting with two friends to ask him to get inside, but Floyd did not.
Martin later described watching Floyd’s fatal arrest and feeling “in disbelief and guilt.”
“If I had just not accepted the bill, it could have been avoided,” said Martin.
Earlier, Minneapolis firefighter and emergency medic, Genevieve Hansen, who was heard on video repeatedly asking officers to take Floyd’s pulse, briefly returned to the stand Wednesday morning to conclude her testimony. On Tuesday, Hansen testified that she was “desperate” to help the man, but said officers would not allow her to provide medical assistance, leaving her feeling frustrated, helpless and “totally in distress.”
“There is a man being killed, and if I had had access to a call like this I could have provided medical care to the best of my ability, and this human saw himself deny that right, ”said Hansen.
The murder of last May sparked outrage and a worldwide opinion on . Three other officers involved in the fatal arrest are accused of complicity and will be tried jointly in August.