Crime Derek Chauvin Told Witness Who Confronted Him After Killing, 'That's Just One Person's Opinion'
Jury Will Hear Derek Chauvin Once Ordered a Cop to ‘Hog-Tie’ a Suspect Who Wasn’t Resisting Arrest
Peter Cahill, the judge overseeing the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, issued an order late Wednesday which allows prosecutors to present some of Chauvin's prior police actions to a jury in Chauvin's upcoming trial surrounding the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd, Jr. Opening statements in the case are scheduled for Monday. The post Jury Will Hear Derek Chauvin Once Ordered a Cop to ‘Hog-Tie’ a Suspect Who Wasn’t Resisting Arrest first appeared on Law & Crime.
At first, as he watchedstruggle with Minneapolis police officers, bystander George McMillian urged Floyd to stop resisting.
"You can't win," McMillian, 61, could be heard saying on video played Wednesday in the trial of a former officer,, charged with Floyd's murder.
But McMillian's tone shifted as he watched almost the entirety of Floyd's detention, which ended as paramedics drove away with Floyd's lifeless body after he was handcuffed and held facedown on the pavement while Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes.
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Video from Chauvin's body camera played in court captured McMillian approaching Chauvin to say the way he restrained Floyd wasn't right.
"That's one person's opinion," Chauvin answered him. "We gotta put force, gotta control this guy because he's a sizable guy. Looks like he's probably on something."
Both the Hennepin County medical examiner and a private pathologist hired by the Floyd family concluded that Floyd died by homicide. Chauvin, 44, has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.
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They cursed at the cops and made videos, but witnesses say they were helpless to save George Floyd. On the warm spring evening of May 25, 2020, they and others converged just after 8 p.m. outside the Cup Foods store on the corner of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street in south Minneapolis, witnessing what prosecutors have described as the torturous murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers.
Floyd, 46, a Black man, was detained by the white police officer and three others May 25 on suspicion of spending a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store. Viral bystander video that captured his final moments fueled outrage that led to protests worldwide over police brutality and racial injustice.
On the third day of testimony in Chauvin's trial, more of those bystanders continued to speak about the guilt, remorse and trauma they've felt in the aftermath of the killing, creating a challenge for Chauvin's defense to reverse perceptions of the officer's alleged callousness in the encounter.
Chauvin's attorney, Eric Nelson, argued in his opening statement that it was not pressure applied by Chauvin to Floyd's neck that resulted in Floyd's death, but rather Floyd's history of underlying health conditions and drug use.
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Christopher Martin, 19, the store clerk who accepted the bill from Floyd for a purchase of cigarettes and then, as directed by his manager, alerted police when he thought the bill might be a fake, said he had become haunted by his role in the incident.
Surveillance video played for jurors showed Martin standing outside of the store, Cup Foods, watching as Chauvin kept Floyd pinned to the ground with his knee on Floyd's neck.
"If I would have just not taken the bill, this could have been avoided," Martin testified.
While observing the scene in the street, Martin said he told another Black man who also was watching the actions of Chauvin and other officers: "They're not going to help him."
McMillian broke down in tears, requiring a short recess, after watching video footage of Floyd's arrest that he told the court made him feel "helpless."
EXPLAINER: Was officer's knee on Floyd's neck authorized?
CHICAGO (AP) — A critical factor for jurors to consider at a former Minneapolis police officer's trial in George Floyd's death is whether he violated the department's policy on neck restraints when he knelt on Floyd's neck. The Minneapolis Police Department banned all forms of neck restraints and chokeholds weeks after Floyd's death, but at the time of his May 25 arrest by Derek Chauvin and other officers, certain neck restraints were permitted — provided certain guidelines and conditions were followed.
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He said he recognized Chauvin from previous interactions on the street, including one about five days earlier, which he described: "I pulled up on the squad car somewhere in South Minneapolis and I see Mr. Chauvin and I told him — like I tell all officers — 'At the end of the day, you go home to your family safe, and that the next person goes home to their family safe,'" he told the court.
But he told the court that when he encountered Chauvin after Floyd's death, he said to the officer, "Now I gotta look at you as a maggot."
Prosecutor Erin Eldridge, an assistant attorney in the office of the Minnesota Attorney General that is overseeing the case, asked McMillian why he spoke to Chauvin after observing what happened to Floyd.
"Because what I watched was wrong," McMillian said.
"And did you feel it was important to tell him that?," Eldridge asked.
"Yes, ma'am," he said.
Three other officers on the scene with Chauvin — J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — all were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, and will be tried apart from Chauvin this summer. All have pleaded not guilty.
Chauvin was fired a day after the killing. In the midst of jury selection that began March 8, the City of Minneapolis announced awith Floyd's family in a civil lawsuit brought against the city, Chauvin and the other former officers.
Testimony is continuing.
Expert: Lack of oxygen killed George Floyd, not drugs .
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd died of a lack of oxygen from the way he was held down by police, a retired forensic pathologist testified Friday at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial. The testimony of Lindsey Thomas, who retired in 2017 from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office in Minneapolis, bolstered the findings of other experts on Thursday who rejected the defense theory that Floyd’s drug use and underlying health problems killed him.