Published: Fri, April 02, 2021

Derek Chauvin trial: George Floyd's girlfriend testifies

Derek Chauvin trial: George Floyd's girlfriend testifies

Mr. Chauvin is facing charges including second-degree murder in the trial, which entered its fourth day on Thursday.

She said they both had prescriptions, and when those ran out, they took the prescriptions of others and also used illegal drugs.

"Both Floyd and I, our story, it's a classic story of how many people get addicted to opioids", she said. Officer Derek Chauvin's knee pins his neck, another officer's knee holds his back and a third officer holds his legs, with the officers talking calmly about whether he might be on drugs.

Prosecutors put Ross on the stand as part of an effort to humanise Floyd in front of the jury and portray him as more than a crime statistic, and also apparently explain his drug use to the jurors and perhaps get them to empathise with what he went through.

Chauvin, 45, who is white, is charged with murder and manslaughter, accused of killing the 46-year-old Floyd by kneeling on Floyd's neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds, as he lay face-down in handcuffs.

Minneapolis police officers attempt to remove George Floyd from a vehicle. In a central dispute of the trial, his lawyers have argued that Floyd's death, ruled a homicide at the hands of police, was really an overdose caused by the fentanyl found in his blood at autopsy.

When he saw the paramedics arrive, McMillan said he knew "in my mind and in my instinct that it was over for Mr. Floyd".

McMillian, the first bystander on the scene, can be heard on video at one point telling the struggling Floyd "you can't win" and to get into the back of the police squad auto. "Mama, I love you", he says.

Ms. Ross said she and Mr. Floyd had both continued to use opioids after initially being prescribed the pills to treat chronic pain.

Upon arriving, Bravinder said there were "multiple officers on top of the patient", making him assume a struggle was ongoing. It's not something that just kind of comes and goes. "It's something I'll deal with forever", she said.

MINNEAPOLIS - State prosecutors will be calling more witnesses Thursday in the trial against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd.

In March 2020, Ross drove Floyd to the emergency room because he was in extreme stomach pain, and she learned he had overdosed. And even I said to the officer, I said, man, he said he can't breathe.

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

Ross began her testimony by telling how she and Floyd met at a shelter where Floyd was a security guard.

As police and bystanders gathered outside the store, Martinwent outside and called his mother to tell her not to come outside, he testified. "It's one of my favorite stories to tell".

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

She said she became upset because the father was not coming to the lobby to discuss their son's birthday.

Mr Martin and co-workers went outside to a auto where Mr Floyd was sitting with two other people but they refused to return to the store and the manager called the police.

Mr Martin said Mr Floyd appeared to be "high" while he was in the store but was "very friendly, approachable, talkative".

Floyd was a "mama's boy", Ross said and had been devastated when his mother died. "I was exhausted. We've been through so much, my sons and I, and (for) this kind person just to come up and say, 'Can I pray with you?'.it was so sweet".

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

During the cross-examination of Ross, the defense asked Ross about the source of the opioids and other drugs that she and Floyd had taken.

Minnesota is a rarity in explicitly permitting such "spark of life" testimony about a crime victim at trial.

Defence attorneys often complain such testimony allows prosecutors to play on jurors' emotions.

Chris Martin, a 19-year-old Cup Foods cashier who also lived above the store, expressed guilt that the police were called over the counterfeit $20 bill Floyd handed him.

He said he had considered letting the shop deduct it from his wages instead of confronting Mr Floyd, but then chose to tell his manager.

Floyd is handcuffed and taken to a squad auto where he becomes increasingly distressed and struggles with the officers who are trying to put him in the back of the vehicle.

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

"We had to control this guy because he's a sizable guy".

Meanwhile, Mr Chauvin's lawyer Eric Nelson said the case was about the evidence, not about a "political or social cause".

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