Watch live as trial of George Floyd’s alleged killer continues in court
The trial of former Minneapolispolice officer Derek Chauvin enters its fourth day on Thursday, after jurors were shown video of George Floyd pleading nearly 30 times about being unable to breathe as he called for his mother during his fatal arrest last year.
Police video played in court on day three of the trial revealed that after an ambulance took the 46-year-old victim away, Chauvin, who had pinned his knee to the victim’s neck, defended himself to a bystander by saying Floyd was “a sizable guy” and “probably on something”. The day ended with the jury watching videos of Floyd’s arrest and death repeatedly for more than an hour, each captured from a slightly different angle by the body-cameras worn by the responding officers and CCTV footage.
The trial is expected to last one month, and has already featured compelling testimony from witnesses who described their emotional recollection of the events that transpired before Floyd was killed.
Check out The Independent’s live updates and analysis from day four of the Derek Chauvin trial below.
More: Paramedic witness gives testimony
Derek Smith says no medical care was being administered to George Floyd when he arrived. He also said he needed to “eliminate” an officer between he and his truck in order to begin chest compressions on the patient.
“In lay terms, I thought he was dead,” Smith said.
Chris Riotta1 April 2021 19:49
Court continues with paramedic testimonies
Derek Smith, another paramedic on the scene during George Floyd’s fatal arrest, is now giving testimony.
Chris Riotta1 April 2021 19:37
Court goes on lunch break
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Chris Riotta1 April 2021 18:42
More from the paramedic witness testimony
Josh Marcus writes: Prosecutors played police body camera footage of the incident during Thursday’s court proceedings, building on numerous video clips of what happened that have been aired throughout the trial.None of the four officers on the scene attempted to give Mr Floyd CPR once he lost consciousness, video shows, nor did Mr Chauvin remove his knee from his neck.
A crowd of bystanders, including Genevieve Hansen, an off-duty Minneapolis firefighter, pleaded with officers to check Mr Floyd’s pulse and offer him first aid. She told the court on Tuesday she was “desperate” to help but “the officers did not let me into the scene.”
“There was a man being killed, and had I had access to a call similar to that I would have been able to provide medical attention to the best of my abilities and this human was denied that right,” Ms Hansen told the jury.
Earlier this week, prosecutors said Mr Chauvin reached for his mace when Ms Hansen came over to try and offer first aid to Mr Floyd.
“She wanted to check on his pulse, check on Mr. Floyd’s well-being,” prosecutor Jerry Blackwell said on Monday in his opening arguments. “She did her best to intervene. When she approached Mr. Chauvin …. Mr. Chauvin reached for his Mace and pointed it in her direction. She couldn’t help.”
Mr Bravinder’s partner can be seen checking Mr Floyd’s pulse once paramedics arrive. Police officers remain on top of Mr Floyd throughout, and only move off of him once paramedics wheel over a stretcher.
Chris Riotta1 April 2021 18:32
Paramedic describes efforts to save George Floyd after he ‘flatlined’
A paramedic who arrived on the scene to treat George Floyd amid his fatal arrest testified in a Minneapolis court on Thursday that he found the man unresponsive. A heart monitor inside the ambulance showed Mr Floyd had “flatlined,” Josh Marcus writes.
“He was limp would be the best description,” Hennepin County paramedic Seth Bravinder said. “He was unresponsive and wasn’t even holding his head up or anything like that.”
How officers rendered medical care to Mr Floyd while he was in their custody, as well as the ultimate cause of his death, are among the most important questions in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes last May as part of an arrest for a counterfeit $20 bill.
Chris Riotta1 April 2021 18:10
“He was limp”: Paramedic describes efforts to save George Floyd
The paramedic witness is describing the difficulty his team faced attempting to treat George Floyd following his arrest.
“From what I could see where I was at I didn’t — I didn’t see any breathing or movement or anything like that.”
Chris Riotta1 April 2021 18:02
Paramedic says his team needed police to move to assist George Floyd
“There was a crowd of people that appeared very upset on the sidewalk. There was some yelling and stuff,” the witness says. “He was limp. He was unresponsive and he wasn’t holding his head up.”
Chris Riotta1 April 2021 17:43
Trial resumes with paramedic witness testimony
Seth Bravinder, Hennepin County paramedic, is now delivering testimony.
Chris Riotta1 April 2021 17:27
Derek Chauvin: Will he take the stand and what is he charged with?
The trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, last May, is now in its fourth day, Oliver O’Connell writes.
Mr Chauvin faces three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter.
The murder charges could carry 40 and 25-year sentences, respectively. Mr Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to all three charges.
Chris Riotta1 April 2021 17:07
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Chris Riotta1 April 2021 16:39