Derek Chauvin is on trial for George Floyd's death

George Floyd’s girlfriend recalls their relationship in emotional testimony in Derek Chauvin’s trial

With the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin underway, prosecutors and defense attorneys will ask jurors to consider in great detail the events that led to the death of George Floyd during his encounter with Minneapolis police on May 25.

"I asked, 'is he in cardiac arrest?' And he said, 'I think so,", Bravinder recalled asking his partner after his partner checked Floyd's pulse.

Images of George Floyd being treated in the back of an ambulance, after a police officer knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes, have been shown to a jury.

Chauvin, who is white, was sacked by the city's police department the day after Floyd, an African American, died in custody. Much of her testimony focused on the couple's addiction, seemingly an attempt by prosecutors to get out in front of the argument by Chauvin's lawyer that Floyd's drug use may have led to his death or caused him to struggle more with officers as they tried to put him in a police vehicle.

Although his partner was closer to Floyd, Bravinder said that from where he stood, "I didn't see any breathing or movement". The paramedic expressed himself in blunt terms, saying Floyd was "dead" or "deceased". Bravinder said they loaded Floyd into the ambulance so he could get care "in an optimum environment" but also so paramedics could get away from the scene.

"He's a human being and I was trying to give him a second chance at life", Smith said.

Reviewing video footage from the scene, Bravinder described how he gestured for Chauvin to move so the paramedics could slide Floyd onto their gurney.

Seth Bravinder said he saw no signs that Floyd was breathing or moving, and it appeared he was in cardiac arrest. A recently released never-before-heard audio clip also revealed that Chauvin said Floyd was "going crazy" when talking to his supervisor.

"When Mr. Floyd was no longer offering up any resistance to the officers, they could have ended the restraint", Pleoger said.

Courteney Ross, Floyd's girlfriend of almost three years, also appeared as a witness and she was questioned extensively about Floyd's history of drug use.

When the officers finally got up off of the 46-year-old Black man, Smith said he did not detect a pulse, adding that he did all he could to try to revive Floyd but to no avail.

Ross began her testimony by describing how she and Floyd met while she visited the Salvation Army shelter to speak to her sons' father, but got upset when he did not come to the lobby to discuss their son's birthday.

But she suspected he began using again about two weeks before his death because his behavior changed: She said there would be times when he would be up and bouncing around, and other times when he would be unintelligible. In the months that followed, Ross said, she and Floyd spent a lot of time together during the coronavirus quarantine, and Floyd was clean.

She also recounted how they both struggled with opioid addiction. "We both struggled from chronic pain. Mine was in my neck and his was in his back", Ross said.

Witness to invoke the Fifth Amendment: The man who was sitting in a auto with George Floyd when police approached and removed them from the vehicle says he will not testify in the trial.

Prosecutors put Ross on the stand as part of an effort to humanize 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 empathize with what he went through.

In March 2020, Ross drove Floyd to the emergency room because he was in extreme stomach pain, and she learned he had overdosed.

During cross-examination, she told the defense attorney that Floyd had accessed these same powerful drugs in May not long before he was killed.

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

"If called to testify he will invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination", the motion, filed Wednesday by the Hennepin County Public Defender's Office, said. He pointed out that she supposedly told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that she believed Floyd had overdosed on heroin last March and that the couple used pills in May that made her feel as if she was going to die.

Chauvin is facing second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter charges in connection with Floyd's death.



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