Derek Chauvin trial: First footage shown of George Floyd inside shop

The chilling images also showed Floyd saying over and over again, that he could not breathe and calling for his deceased mother.

Martin said Floyd appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while he was in the store but was "very friendly, approachable, talkative".

Fired Minneapolis police officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane are scheduled for trial in August on charges of aiding and abetting Chauvin.

McMillian was one of the first bystanders on the scene and is heard on body-camera footage telling officers that Floyd "can't breathe".

Floyd's death, along with the harrowing bystander video of him gasping for breath as onlookers yelled at Chauvin to get off him, triggered sometimes violent protests around the world and a reckoning over racism and police brutality across the U.S.

Martin said he thought Floyd's death could have been avoided if he hadn't accepted it.

Video showed George Floyd crying and begging officers to "please don't shoot me" as they first approached him in a auto.

Authorities previously said Hall was a key witness in the state's investigation into the four officers who apprehended Floyd.

"I don't have a mama either", McMillan said before court officials made a decision to take a break questioning him. "I took it anyway and was willing to put it on my tab, and then I second guessed myself", he said.

Martin said he told the store manager about the fake bill, however, and the manager eventually called the police.

Martin was among several people who have testified about their frustration and anger as they witnessed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck outside a convenience store last May.

Eric Nelson, Chauvin's defense attorney, claimed in opening arguments that Floyd's death was due to drugs and underlying medical conditions and not asphyxiation.

"He seemed to be having an average Memorial Day, just living his life", Martin 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.

"Mr. Morries Lester Hall, through undersigned counsel, hereby provides notice to all parties in this matter that if called to testify he will invoke his fifth amendment privilege against self-incrimination", said a notice filed by Assistant Public Defender Adrienne Cousins.

Martin said that when Floyd was inside the store buying cigarettes, he spoke so slowly "it would appear that he was high".

Shop employee Christopher Martin, 19, told the court he briefly interacted with Mr Floyd as a customer inside Cup Foods shortly before his arrest.

In officers' body camera footage, McMillian is seen pleading with Floyd not to resist the arrest and cooperate with police.

Also testifying on Wednesday was Charles McMillian, 61, who said he was driving by that day and stopped to see what was going on because he is "just nosy".

Mr McMillian, the first bystander on the scene, can be heard on video at one point telling a handcuffed Mr Floyd "you can't win" and to get into the back of a police squad vehicle.

"I feel helpless", McMillan said to describe the way he felt while watching the arrest. Asked by a prosecutor why he did so, McMillian said: "Because what I watched was wrong".



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