George Floyd Case: Girlfriend Shares Personal Stories On Witness Stand

A mural and memorial to George Floyd at the Minneapolis intersection where he died

Mr Smith said he checked the carotid artery in Mr Floyd's neck to see if he had a pulse.

"When I look at George Floyd, I look at my dad, I look at my brothers, I look at my cousins, my uncles, because they are all Black", testified Darnella Frazier, who was 17 when she recorded the cellphone video of the May 25 events and posted it on Facebook, igniting a national reckoning over racism and police abuse.

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 explain his drug use. It included a snippet of a call between Pleoger and Chauvin - in which Chauvin says he was going to call Pleoger and request that he come to the scene where Chauvin and three other officers had had their encounter with Floyd.

Court also heard from Seth Bravinder, a paramedic, who said when he arrived, he saw no signs that Floyd was breathing or moving, and it appeared he was in cardiac arrest.

The most serious charge against the now-fired white officer carries up to 40 years in prison.

The 61-year-old man who had begged Floyd to just cooperate with police broke down in tears as video played in court of Floyd calling for his mother as officers held him down.

The prosecution was the first to ask about Floyd's use of opiates, although those who were really interested in the victim's addiction were Chauvin's defense lawyers, who want to argue that he died due to problems in his health and due to consumption of drugs.

In a central dispute of the trial, his lawyers have argued that Mr 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.

Crump and Mr. Romanucci said.

Nelson: "At that time frame, did you learn that Mr. Floyd was taking anything other than opioids?"

"May I tell the story?"

In her testimony, Ross described how both she and Floyd struggled with their addiction to painkillers throughout their relationship.

"This kind person, just to come up to me and say, 'Can I pray with you?' when I felt alone in this lobby, it was so sweet", she continued. I could tell, from the moment I met him. and when he came back from Houston, he seemed kind of like a shell of himself - like he was broken. It's something I'll deal with forever.

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

In the months that followed, she said, spent a lot of time together during the coronavirus quarantine, and Mr Floyd was clean.

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.

Ross' testimony could help prosecutors blunt the argument that drugs killed Floyd. After noticing that she seemed to be distressed, he asked her, "Can I pray with you?".

"It's one of my favorite stories to tell". She had gone there 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.

"Floyd has this great, deep Southern voice, raspy", Ross recalled.

"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 first day of the trial on Monday, defense attorney Eric Nelson said that Chauvin "did exactly what he had been trained to do during the course of his 19-year career".

Minnesota is a rarity in explicitly permitting such "spark of life" testimony ahead of a verdict.

She also told jurors that Mr Floyd had two girls, who he loved.

A day earlier, prosecutors played surveillance footage from inside Cup Foods, the convenience store where a clerk reported that Mr. Floyd had used a fake $20 bill, showing Mr. Floyd in the minutes before the police arrived.

The footage also showed Mr Floyd being loaded into an ambulance.

When Floyd was finally taken away, a bystander objected to what Chauvin had done.

"That's one person's opinion", Mr Chauvin could be heard responding. "We gotta control, gotta control this guy because he's a sizable guy".

Mr Floyd was 193 centimetres and 101 kilograms, according to the autopsy. Chauvin's lawyer said the officer is 5 foot 9 inches and 140 pounds.

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