After the incident, he was fired. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison.
The first three days of the trial in Minneapolis, Minnesota have included many witnesses to the incident. Several have in strong words described the brutal incident and expressed great guilt that they failed to stop it.
– Tried to help
Charles MacMillian was one of the witnesses to the prosecution on Wednesday. He talked to Floyd while Floyd lay on the ground below Chauvin’s knee.
– Get up and get in the police car. You can not win, he told Floyd.
Floyd replies that he can not get up.
“I tried to help him,” MacMillian said in a very emotional testimony.
He told how he tried to get Floyd to cooperate with the police. When MacMillian and the court saw a video of MacMillian’s conversation with Floyd, he broke down in tears, writes The Guardian.
Several of the prosecution’s witnesses tell of how outrageous they experienced the situation.
– Something was wrong
One of them was Jena Scurry, who works for the emergency center. She was the one who first sent the police to the scene because Floyd had allegedly bought cigarettes with a fake banknote.
She then followed the situation from a surveillance camera.
“My instinct said something was wrong,” Scurry told the court, according to the BBC.
She described how she thought the TV picture she was watching had frozen because the policeman was sitting with Floyd’s knee for so long.
She perceived the situation as so serious that she called a superior to report what she saw.
The store employee, from whom Floyd bought cigarettes, Christopher Martin (19), also expressed guilt.
– If I had not accepted that banknote, this could have been avoided, he said in court.
In court, he said that Floyd appeared to be under the influence of drugs, but that he was not threatening. Martin described him as “friendly and welcoming”.
– I felt disbelief and guilt, Martin answered what he was thinking when he saw the arrest of Floyd.
– Witness murder
Another witness, the professional MMA fighter Donald Williams (33), who was a customer of the store, Cup Foods, where Floyd bought cigarettes.
– I called the police against the police. I mean, I witnessed a murder. I felt it was necessary to call the police against the police, he said in his emotional testimony.
Genevieve Hansen (27) works for the fire department in Minneapolis and is also a trained ambulance worker. She was free and happened to pass by the place where Floyd was arrested.
– When I got closer, there was a woman on the other side of the street who shouted that they were killing him. I was worried about seeing a man in handcuffs, who did not move, and who had the entire body weight of a policeman over him and a crowd that was upset, Hansen said.
She then tells how she begged the cops to check Floyd’s pulse and start resuscitation.
– If you really work for the fire department in Minneapolis, you would know better than to mix it, one of the police officers must have told her, according to the diploma.
Chauvin’s defense attorney asked her if the crowd had been “upset or angry.”
– I do not know if you have seen anyone killed, but it is outrageous, Hansen replied.
Several minor witnesses, including a girl who filmed the most famous video from the incident, also tell how desperate they were about the police’s behavior.
The court also saw several videos from the fateful day showing people at the scene loudly demanding that Chauvin remove his knee from Floyd’s throat.
Chauvin’s defenders, however, claim that it was the angry mob that contributed to a situation that the police perceived as threatening. But the video that has been shown so far has not shown any threats to the police.
The three other police officers, who were involved in the incident, are scheduled to have an appetizer later this year.
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