One of the testimonies that stood out was that of Christopher Martin, the clerk who was working at the cashier in the store where George Floyd used a fake $ 20 bill to buy a pack of cigarettes.
According to The Guardian, Martin admitted in court to feeling “guilty” for the role he played in the events that followed, for having accepted the false note that Floyd gave him.
The then employee of the Cup Foods store said that George Floyd appeared to be under the influence of drugs, but that he was not threatening and was even “very talkative”. Martin said the two had a long talk about sport.
When Floyd gave him the $ 20 bill to pay for the cigarettes, Martin immediately suspected that the bill was a fake because of a strange pigmentation. However, he accepted it anyway, even though he knew that that amount could later be deducted from his salary.
“I thought Floyd didn’t know that the note was really fake, so he was doing him a favor,” he said in court.
But Martin eventually changed his mind and showed the note to the manager who told him to go after Floyd. Martin and another employee approached Floyd, who was already sitting in his car, and asked him to return to the store. After refusing twice, the police were called.
Martin recalled in court that he was inside the store when he noticed a crowd gathering on the street. “I saw people screaming. I saw Derek [Chauvin] with his knee on Floyd’s neck. George was immobile. Chauvin looked like he was resting his knee on Floyd’s neck, ”said Christopher Martin.
Images captured during the detention of George Floyd were shared where it is possible to see Christopher Martin watching everything, with his hands on his head. The prosecutor asked him what he was thinking at the time.
“I was incredulous and felt guilty. If I had not accepted the note, this could have been avoided ”, he lamented.
Derek Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder.
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