Paramedics who attended George Floyd said he was not breathing and had no pulse when they arrived at the scene of his arrest and murder in May last year, in a testimony this Thursday (1st) at the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for homicide that happens in Minneapolis (USA).
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“In layman’s terms, I thought he was dead,” said Derek Smith, one of the paramedics, to the jury. By the time Smith arrived at the scene, Chauvin, who is white, was pressing his knee to the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man in handcuffs. A scene that sparked protests around the world against police violence.
Chauvin, 45, pleaded not guilty to the murder charges. In a central trial dispute, the ex-cop’s lawyers argued that Floyd’s death, which was considered homicide at the hands of the police by the county coroner, was due to an overdose of fentanyl, found in his blood at the autopsy. .
Members of the Minnesota attorney general’s office told the jury that they will hear evidence that will contradict this, including testimonies from Floyd’s girlfriend about his drug tolerance, and that substance use is irrelevant to the charges against Chauvin.
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