Testimony will continue on Thursday in the Derek Chauvin murder trial after the court saw new video of George Floyd just before and during his fatal arrest.
Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the unarmed man’s death. Floyd’s arrest, for suspicion of using a counterfeit bill at a grocery store, was caught on police body cam video, which shows Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s knee for several minutes as the man gasps and begs for air, eventually losing consciousness.
Jurors viewed and heard additional police body cam video on Wednesday, showing additional arresting officers appearing to joke and comment that Floyd seemed to be under the influence of drugs. The footage also shows witnesses begging police to let go of Floyd, and criticizing their behavior after Floyd was taken away on a stretcher.
The court also saw surveillance video from inside Cup Foods before Floyd’s arrest, showing the man appearing to be in good spirits and chatting with store employees.
Court will resume session at 9 a.m. CT, and witness testimony is expected to continue at 9:30 A.M. CT (10:30 A.M. ET).
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