By highlighting the emotional trauma Mr. Floyd’s arrest induced witnesses, prosecutors seemingly hoped to persuade jurors that Mr. Chauvin’s actions had been clearly extreme to individuals who noticed them in actual time. One witness, Darnella Frazier, now 18, testified that she has been haunted by what she noticed, generally mendacity awake at night time “apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting and not saving his life.”
The fateful arrest was replayed from each angle.
For the first time, the ultimate moments earlier than Mr. Floyd’s arrest have been proven intimately. Surveillance video from Cup Foods, along with testimony from the store clerk, confirmed Mr. Floyd strolling round the retailer, chatting and laughing with clients, and ultimately shopping for a pack of cigarettes with a $20 invoice that the clerk suspected was faux.
Footage from police physique cameras then replayed the arrest from starting to finish. It confirmed an officer method Mr. Floyd together with his pistol drawn, and captured audio of Mr. Floyd’s fearful response: “Please, don’t shoot me,” he mentioned. Mr. Floyd appeared terrified, first of the pistol, then of being held in a police automotive.
As Mr. Chauvin pinned him to the floor, the footage captured the moments when the officers checked for a pulse and located none, however took no motion.
A tactic that was known as ‘deadly force.’
On Friday, Lt. Richard Zimmerman, the longest-serving officer in the Minneapolis Police Department, offered scathing condemnation of Mr. Chauvin’s use of force. He mentioned Mr. Chauvin violated police coverage and known as his actions “totally unnecessary.” Putting a knee on somebody’s neck whereas they’re handcuffed in a susceptible place, he mentioned, qualifies as “deadly force.”
“If your knee is on a person’s neck, that can kill them,” Lieutenant Zimmerman mentioned, including that people who find themselves handcuffed typically pose little risk to officers. Mr. Zimmerman’s testimony, bolstered by his greater than 35 years on the power, might be a serious setback for a vital facet of Mr. Chauvin’s protection — that his actions weren’t solely authorized, however inside the bounds of his coaching.