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The trial of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing African American nightclub bouncer George Floyd last May, is to resume for a second day on Tuesday following an emotional opening day of witness testimony.

Mr Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter over the killing of Floyd, whose death sparked worldwide Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality and systemic racism. The murder charges could carry 40 and 25-year sentences, respectively.

Donald Williams, a professional mixed martial arts fighter who witnessed the fatal arrest of Floyd outside of a local convenience store, will return to the stand to give further evidence after describing the victim’s death in graphic detail on Monday.

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Floyd pinned down for so long ‘it looked like video feed had frozen’

Scurry told jurors she watched Floyd’s arrest unfold on a video feed from city security cameras last year, however, what she saw made her so concerned that she called her supervisor, a police sergeant, to show him the footage.

“They were still on the ground. That whole situation was still the same,” she testified in court. “I first asked if the screens had frozen because it hadn’t changed,” she added.

Stuti Mishra has this report.

Joe Sommerlad30 March 2021 13:55
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‘There are always two sides of a story,’ defence team counters

For their part, Chauvin’s lawyers said the use of force is an “unattractive” but “necessary” part of police work.

“Derek Chauvin did exactly what he had been trained to do over his 19-year career,” his attorney Eric Nelson argued.

“The evidence is far greater than nine minutes and 29 seconds,” he added. “Evidence will show that when confronted by police, Mr Floyd put drugs in his mouth in an effort to conceal them from police.”

Joe Sommerlad30 March 2021 13:35
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Chauvin accused of ‘betraying his badge’ on emotional first day of testimony

Let’s recap yesterday’s events from the beginning, which commenced with opening statements from the prosecution and defence teams.

“Derek Chauvin betrayed his badge when he used excessive and unreasonable force upon the body of George Floyd,” prosecutor Jerry W Blackwell said in his opening remarks. “He put his knees upon his neck and back, grinding and crunching him until the very breath, no ladies and gentlemen the very life, was squeezed out of him.”

The central questions during day one of the trial – and probably in the weeks to come – was not whether an encounter took place between the two men on 25 May, or whether Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck, for which amble video exists, from police body cameras, bystanders’ phones, security footage and police surveillance video.

Josh Marcus has this report.

Joe Sommerlad30 March 2021 13:15
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Martial artist eyewitness to return to stand after decribing ‘blood choke’ restraint

The trial of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing African American nightclub bouncer George Floyd last May, is to resume for a second day at 9.30am EST (3.30pm GMT) on Tuesday at Hennepin County Courthouse in the Minnesota city following an emotional opening day of witness testimony.

Mr Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter over the killing of Floyd, whose death sparked worldwide Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality and systemic racism. The murder charges could carry 40 and 25-year sentences, respectively.

Donald Williams, a professional mixed martial arts fighter who witnessed the fatal arrest of Floyd outside of a local convenience store, will return to the stand to give further evidence after describing the victim’s death in graphic detail on Monday.

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Witness Donald Williams answers questions at Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis on Monday 29 March 2021

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Witness Donald Williams answers questions at Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis on Monday 29 March 2021

Williams can be heard on a bystander’s phone screaming at Chauvin, who held his knee on Floyd’s neck for approximately nine minutes during the arrest on 25 May 2020, shortly after Floyd was accused of attempting to pay for cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill at Cup Foods.

Williams calls Chauvin a “bum” in the video, accuses the white officer of “enjoying” his restraining of Floyd and told jurors on Monday he believed that Chauvin was using his knee in a “blood choke” on Floyd, a wrestling move intended to knock an opponent unconscious.

Chauvin’s lawyers are expected to counter that Williams has no knowledge of police manoeuvres.

Joe Sommerlad30 March 2021 12:55
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Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd during an arrest last May.

Joe Sommerlad30 March 2021 12:39