It is day 13 of the testimony of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged with the death of George Floyd.
The defense part of the process continues today.
If you’re just reading in, here’s a summary of what happened yesterday in court:
Retired Minneapolis Police Officer: The defense’s first witness was retired Minneapolis police officer Scott Creighton, who testified about a 2019 arrest of George Floyd. The judge allowed the statement “only for the limited purpose of showing or not showing the effects of opioid use on the body.” Wellbeing by George Floyd. “
Body camera footage showed that Floyd failed to comply with the officer’s instructions to put his hand on the car’s dashboard. In the video, you can hear Floyd say that he didn’t want to be shot. Creighton testified that the situation “escalated very quickly”.
Retired Paramedic: The next witness was retired paramedic Michelle Monseng, who treated Floyd after he was taken into custody in 2019. She told the defense that Floyd told her he took an opioid every 20 minutes, “and then another when the officer showed up.” She told defense attorney Eric Nelson that Floyd was upset and confused.
During the cross-examination, Monseng said Floyd could walk, stand up, and be vigilant. She said he had not stopped breathing and had not gone into cardiac arrest.
George Floyd’s friend: Shawanda Hill was summoned by the defense to testify. She was in the back seat of the car with Floyd at Cup Foods. She testified that he was “happy, normal, talking, vigilant” when she saw him.
She said Floyd fell asleep while they were in the car. Hill said she could wake him, but then he nodded off again. She said she was able to wake him up a second time when the police approached the vehicle. He immediately grabbed the steering wheel and said, “Please, please, don’t kill me! Don’t shoot me!”
Minneapolis Park Police Officer: Peter Chang was on duty responding to a call to Cup Foods to assist officers. He told the jury that bystanders on the sidewalk became “very aggressive” during the incident and that he was concerned about the officers’ safety.
The defense played body camera footage from Chang. It was revealed when he was standing by Floyd’s car around the corner from the place where Floyd was taken into custody. During the cross-examination, Chang testified that he could no longer see what was going on in Floyd’s car.
Minneapolis Police Department Medical Assistance Trainer: The defense called Minneapolis Police Officer Nicole MacKenzie, who is the department’s medical support coordinator. She previously testified as a witness for the prosecution.
She said one of the crime scene officers, Thomas Lane, had been trained to recognize a condition known as “excited delirium”. During the cross-examination, she testified that officers are being asked to roll suspects on her side as this condition can affect breathing.
Expert in the use of force: Barry Brodd, a former police officer and expert on the use of force, was the last witness of the day. He testified that Chauvin’s actions were “justified” and that it was not fatal violence.
Brodd is retained by defenseman Eric Nelson. He was paid to work on the case, he testified.
On Monday, the violence expert told prosecutors that Chauvin’s actions constituted fatal violence and were unreasonable.
During the cross-examination, Brodd said Chauvin knew Floyd wasn’t responding or resisting. He said he heard another officer say Floyd had no pulse while Chauvin was on him. Brodd also testified that kneeling on a suspect in the prone position could be an use of force after previously testifying that it was not.
Take a look at the recap of Day 12 from HLN Mike Galanos: