On day three of Chauvin’s trial, bystanders testify

Friday, 02 Apr, 2021

Paramedic Seth Zachary Bravinder, who provided medical assistance to George Floyd, told the court that when he arrived at the scene, he could tell from a distance that Floyd wasn't breathing.

Chauvin then responds to McMillian by describing Floyd as a "sizeable guy" and that the officers needed to "control" Floyd. He did not remember the patient moving or struggling.

"Mr. Morries Lester Hall, through undersigned counsel, hereby provides notice to all parties in this matter that if called to testify he will invoke his fifth amendment privilege against self-incrimination", said a notice filed by Assistant Public Defender Adrienne Cousins. Bravinder said the phrase cardiac arrest is used for patients that do not have a pulse and their heart has stopped.

Afterwards, he had asked me who my son's father was and I said we're co-parenting and we're not in a relationship.

Under questioning from Nelson, Ross also disclosed that Floyd's pet name for her in his phone was "Mama" - testimony that called into question the widely reported account that Floyd was crying out for his mother as he lay pinned to the pavement.

Their next course of action, he said, was to move Floyd into their ambulance so they could focus on resuscitating him. He told the court there was no change in Floyd's condition and he didn't get a pulse during the time Bravinder was with him.

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Ross, a mother of two who works in a coffee shop, said she had been Floyd's girlfriend since August 2017.

Ms Ross said she had gone to the shelter because her sons' father was staying there.

Prosecutors put Ross on the stand as part of an effort to humanize Floyd in front of the jury and portray him as more than a crime statistic, and also apparently explain his drug use to the jurors and perhaps get them to empathize with what he went through.

"It's something we dealt with every day", Ross told the court.

"It was so sweet", she said, dabbing a tissue to her eyes.

The 45-year-old also recounted how both she and her boyfriend struggled with opioid addiction.

During the cross-examination of Ross, the defense asked Ross about the source of the opioids and other drugs that she and Floyd had taken.

After a sidebar, Nelson again referenced the Federal Bureau of Investigation interview regarding the pills before noting that Floyd spent five days in the hospital due to an apparent overdose in March of a year ago.

"It's a classic story of how many people get addicted to opioids", Ms Ross, who wore a heart-shaped brooch on her jacket, told the jury.

It ended with Mr Chauvin pressing his knee into Mr Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes before he died. "But it was different how he said it", Ross said.

A store clerk has told the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin that he regretted accepting the fake $20 bill from George Floyd that led to his arrest and eventual death. Floyd died at the scene.

Opioid-related deaths have been on the rise for years in the U.S., a trend the pandemic has accelerated.

The lawyers, Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci, said in a statement that Mr. Chauvin's lawyer was focusing on Mr. Floyd's drug use "because that is the go-to tactic when the facts are not on your side", and that Mr. Floyd had been fine before the police were called.

Charles McMillian, who lives near the Cup Foods, was driving by when he saw Floyd's encounter with police, he said. We had to control this guy because he's a sizeable guy. "Looks like he's probably on something". Officers Tou Thao and Chauvin arrived.

In the months that followed, she said, spent a lot of time together during the coronavirus quarantine, and Mr Floyd was clean.

Hall was a longtime friend of Floyd's.

Martin testified Wednesday that he watched Floyd's arrest outside with "disbelief - and guilt". Soon after the incident, Martin quit his job at the store.

Silent security-camera video played for the jury shows Floyd dressed in a black tank top approaching Cup Food's counter with a banana in hand, smiling and making cheerful conversation and putting his arm around a female friend. "When they take selfies, it's kind of lower and it's just, they don't, I don't know, take the time to do the certain angles that everybody else does".