Witnesses in Derek Chauvin Trial Recount Toll of George Floyd’s Final Minutes

MINNEAPOLIS—Witnesses struggled to maintain composure Tuesday as they described watching and in some cases taking video of the encounter between George Floyd and Derek Chauvin in an emotional second day of testimony in the murder trial of the former police officer.

Prosecutors began their case with extensive use of the video showing Mr. Floyd under the knee of Mr. Chauvin as he begs for his life and eventually loses consciousness. Several of the first prosecution witnesses have served to amplify the impact of the video, though defense lawyer Eric Nelson repeatedly pointed out through questioning that there was much they didn’t see and that video didn’t show.

Darnella Frazier, a then-17-year-old high-school student who recorded that video that went viral on the internet, testified Tuesday that she has spent many sleepless nights thinking about the May 25, 2020, incident. She recounted how Mr. Floyd, who was 46, was calling for his mother as she recorded with her cellphone.

“He was stating that he was in pain, his neck, his back, everything hurt. ‘I can’t breathe,’” said Ms. Frazier, who mostly spoke in a strong voice but at times had tears flowing down her face and became choked up.

She said Mr. Chauvin never removed his knee from Mr. Floyd’s neck despite emotional pleas from witnesses, including an off-duty member of the fire department, until an ambulance arrived and the emergency medical technician took his pulse and told him to get off.

Source: WSJ – US News

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