Chauvin Trial Day 3: Jurors, eyewitnesses watch body cam, surveillance footage

Derek Chauvin trial: First footage shown of George Floyd inside shop

Derek Chauvin trial: First footage shown of George Floyd inside shop

"Mine was in my neck and his was in his back", 45-year-old Courteney Ross said on Thursday, day four of former officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial.

"Both Floyd and I, our story, it's a classic story of how many people get addicted to opioids".

"We both suffered from chronic pain", Ross said. "Mine was in my neck and his was in his back".

Former police officer Chauvin is on trial, accused of killing Mr Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, while arresting him in Minneapolis, US.

Eric Nelson, Chauvin's defense attorney, claimed in opening arguments that Floyd's death was due to drugs and underlying medical conditions and not asphyxiation.

"It's what I would have done for anybody", she said. "Why you doing me like this?"

When Ross was shown a photograph of Floyd, one of several pictures of him that were shared widely after his death, she described it through laughs and tears as a "Dad selfie" because of the low angle from which he had taken it.

She says the couple were separated for awhile, but from March to May 2020, they spent every day together. "It's something I'll deal with forever", she said.

Courteney Ross also cried on the witness stand on Thursday as she told the story of how they first met in 2017 at a Salvation Army shelter where Floyd was a security guard with "this great Southern voice, raspy".

She suspected he began using again about two weeks before his death because his behaviour changed.

Ross described Floyd as "a mama's boy" - and she said he was hit hard by his mother's death in May 2018.

As Ross wept, Frank asked if she wanted to take a break. "It's one of my favourite stories to tell".

Floyd had been working as the head of security at a nightclub shortly before his death but had lost the job when the club closed because of the coronavirus, she said.

She was waiting in the lobby to see the father of her son, exhausted after closing up the coffee shop where she worked.

"Floyd has this great, deep Southern voice, raspy", Ross recalled. "He was like, 'Sis, you OK, sis?'" Ms Ross recalled.

He told the jury he thought the bill was counterfeit and considered just letting the store deduct it from his wages, but then made a decision to tell his manager, who told Martin to go and confront Floyd, who had got back into a vehicle outside.

Minnesota is a rarity in explicitly permitting such "spark of life" testimony about a crime victim ahead of a verdict.

Defence lawyers often complain that such evidence allows prosecutors to play on jurors' emotions.

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Other video shown to the court Wednesday included the body camera footage from the other officers who arrived on the scene that day. Floyd can be heard in the footage saying he's "claustrophobic" and struggling to breathe.

The most serious charge against the now-fired officer carries up to 40 years in prison.

At one point, Floyd bucks forward, throwing his upper body out of the vehicle.

Officers eventually give up, and Mr Floyd thanks them - and then is taken to the ground, face down and handcuffed. He told the court Mr Chauvin had used a unsafe technique called a "blood choke" and was moving his knee back and forth to increase the pressure on Mr Floyd's back and neck.

"He wouldn't get out of the vehicle".

Belfrey said he started recording when he saw one of the officers draw his gun.

Lane also asked twice if the officers should roll Mr Floyd on his side, and later said he thinks Mr Floyd is passing out.

"He was the type of person that would just run to the store", she said with a laugh.

The officers' video was part of a mountain of footage and witness testimony on Wednesday showing how Mr Floyd's alleged attempt to pass a counterfeit 20 dollar note at a neighbourhood market last May escalated into tragedy.

Genevieve Hansen, an off-duty firefighter and paramedic who was near the scene of the arrest, can be heard on the video screaming at the police to check Mr Floyd's pulse.

"We had to control this guy because he's a sizable guy".

Fentanyl and methamphetamine was found in Mr Floyd's system during an autopsy.

Chauvin's lawyer said the officer is 5ft 9in and 140lbs.

At one point, Eldridge asked McMillian if he needed "a minute", and paused the video.

Cup Foods cashier Christopher Martin testified Wednesday that after Floyd left the store, his manager asked him to approach Floyd in the auto.

Mr Martin, a cashier at the Cup Foods grocery store in Minneapolis, accepted the $US20 bill that triggered everything that followed.

Mr McMillian said he remembers feeling "helpless" seeing the incident unfold.

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