Shop worker tells of receiving counterfeit bank note from George Floyd

In this image from police body cam video a Minneapolis police officer approaches George Floyd with a gun drawn

In this image from police body cam video a Minneapolis police officer approaches George Floyd with a gun drawn

"We gotta control this guy 'cause he's a sizable guy. and it looks like he's probably on something".

Chauvin, 45, who is white, is charged with murder and manslaughter, accused of killing the 46-year-old Floyd by kneeling on Floyd's neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds, as he lay face-down in handcuffs.

Floyd's death, along with the harrowing bystander video of him pleading that he couldn't breathe as onlookers yelled at Chauvin to get off, triggered sometimes violent protests around the world and a reckoning over racism and police brutality across the U.S.

A court in the USA state of Minnesota proceeds Thursday with the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged in the death of George Floyd last year that sparked widespread protests against police brutality and systemic racism last year.

In the afternoon, with Minneapolis Police Lt. James Jeffrey Rugel on the stand, prosecutors played previously unseen footage from Chauvin's body camera.

He said Mr Floyd "appeared to be high" because he struggled to respond to a simple question, but he was lucid enough to able to hold a conversation.

Genevieve Hansen, one of several bystanders seen and heard shouting at Chauvin as he pinned Floyd down, described her desperation Tuesday as she recounted how she was unable to come to Floyd's aid or tell police what to do, such as administering chest compressions. He can be heard on video telling Mr Chauvin: "Your knee on his neck, that's wrong man". Later, when asked why he no longer works at Cup Foods, he said "I didn't feel safe".

"If I would have just not taken the bill, this could have been avoided", Christopher Martin, a 19-year-old cashier at Cup Foods, testified in court Wednesday. "I don't have a mama either; I understand him".

Martin was on the stand Wednesday in Minneapolis, where he spoke about how he and other employees at the store confronted Floyd a year ago when he was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes. The most serious charge against him carries up to 40 years in prison.

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His body camera fell underneath the squad vehicle as Floyd went to the ground during the arrest, so the video does not show Chauvin on Floyd's neck. But he said he accepted it, despite believing the amount would be taken out of his paycheque by his employer because he did not think Floyd knew it was counterfeit and "I thought I'd be doing him a favour".

In opening statements on Monday, Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told the jury that Mr Chauvin had "betrayed his badge" by kneeling on Mr Floyd's neck, and using "excessive and unreasonable force" to detain him.

Frazier told the court that on May 25, 2020, she had been walking to a corner store with her younger cousin when she encountered police pinning Floyd to the ground.

Martin said he told the store manager about the fake bill, however, and the manager eventually called the police.

"When I saw the bill I saw it had a blue pigment to it, kind of like a $100 has so I thought that was odd", he said. He told the court Mr Chauvin had used a risky technique called a "blood choke" and was moving his knee back and forth to increase the pressure on Mr Floyd's back and neck.

As Floyd was pinned down by Chauvin and other officers, McMillian, the bystander, could be heard on video saying to Floyd, "You can't win" and "Get up and get in the auto". "I don't know if you've ever seen someone die in front of you, but it's very upsetting", she said at one point.

FLORIDO: It is, and that's a theme that emerged in the testimony of most of today's witnesses; this feeling that they should have done more as they watched Floyd's life slip away under Chauvin's knee.

"I felt helpless", McMillian said.

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