MINNEAPOLIS, MN (March 31. 2021)—The third day of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial resumes on Wednesday with testimonies from witnesses who were standing near the crime scene and new footage of George Floyd at the “Cup Foods” moments before the police were called.
On Tuesday, the teen who recorded one of the video capturing Floyd’s death said she would sometimes stay up late at night thinking of Floyd, apologizing to him for “not saving his life.” Floyd, a Black man, died in police custody on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin pinned his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Keep it here for all the latest updates on the trial.
Many of the witnesses have suffered depression, nightmares, concerned for their safety, and resigned from their job–feeling guilty about not being able to prevent George Floyd’s death.
“Christopher Martin, 19, said when he saw what happened to George Floyd he felt “disbelief” and “guilt.” Why guilt, he’s asked. “If I would have just not taken the bill this could have been avoided.”
Christopher Martin, 19, said when he saw what happened to George Floyd he felt "disbelief" and "guilt."— Tasneem N (@TasneemN) March 31, 2021
Why guilt, he's asked.
"If I would have just not taken the bill this could have been avoided." pic.twitter.com/GaGfNq7gJi
George Floyd and the 2 passengers in his vehicle “refused to go back to the store. Martin says the male passenger was doing most of the talking and Floyd was just shaking his head. Manager then instructed Martin’s coworker to call 911.”
“Christopher Martin says his manager asked him to go out to Floyd’s car and ask him to come back to the store. Martin says Floyd & co passengers did not agree. Martin offered to pay the $20 himself but his manager told him to go back out and ask Floyd again.”
The chances of an acquittal of former Officer Derek Chauvin is slim to none–with the mountain of evidence the defense has to climb.