Prosecution explores George Floyd’s ‘spark of life’ testimony in Derek Chauvin trial – National

Prosecutors trying a white former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd’s death put one of Floyd’s brothers on the witness stand Monday in a further effort to humanize him for the jury and counter the defence narrative that Floyd was at least partially responsible for his own death due to his use of illegal […]

Judge in George Floyd case won’t sequester jury after fatal police shooting – National

The judge in the George Floyd murder case refused a defence request to immediately sequester the jury Monday, the morning after the killing of a Black man during a traffic stop triggered unrest in a suburb just outside Minneapolis. The request came from the attorney for former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin. Defence attorney […]

George Floyd died due to low oxygen, not drug overdose, another expert testifies – National

A forensic pathologist testified on Friday that the sheer volume of videos of George Floyd‘s arrest helped confirm the finding that asphyxiation by police caused his death, and not an opioid overdose, as argued by lawyers for the former Minneapolis officer on trial for his murder. Dr. Lindsey Thomas said she agreed with the […]

George Floyd died of lack of oxygen, medical expert says – National

George Floyd died of a lack of oxygen from being pinned to the pavement with a knee on his neck, a medical expert testified at former Officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial Thursday, emphatically rejecting the defence theory that Floyd’s drug use and underlying health problems were what killed him. “A healthy person subjected to […]

Derek Chauvin didn’t take knee off George Floyd’s neck for over 9 minutes, expert says – National

Officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck — and was bearing down with most of his weight — the entire 9 1/2 minutes the Black man lay facedown with his hands cuffed behind his back, a use-of-force expert testified Wednesday at Chauvin’s murder trial. Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department […]

George Floyd’s heart had stopped when he arrived at hospital, doctor says – National

The emergency room doctor who pronounced George Floyd dead after trying to resuscitate him testified Monday that he theorized at the time that Floyd’s heart most likely stopped because he didn’t get enough oxygen. Dr. Bradford Langenfeld, who was a senior resident on duty that night at Hennepin County Medical Center, took the stand […]

‘I’m sorry’: George Floyd pleads with officers in body-cam video shown at trial – National

George Floyd’s struggle with three police officers trying to arrest him, seen on body-camera video, included Floyd’s panicky cries of “I’m sorry, I’m sorry” and “I’m claustrophobic!” as the officers tried to push Floyd into the back of a police SUV. At one point, Floyd bucks forward, throwing his upper body out of the […]

Firefighter who said she was stopped from helping George Floyd returns to stand – National

A Minneapolis firefighter who voiced frustration at being prevented from using her EMT training to help George Floyd will be back on the stand Wednesday in the trial of the fired police officer charged in Floyd’s death. Genevieve Hansen, one of several bystanders seen and heard shouting at Derek Chauvin as he pinned Floyd facedown outside […]

Witness of George Floyd’s death to testify in day 2 of Derek Chauvin’s trial – National

A man who was among onlookers shouting at a Minneapolis police officer to get off George Floyd last May was to continue testifying Tuesday, a day after he described seeing Floyd struggle for air and his eyes rolling back into his head, saying he saw Floyd “slowly fade away … like a fish in […]

Video of George Floyd’s arrest may appear early in trial against Derek Chauvin – National

A former Minneapolis police officer goes on trial Monday in George Floyd’s death, and jurors may not wait long to see parts of the bystander video that caught Derek Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck, sparking waves of outrage and activism across the U.S. and beyond. Prosecutors have not said when they will play the […]