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A week of compelling and potentially devastating testimony at Derek Chauvin's murder trial

April 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Pain, trauma and regret spilled out from a Minneapolis courtroom during a first week of critical testimony in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who knelt on the neck of George Floyd.

(CNN)Pain, trauma and regret spilled out from a Minneapolis courtroom during a first week of critical testimony in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who knelt on the neck of George Floyd.

The week concluded with potentially devastating testimony from the police department's most senior officer, who called Chauvin's actions on the day of Floyd's death "totally unnecessary. "

Blackwell, in opening statements, said 9-2-9 were the "three most important numbers in this case. " That was the time it took for Chauvin to squeeze "the very life" out of Floyd.

He pleaded for Chauvin to get off Floyd.

"These words are going to be churning around in jurors' minds and the question that's going to come out of this is, looking towards Derek Chauvin, the defendant in this case, 'Why didn't you move?'" CNN senior legal analyst Laura Coates said of the testimony.

She testified that she saw Chauvin kneeling over Floyd's neck.

Christopher Martin, the 19-year-old cashier who suspected Floyd had handed him a counterfeit $20 bill before the police were called, echoed the regret of other witnesses.

He might have been on drugs,' and basically explaining away, in a very non-emotional way, the fact that this had happened to Floyd," O'Mara said of Chauvin's statement to the bystander.

Chauvin told supervisor Floyd 'was going crazy'

The jury also heard Chauvin's call to his supervisor shortly after kneeling on Floyd to explain his version of events.

Chauvin said Floyd became combative after officers tried to put Floyd in the car.

After a struggle, Chauvin said, Floyd had a medical emergency, according to Pleoger.

Chauvin did not mention he held his knee on Floyd's neck and back.

At Hennepin County Medical Center later that night, Chauvin for the first time told his supervisor that he had knelt on Floyd's neck, Pleoger testified.

"When Mr. Floyd was no longer offering up any resistance to the officers, they could have ended the restraint," he said.

The prosecution said Chauvin pressed down on Floyd's neck and back for nearly 4 minutes during which Floyd was non-responsive.

The first week of testimony has been an "emotional roller coaster," Philonise Floyd said.

Floyd was a mama's boy who was a "shell of himself" after his mother's death in 2018, she said.

Zimmerman said Chauvin's actions after Floyd was handcuffed and in a prone position were "uncalled for" and "totally unnecessary. "

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