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George Floyd's family describes heart wrenching experience in the courtroom during Derek Chauvin's trial, attorney says

April 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Attorney Ben Crump spoke to CNN's Jim Acosta on Sunday.

(CNN)An attorney representing the family of George Floyd told CNN on Sunday being in the courtroom for the trial of the former police officer accused of killing Floyd has been "heart-wrenching. "

The highly anticipated trial of Derek Chauvin began Monday with video showing Floyd's final moments.

Only one member from the Floyd and Chauvin families will be allowed to attend the trial in Minneapolis because of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, a judge ruled in the case.

Ben Crump, who represents Floyd's family, told CNN's Jim Acosta that as a Black man -- who also has been a civil rights attorney the entirety of his professional life -- he believes Chauvin will be convicted.

Crump said he was shocked when defense attorneys started blaming the crowd outside of Cup Foods and that "the only thing that killed George Floyd was an overdose of excessive force. " Defense attorney Eric Nelson argued the bystanders at the scene of Floyd's death had morphed into a threatening crowd.

One thing Crump did find compelling, he said, was the testimony from Jena Scurry, a Minneapolis 911 dispatcher who directed officers to the Cup Foods store, the scene of Floyd's death.

Crump described Scurry's comments as a "bombshell testimony. " Crump also also addressed the testimony of Lt. Richard Zimmerman, the Minneapolis Police Department's top homicide detective, who said Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck after handcuffing him was "totally unnecessary. "

"It says something when you have the highest-ranking police officials in Minneapolis Police Department also saying this is a bridge too far," Crump said.

What Crump said he did not like during the trial's first week was the defense's strategy to bring up Floyd's drug use.

"It's going to antagonize them over and over when (defense attorneys) try to tell them that his cause of death was not what they saw in this video, but some trace amounts of drugs that was found in his system," Crump said.

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