Genevieve Henson testified on Tuesday that she had gone out for her day off and was in apparent medical distress under Chowin’s knee on Fluid. She Floyd tried to provide assistance and repeatedly asked police to investigate a pulse, but he refused.
“I tried quiet arguments, I tried to be assertive, I pledged and was desperate,” she testified. “I was desperate to help.”
When cross-examined, Hansen struggled with defense attorney Eric Nelson, repeatedly answering his questions and snark. “I don’t know if you’ve ever seen someone die in front of you, but it’s very disturbing,” he said at one point.
After dismissing the jury for the day, Judge Peter Cahill told Hansen to answer questions and stop arguing. His cross-examination will continue on Wednesday morning.
Hanson was one of six who testified Tuesday, the second day of Chauvin’s criminal trial, along with a 9-year-old girl, three high school students and a mixed martial arts fighter. All arrived at the corner of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis looking to buy snacks from a corner store or simply to get fresh air – only to witness Floyd’s last breaths.
“I was kind of sad and paranoid,” the 9-year-old testified. “Because it felt like he was holding his breath, and it was like hurting him.”
A teenage high school student who recorded and shared a video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd said she was sleeping about the incident to see what else she could do.
“It’s been a night that I apologize to George Floyd for doing this and not physically negotiating and saving my life,” he said. “But this is not what I should have done, this is what he should have done.”
Defense tries to show mob ‘threat’
His harsh testimony carried forward the prosecution’s initial statement, asking gamblers to focus on a 9-minute and 29-second video that Chouvin had strangled on Fluid’s neck.
Lawyer Jerry Blackwell said, “You can believe in your eyes that this is a murder.” “You can believe your eyes.”
Nelson, Chovin’s defense attorney, has argued that the case is more complicated than just the video. He Chauvin followed his police use of force training and argued that the cause of Floyd’s death was a combination of drug use and health problems.
He It also said that the audience turned into a threatening crowd, which distracted the authorities. In the controversial cross-examinations of Henson and MMA fighter Donald Williams II on Tuesday, Nelson tried to get him to admit that he and the crowd were angry as Floyd slowly died. They insisted that they were increasingly desperate, helpless and anxious.
“I’ve gone professional. I’ve been in my body,” Williams said. “You can’t paint me to be angry.”
Chauvin, 45, has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree culpable homicide, third-degree murder and second-degree murder.
Her trial 10 months after Floyd’s death came as a reaction to protest, unrest and a social retaliation with America’s past and black racism and aggressive policing.
Due to the Kovid-19 epidemic, presence inside the court room is strictly limited. The lawsuit is being broadcast live completely, giving the public a rare glimpse into the most important case of the Black Lives Matter era.