In this image from video, witness Christopher Martin answers questions as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. In a video shown by prosecutors, McMillian can be heard telling Floyd, “You can’t win,” while standing near the police vehicle and trying to convince Floyd to get into the car when police officers appear to be pushing Floyd into the back seat. One witness, Donald Williams II, who is trained in mixed martial arts, was questioned for more than an hour by the prosecution and defence on Monday and again on Tuesday.
But she said she was not permitted access to the scene and the officers ignored her offers to talk them through CPR. ‘The officers were leaning over his body with what appeared to be the majority of their weight on him,’ she said. ‘He wasn’t moving, he was cuffed and three grown men putting all their weight on somebody – that’s too much. Under questioning by Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank on Tuesday, Hansen had explained how her desperate pleas to be allowed to provide Floyd with life-saving medical assistance were ignored by the officers who pinned him down and blocked by officer Thao.
‘I notified them that they needed to come back into the store and the bill was fake and my boss wanted to talk to them,’ Martin said. Martin then narrated a second video showing him speaking with Floyd and his acquaintances in a car parked outside Cup Foods. He said he took two trips out to the vehicle, bringing co-workers with him the second time.
The head of the World Trade Organization called Thursday for expanded capability in developing countries to manufacture vaccines, saying the gaping imbalance in access to coronavirus vaccines that mostly favors rich, developed countries was unacceptable. “The idea that 70% of vaccines today have been administered only by 10 countries is really not acceptable,” Okonjo-Iweala told reporters while hosting French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire at WTO’s Geneva headquarters. (Video grab of evidence via Reuters Video, annotated and adjusted to protect a minor by Yahoo News.
The others are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and will come before the courts in August. he teenager who shot a harrowing video of George Floyd under the knee of the Minneapolis police officer charged with his murder has told a court she began recording because “it wasn’t right, he was suffering, he was in pain”. The outrage is aimed at Cup Foods, a small shop in south Minneapolis where a teenage clerk called 911 to report that George Floyd had bought cigarettes using a fake $20 (£14.50) bill.
He asked a member of a local violence prevention group to serve as a spokesperson and issued a public statement condemning Mr Floyd’s killing and saying that the store supported the protesters and shared their rage. Mr Abumayyaleh, who is Palestinian American and has spent all of his 35 years in Minneapolis, said he had left the store about three hours before the killing. It had been a busy day, like most Mondays, Mr Abumayyaleh recalled, but he was used to that. The store had always been in his family, and by age 10, he was helping out behind the counter. A few minutes later, Mr Floyd walked in and gave a $20 bill to a teenage clerk, who did not immediately recognise the bill as fake.
One of the bystanders, who identified herself as a Minneapolis firefighter, pleaded repeatedly with officers to check Mr Floyd’s pulse, but Chauvin continued to kneel on Mr Floyd’s neck, and he and a fellow officer would not let onlookers get close, Ms Frazier said. Mr Floyd’s death and the video touched off sometimes-violent protests around the world and a reckoning over racism and police brutality in the US. Darnella Frazier, 18, said she was walking to a convenience store with her younger cousin when she came upon the officers, and sent the girl into the store because she did not want her to see “a man terrified, scared, begging for his life”. Mr Floyd’s death, along with the harrowing bystander video of him pleading that he could not breathe as onlookers yelled at Chauvin to get off, triggered sometimes violent protests around the world and a reckoning over racism and police brutality across the US.
The video made available Thursday comes from fired Officer Tou Thao, one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of Floyd, a handcuffed Black man. Floyd died after a white officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes on a south Minneapolis street May 25 as Floyd repeatedly said he could not breathe. The death sparked massive protests across the U.S. and beyond against racial injustice and police brutality.
Meanwhile, Mr Chauvin’s lawyer Eric Nelson said the case was about the evidence, not about a “political or social cause”. He said Mr Floyd had ingested drugs at the time of his arrest “in an effort to conceal them from the police”, and suggested this had contributed to his death. Shop employee Christopher Martin, 19, told the court he briefly interacted with Mr Floyd as a customer inside Cup Foods shortly before his arrest. He said he was stepping on and off the kerb, and at one point, Officer Tou Thao, who was controlling the crowd, put his hand on his chest. Mr Williams admitted under questioning that he told Mr Thao he would beat the officers if he touched him again.