RIGHT NOW: Tune into @FOX9 for ongoing #DerekChauvinTrial coverage. Motion hearing underway for Moriess Hall, #GeorgeFloyd companion. His atty says Hall has no immunity, no protection and thus plans to invoke his 5th amendment right against self incrimination. Image
Morries Hall's attorney particularly concerned about a 3rd degree murder charge given his potential testimony about #GeorgeFloyd drug use in relation to Floyd's death. #DerekChauvinTrial
SPOTTED AT THE COURTHOUSE: Our pool reporter says on the skyway level of the Gov Center, Benjamin Crump & Rev. Al Sharpton were seen w/ some members of the Floyd family waiting for an elevator. Gwen Carr, the mother of the late Eric Garner, was also there just behind Sharpton.
UP 1ST: State calls next witness Sgt. Ker Yang, #Mpls Police Dept. 24 year veteran. Currently coordinating the department's Crisis Intervention Training unit. Again, prosecutors continuing to focus on MPD training & policy guideline violations during #GeorgeFloyd deadly arrest.
ICYMI: Attorney for #GeorgeFloyd companion Morries Hall, explaining why Hall will invoke 5th amendment right against self-incrimination if called to testify at #DerekChauvinTrial Particularly concerned abt potential murder-3 charge under Minnesota's drug dealing homicide statutes
Lt. Johnny Mercil, a top Minneapolis Police Department official on defensive tactics & use of force policies is testifying now. The Lieutenant is currently on leave from MPD. But he is telling the jury about a 2018 training session he conducted that #DerekChauvin attended. ImageImageImageImage
Lt. Johnny Mercil getting deeper into allowed #Mpls police department neck restraints at time of #GeorgeFloyd deadly arrest. State questioning heading to the conclusion that Chauvin's knee on Floyd's neck was not an authorized or allowed use of force. #DerekChauvinTrial ImageImageImage
In the end, Lt Mercil testified Chauvin's knee to the neck would not be authorized after #GeorgeFloyd was handcuffed & under control. Not quite as dramatic as prosecutor Steve Schleicher was building up to, but point made. Morning recess until 11:15am. #DerekChauvinTrial
INBOX: Rev. Al Sharpton plans to lead noontime prayer group with #GeorgeFloyd family outside the Hennepin Co courthouse. Among the guests: @AttorneyCrump, Eric Garner’s mother Gwen Carr & former New York Governor David A. Paterson. @FOX9
Chauvin defense atty posted screengrabs from body cam footage, asking Lt. Mercil if these images capture #DerekChauvin knee on Floyd's back/shoulder blades. Lt Mercil agrees it appears knee is NOT on neck. Agrees, this looks more "prone hold w/ knee" rather than "neck restraint." Image
HAPPENING NOW: Rev Al Sharpton in #Mpls to lead #GeorgeFloyd family in prayer outside the Hennepin Co courthouse.
You may have heard during today's noontime prayer gathering in #Mpls, @AttorneyCrump mentioned #GeorgeFloyd autopsy photos might be presented to the jury today. This is not true. Our courthouse sources are telling us, this type of graphic evidence is expected later in the week.
Prosecutors displayed #DerekChauvin American Heart Association Heartsaver, CPR, AED certification from nearly a decade ago. Currently, Officer Nicole Mackenzie, the Minneapolis Police Dept. Medical Support coordinator is on the stand. Believe she is the 25th state witness so far. Image
Judge Cahill may have given us a little hint at current witness timeline at end of today's testimony from Nicole Mackenzie, MPD's medical support coordinator. Cahill says defense wants to recall her during their case, telling her to plan for next Tuesday at 9a. #DerekChauvintrial
We have now reached the paid expert portion of #DerekChauvin trial. Jody Stiger is a national use of force expert retained by prosecutors. Stiger is employed by the Los Angeles Police Dept. He has been asked to review the police tactics surrounding #GeorgeFloyd deadly arrest. Image
Wow, sudden ending to the court day. Judge Cahill indicated there may be a legal issue that needs to be addressed with the testimony of the state's use of force expert. Cahill sent the jury home. #DerekChauvinTrial in recess until Wednesday morning. #GeorgeFloyd @FOX9

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8 Apr
ON THE RECORD: #DerekChauvinTrial back in session. Quick record made about upcoming expert medical witnesses & eventual testimony of Henn Co Medical Examiner Dr Andrew Baker. Jury is seated. Our gavel-to-gavel trial coverage right here -- fox9.com/live
Dr. Martin Tobin, Chicago area Pulmonologist – Expert in how people breathe, the lungs. State retained expert. The medical evidence & testimony portion of this case is now underway. Expect a couple days worth of state witnesses. Defense will have their own. #DerekChauvinTrial Image
Interesting to point out Dr. Tobin has been an expert witness in medical malpractices cases. Both sides, medical professional as well as a patient. But this is his very 1st criminal case. He was not paid by the state. Volunteered to offer his expertise on #GeorgeFloyd death.
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7 Apr
BCA Special Agent James Reyerson, lead investigator on the case just testified he heard #GeorgeFloyd say in this video that "I ate too many drugs." #DerekChauvinTrial
SA Reyerson has changed his opinion after listening to a longer clip of this body camera moment. He tells the jury, he now believes #GeorgeFloyd said, "I ain't do no drugs." NOT, "I ate too many drugs." #DerekChauvinTrial
SA Reyerson testimony is now complete. Onto the 2nd BCA witness in the case, McKenzie Anderson. She was the crime scene lead on death of #GeorgeFloyd investigation. Continued #DerekChauvinTrial coverage live right now on @FOX9. Image
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BACK IN SESSION: Without any formal explanation of yesterday's abrupt end, #DerekChauvinTrial is back in session. LAPD Sgt Jody Stiger resumes his testimony. If looking for a quick listen, I joined NPR's Up First podcast early this AM to discuss the case.
Prosecutor Steve Schleicher having Sgt. Jody Stiger walk the jury thru video screenshots of #DerekChauvin knee on #GeorgeFloyd neck area. Says knee positioning did NOT change during the full 9 minute & 29 seconds of the restraint even after the ambulance arrived. @FOX9 Image
Sgt. Stiger points out a "pain compliance technique" where officers squeeze a subject's hand to get compliance as #DerekChauvin is seemingly captured here with a handcuffed & prone #GeorgeFloyd. #DerekChauvinTrial Image
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Getting ready for week 2 of witness testimony in #DerekChauvinTrial. A reminder where we left off Friday w/ testimony of long-time #Mpls police Lt Richard Zimmerman. Today, expecting Chief Medaria Arradondo on the stand. He has called what happened to #GeorgeFloyd "murder."
Judge Cahill is back on the record. We are certainly lacking details. But Cahill has ruled there was "no jury misconduct" after speaking to the panel w/ audio & video shut off. So we'll figure out what that was about. But certainly some drama already this AM. #DerekChauvinTrial
State has just informed the court it has two (2) use of force experts above & beyond several officials w/ #Mpls police department. Judge Cahill expressed some frustration with that idea. Explaining at this point, it feels like piling on. #DerekChauvinTrial #GeorgeFloyd
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24 Apr 19
Crystal police Lt Derrick Hacker wrapped up his state use of force testimony about 2:30pm. Questioning by defense contentious at times. But Lt. Hacker didn't budge in his conclusions -- Noor & partner Matthew Harrity made mistakes & #JustineDamond should still be alive.#NoorTrial
State now has perhaps their final witness on the stand. Former Charlottesville, VA Police Chief Timothy Longo. Longo brings police policy & administrative experience to the table. He told jury, it is the 1st time he has testified for the gov't against an officer. #NoorTrial
State expert Timothy Longo remains on stand as #Noortrial ended testimony today. He will be cross-examined by the defense tomorrow morning. Court resumes at 11am. Remember a juror has a job interview. So they are giving the juror time to take care of their business.
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