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
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
Meant to share this MPD graphic yesterday depicting the departments use of force matrix as it relates to the resistance of a subject. Sgt Stiger concludes "No force should have been used" once #GeorgeFloyd is prone, handcuffed on the ground. #DerekChauvinTrial
Schleicher just asked Sgt Stiger about crowd of bystanders? Hostile? No. Throwing bottles, attacking officers? No. Sgt Stiger says he did not consider this crowd to be a threat, explaining they were filming what was happening & expressing their concerns for #GeorgeFloyd
MOMENTS AGO: State use of force expert, LAPD Sgt Jody Stiger talking about the deadly risks of positional asphyxia. Eric Nelson has now begun his cross examination. #GeorgeFloyd #DerekChauvinTrial @FOX9
On cross exam, Eric Nelson gets Sgt Stiger to acknowledge, based on information Derek Chauvin had from radio dispatch & his initial observations of a resisting #GeorgeFloyd, a reasonable officer would have been allowed to deploy a taser under the circumstances. #DerekChauvinTrial
Defense just played short clip from police body cam footage while officers are on top of #GeorgeFloyd. It's hard to make out what Floyd is saying. Nelson asked Sgt. Stiger if he hears Floyd say, "I ate too many drugs." Sgt. Stiger responds he cannot make it out. Nelson moves on.
After approximately 90 minutes of steady expert witness testimony from LAPD Sgt Jody Stiger, Judge Peter Cahill calls for the 20-minute AM break. We are in recess until 11:05am central time. #GeorgeFloyd #DerekChauvinTrial @FOX9
Courtroom pool reporter: "Practically all jurors taking notes when viewing pix of Chauvin applying pain inducing hold to Floyd’s hand"
Additionally, full jury said to be looking "attentively at pix of bystanders" during testimony abt how threatening crowd may have been for police
ICYMI: Here's the cross examination Q & A between defense atty Nelson & use of force expert LAPD Sgt Jodi Stiger. Do you hear #GeorgeFloyd say, "I ate too many drugs"? #DerekChauvinTrial @FOX9
Sgt Stiger's expert testimony is complete. State calls its next witness. Special Agent James Reyerson of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. He was the lead investigator on the case. #DerekChauvinTrial #GeorgeFloyd
SA James Reyerson is a former NYC cop, now w/ BCA. He takes state's case in new direction. Again, BCA is investigative agency on deadly use of force incident. So think crime scene, evidence, statements of cops, etc. Their file then turned over to prosecutors for charging decision
Sgt Reyerson snapped this photo of defendant #DerekChauvin after the deadly arrest incident. He testified that Chauvin weighed 140 pounds. And his equipment weighed somewhere between 30 & 40 pounds. #DerekChauvinTrial
After a quick sidebar, Judge Cahill decides to call the lunch recess during Sgt Reyerson's direct examination. Judge asks jurors to reconvene at 1:15pm central. #DerekChauvinTrial #GeorgeFloyd @FOX9
KEY COURTROOM MOMENT: State use of force expert Los Angeles Police Sergeant Jodi Stiger: "No force should have been used once he was in that position." #GeorgeFloyd #DerekChauvinTrial @FOX9
COURT RESUMES: Special Agent James Reyerson, lead BCA case investigator now detailing the various pieces of evidence including the two $20 bills recovered at Cup Foods, East 38th Street & Chicago Avenue. #DerekChauvinTrial #GeorgeFloyd @FOX9
Prosecution walking BCA Special Agent Reyerson thru little 10-second clips of body camera footage & Darnella Frazier bystander video to show how long #DerekChauvin kept knee on #GeorgeFloyd neck and back beyond moments where Floyd stops speaking & eventually stops moving.

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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 --
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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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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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.
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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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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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