"We trust the police. We believe the police. We believe they are going to help us." It is difficult to think otherwise.
"This case is not called: 'the State of Minnesota v. The Police.' It is 'the State of Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin.'"
"There's nothing worse for the good police than bad police."
"The Defendant is on trial for what he did, not for who he was. For what he did on that day for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. He didn't follow his hundreds of hours of training; he didn't follow his dept rules; he didn't give CPR; he just didn't do better."
“The former girlfriend first met Gaetz while she attended college in the Orlando area in 2017. Greenberg, who established contact with her on SeekingArrangement — a dating website that connects women with so-called sugar daddies — made the connection.” politico.com/states/florida…
“Soon after, she began dating Gaetz, although the relationship was not exclusive, friends said.
Gaetz later got her a job interning in the office of another Republican member of Congress.”
“Gaetz and the ex-girlfriend continued to date until well after the Bahamas trip in 2018. Friends said the two remained on good terms, although she was a source of friction between the lawmaker and Beshears. Beshears had apparently been taking her out on dates in Tallahassee.”
Dr. Thomas: "There’s no evidence to suggest [George Floyd] would have died that night except for the interactions with law enforcement."
Although Floyd’s death certificate mentions “other contributing conditions” including heart disease and the presence of fentanyl and methamphetamine, Dr. Thomas testified that these were not the cause of death in Floyd’s case.
Dr. Thomas: George Floyd underwent “physiological stress” as in he feared for his life for more than nine minutes. This physiological stress increased the demand on Floyd’s heart, lungs and muscles, which were already stressed by his restraint.
Dr. Tobin: the toe of Chauvin's boot is lifted off of the ground so that means that half of Chauvin's body weight plus half of his gear weight - for a total of 91.5 pounds - is coming down directly onto George Floyd's neck.
This is being depicted in Exhibit 943 and it is a compelling exhibit.
Dr. Tobin: the first 5 minutes and 3 seconds of Floyd on the ground: his oxygen levels were enough to keep his brain alive b/c he continued to speak and he was able to verbalize words.
Chauvin's counsel objected & asked for a sidebar after this testimony.
Critical testimony from Dr. Tobin: “Mr Floyd died from a low-level of oxygen and this caused damage to his brain...and it also caused a [pulseless electrical activity] arrhythmia that caused his heart to stop.”
“The cause of the low-level of oxygen was shallow breathing, small breaths...shallow breaths that weren’t able to carry the air through his lungs down to the essential areas [in] his lungs.”
“There are a number of forces that led to the size of his breath becoming so small.”
“He’s turned prone on the street, that he has the handcuffs in place combined with the street, and then that he has a knee on his neck, and that he has a knee on his back."
The State's next witness today is Senior Special Agent James D. Reyerson, of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. He led his office's investigation into Floyd's death and conducted several interviews.
The Court has recessed for lunch.
Senior Special Agent Reyerson testifies that two cars in the Floyd case were searched twice & processed twice by crime scene investigators. 6 months after Floyd died, they found half-chewed pills that had Floyd’s DNA on them.
It's Day 7 in the #DerekChauvinTrial and the State's first witness is Sgt. Ker Yang, who has been a Minneapolis PD officer for 24 years and is the Crisis Intervention Training Coordinator.
He testified that when it is safe and feasible, that an officer should de-escalate a crisis situation. Officers are trained to detect signs of crisis and that MPD officers undergo specific training in this area.
On cross-examination, Chauvin's counsel is attempting to get Yang to agree that an intensifying crowd situation is part of an officer's assessment of arrest conditions.