DEREK Chauvin’s bodycam footage was made public during the third day of his trial, showing him pull George Floyd by the neck before his camera falls due to the struggle that ensues.
Jurors were shown never-before-seen bodycam footage of Floyd pleading with officers during his arrest, telling them “I’m not a bad guy” before gasping for breath while Chauvin had his knee over his neck for over nine minutes.
Chauvin’s bodycam footage shows him lifting Floyd by the neck as the two struggle to the floor, ultimately unpinning his camera and rendering that video useless.
Floyd is seen on tape pleading for his life as Chauvin defends his actions, saying “that’s one person’s opinion” after Charles McMillian, a bystander, is heard off-camera taking issue with Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck.
“We had to control this guy because he’s a sizable guy. It looks like he’s probably on something,” Chauvin told McMillian as he got into the squad car after Floyd was taken away in an ambulance.
McMillian at one point told Floyd to cooperate with police, repeatedly saying “you can’t win.”
During his testimony, the 61-year-old broke into tears as the bodycam footage showed Chauvin’s knee over Floyd’s neck and McMillian was heard off camera telling Chauvin to “get your knee off his neck.”
His emotional testimony led him to tears after McMillian watched the bodycam footage, saying “I feel helpless. I don’t have a mama either. I understand him.”
After the court broke for 10 minutes to allow McMillian to regroup, the witness said he had a short conversation with Chauvin because “what I watched was wrong.”
The bodycam footage also showed Chauvin was kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 26 seconds, as opposed to the infamous eight minutes and 46 seconds that has been exemplified since Floyd’s May 25, 2020 killing.
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