Chauvin Trial Continues with Defense, Prosecutor Disagreement
Former officer's lawyer and prosecutors disagreed yesterday on what is said on video footage.
Continuing with an update on the Derek Chauvin trial, the former officer’s lawyer and prosecutors disagreed yesterday on what is said on video footage.
Chauvin’s defense attorney Eric Nelson played video of George Floyd speaking to officers while they had him pinned down last May. In the footage, Floyd can be heard yelling while handcuffed and in distress. Nelson questioned Los Angeles Police Sgt. Jody Stiger, a use of force expert who was on the stand about whether or not Floyd says quote “‘I ate too many drugs.”
Stiger stated that he was unable to make out the audio. Nelson asked the same question later to another witness, James Reyerson, a senior special agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Reyerson agreed that was in fact what Floyd can be heard saying. But, later in the trial admitted that the audio sounded like Floyd was saying something different. Defense lawyers in the trial have argued that Chauvin did what he was trained to do and that Floyd’s use of drugs and other health conditions caused his death. Today’s witnesses will talk about the actual cause of death.