Chauvin's protection seems to be claiming that whereas Floyd is unconscious, he could have proven up and assaulted law enforcement officials
THIS MORNING: Morries Hall attorney, who was with George Floyd on the day of his death and allegedly selling him drugs, states that Hall is relying on his 5th amendment rights to avoid being brought on 3rd degree murder charges is exposed. pic.twitter.com/DOZcvgNUxT
– Alpha News (@AlphaNewsMN) April 6, 2021
The trial had barely started for the day on Tuesday morning Nelson attempted to reveal to the jury a suspected connection between Floyd and an accused drug dealer. This man, Morries Hall, was a friend of Floyd's who was with him before he died, and he appeared in court before the jury was convened, the New York Times reported. Hall has said he would invoke his fifth right of amendment to protect him from self-blame if summoned to testify. Adrienne Cousins, Hall's attorney, said in court that Hall's car had been searched twice and drugs were found in it on both occasions. "This leads to the possibility that Mr. Hall may embroil himself in a future prosecution for third degree murder," she said. The fee applies when someone is directly or indirectly involved in drug activities that result in an overdose.
Judge Peter Cahill said this was a "proper exercise of his fifth amendment rights" in all cases, except for his observations in the passenger seat of the car Floyd was in just before officers arrested him. Cousins even said Hall is on potential third degree murder charges for sitting in that car in close proximity to Floyd before drugs were found in his system. Cahill hasn't decided whether Hall should testify, but ordered Chauvin's defense to ask possible questions until Thursday, the Times reported.
Most of Tuesday's trial day highlighted testimony from police experts and veterans analyzing Chauvin's use of violence on Floyd on the day of his death, May 25, 2020, near the Cup Foods store in Minneapolis.
Although the use of violence instructor and Minneapolis Police Commissioner Johnny Mercil testified that a person wearing a neck brace can be knocked out in less than 10 seconds, Floyd is said to remain chauvin ' nine minutes and 29 seconds. However, Nelson showed Mercil a photo of Chauvin knelt on Floyd's shoulder area and asked if this appeared to be a neck support. "No," answered Mercil.
His response could prove to be an important part of Nelson's defense, as would the lieutenant's inclusion, which suspects sometimes say ""I can't breathe" as he tried to avoid arrest. When asked whether he had seen someone who became unconscious, "keep fighting after they have regained consciousness", Mercil replied: "I have not seen anyone fight." after a neck brace. "Mercil testified that too A photo from Chauvin's witness video of Floyd was not part of the department training.
Jody Stiger, an expert witness and sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department, testified that when Floyd stopped resisting the officers "he should have slowed down or stopped their forces". "My opinion was that the armed forces were inordinately high," said the sergeant, who had trained nearly 3,000 officers in the use of force.
Surveyor, LAPD Sgt. Jody Stiger testifies that Derek Chauvin's use of force against George Floyd was "excessive". pic.twitter.com/wmgRZvfDRv
– Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 6, 2021
Stiger also said on his testimony that it is fair to consider a fake $ 20 bill, the crime that Floyd has been charged with, a low-level crime. "Ordinarily, you wouldn't even expect to use any kind of violence," said Stiger.
Jody Stiger, a violence advisor with the LAPD, testifies that George Floyd's alleged use of a fake $ 20 bill was a lower-level crime that would warrant less violence
"Ordinarily, you wouldn't even expect to use any kind of violence," he says with a fake suspect pic.twitter.com/Pv00qzpC93
– CBS News (@CBSNews) April 6, 2021
Sgt. Ker Yang, the Minneapolis Police Department's Crisis Intervention Training Coordinator, said he trains officials on how to deal with people in a crisis or crisis "beyond a person's coping mechanism" to "bring them down again" according to the Star Tribune. "If it's safe and feasible, we'll escalate." he said.
Nelson appeared to be focused on how bystanders prevented officers from de-escalating the situation. He asked Nicole Mackenzie, the Minneapolis Police Medical Assistance Coordinator, if "In certain circumstances where there is a lot of noise or a lot of excitement," it would be easier to confuse agonal or distressed breathing with effective breathing. She replied, "Yes." Mackenzie also stated that just because a person is talking does not mean that they are breathing effectively.
Prosecutor Steve Schleicher asked her ifThe activities of a group of onlookers excuse a police officer from providing emergency medical assistance to a subject in need. "And Mackenzie replied," Only if they got involved physically, I would say. "
MN V. CHAUVIN: Medical Assistance Coordinator Nicole MacKenzie said nonviolent bystanders should not prevent an officer from providing assistance.
She also said the presence of excited delirium is difficult to predict.
WATCH LIVE – MN versus Derek Chauvin https://t.co/bis122QdFc pic.twitter.com/EWC79Z6rpx
– Court TV (@CourtTV) April 6, 2021
View social media posts below with reactions to the trial:
I have never seen so many cops testify against another cop as I did in this Derek chauvin trial.
– Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 6, 2021
A note on Chauvin's defense attorney's strategy: If an officer feels like he is suffocating someone, he shouldn't be a cop. Almost every police officer I know was referred to by name at some point in the process. Nobody has ever killed anyone.
– Joy-Ann Pro-Democracy & Masks Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 6, 2021
The defender keeps returning to the "crowd" as an apology for Chauvin killing Floyd. It was hardly a crowd.
This guy is so bad at his job.
– BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) April 6, 2021
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