George Floyd’s girlfriend testified about their struggle with drug addiction as the murder trial against former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin continues on its fourth day.
Courtney Ross, who dated Floyd for about three years, said that they had both been clean after he was hospitalized from an overdose in March 2020. However, she said she began to think that he had started using opioids again when she noticed a change in his behavior two weeks before his arrest by Chauvin last May.
“We got addicted and we both tried to break that addiction many times,” Ross told the court on April 1.
“When you know someone who suffers from any type of addiction, you can start to kind of see changes when they’re using again,” Ross also said.
Ross said that in March 2020, Floyd was hospitalized after taking a new pill that appeared to be more stimulating. She said that he complained of stomach pain and had a white substance around his mouth.
During the arrest, Floyd complained of stomach pain and had white foam around his mouth.
According to the state medical examiner’s report, Floyd had opioid fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system during his death. However, the report did not list the drugs as a cause of his death.
Floyd’s family lawyers Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci issued a statement after Ross’ testimony, calling the focus on Floyd’s addiction as “the go-to tactic when the facts are not on your side.”
“We are confident that the jury will see past that to arrive at the truth — that George Floyd would have lived to see another day if Derek Chauvin hadn’t brutally ended his life in front of a crowd of witnesses pleading for his life,” the statement read.