The defense in the Derek Chauvin trial opened its case on April 13 with testimonies from former police officers as prosecutors rested their case after 11 days.
Defense lawyer Eric Nelson called former Minneapolis Police Officer Scott Creighton, who arrested Floyd on May 6, 2019, as his first witness in an attempt to show that George Floyd had a history of not cooperating with police while under the influence of drugs.
Body camera footage showed Floyd pleading to the police not to shoot him as Creighton and other officers gave contradictory orders during the arrest — one officer ordered Floyd to put his hands on his head while the other ordered him to put them on the dashboard.
“You’re not going to get beat up or nothing if you’re just going to do what we’re asking you to do,” Creighton told Floyd as shown in the footage.
The footage also appeared to show Floyd swallowing pills before his arrest.
Judge Peter Cahill permitted the testimony and the video because it provided medical evidence of Floyd taking pills when stopped by the police.
However, the judge warned the jury not to use the evidence to judge Floyd’s character.
Barry Brodd, a use of force expert and former officer in Santa Rosa, California, also testified that Chauvin’s interactions with Floyd last May 25, which led to Floyd’s death, were “objectively reasonable” because of Floyd’s suspected drug use.
According to Brodd, Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground with Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck was “not a use of force” and was for “safety reasons.”
Brodd, however, agreed that a supposed threat from onlookers did not justify Chauvin, a white man, maintaining the level of force he used against Floyd, a Black man.
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