The state called her to testify and she explained to the jury how she watched Mr. Floyd’s arrest unfold on a video feed from city security cameras.
A group of three officers struggled to get Mr. Floyd into a squad car, and Ms. Scurry described how she saw the vehicle roll back and forth amid all the effort, before the scuffle broke out. moves to the ground behind the car.
At first Ms Scurry said she believed the video froze because officers stood on top of Mr Floyd for minutes as she recorded and output the video while handling other calls.
“They were always on the ground. This whole situation was always the same, ”she said. “I first asked if the screens had frozen because they hadn’t changed,” she added.As she continued to watch the video, she started to worry that something was wrong.
“My instinct was telling me that something is wrong, that something is wrong. I don’t know what, but something was wrong, ”she said. “It was an extended period of time.”
This led to her making the unusual decision to call a police sergeant and let them know what was going on.
“Call me a snitch if you like,” he can be heard saying on a recording of the call, before describing to the supervising officer how “they all sat on this man”.
“She called the police on the police,” Jerry W Blackwell said.
In its early days, the trial revolved around two key themes: whether the force used in Mr. Floyd’s arrest on May 25 was reasonable and whether that was what caused his death. .
The state argued in its opening statement that it recognizes that policing is difficult and that officers are often tasked with making split-second, life or death decisions, but Mr. Chauvin went overboard kneeling on the neck of an unarmed man for over nine minutes. Mr. Chauvin, they said, had “betrayed this badge” by doing so.
“You are going to learn a lot about what it means to be a public servant and to have the honor of wearing this badge,” prosecutor Jerry W Blackwell told the court. “It’s a little badge that carries great responsibility and great responsibility to the public.”
Mr Chauvin’s defense, meanwhile, argued the arrest was far more complicated – and confrontational – than the nine minutes of video that was widely shared after the incident.
“There is no political or social cause in this courtroom,” lawyer Eric Nelson told the court. “But the evidence far exceeds 9 minutes and 29 seconds.”
Instead, he suggested that Mr Floyd had refused repeated orders from the officers, who were physically struggling to stop him, and that the drugs in his system and the underlying health issues ultimately caused his death. .