The testimony came on day four of the trial of Derek Chauvin, who knelt at Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, including after paramedics arrived. Chauvin, so a Minneapolis cop is white, Floyd was black. Chauvin and three other officers involved in the incident were fired the day after Floyd died.
Paramedics Seth Bravinder and Derek Smith explained the steps they took in an attempt to revive Floyd who was unresponsive at the scene on May 25, 2020.
“Simply put, I thought he was dead,” Smith said. He said Floyd didn’t have a pulse. Bravinder said he gestured for Chauvin and the other officers to get off Floyd so they could put him on a stretcher. Floyd was “soft,” Bravinder said.
The two paramedics, aided by one of the officers, administered chest compressions, medication and attempted to resuscitate Floyd in the ambulance while he was in “cardiac arrest,” the paramedics testified, meaning that ‘he had no heartbeat.
“He was a human being and I was trying to give him a second chance at life,” Smith said.
How Floyd died is a central issue in the lawsuit. The prosecution alleges that it is because of the pressure exerted by Chauvin on his neck, the defense should argue that the drugs in Floyd’s system and a pre-existing medical condition played a role. The video of Chauvin kneeling on the next Floyd has been widely seen and has sparked global protests against police brutality.
Courteney Ross, Floyd’s girlfriend was the first person to personally know Floyd to testify in the murder trial.
She smiled through tears as she recounted how they first met when he offered to pray with her, less than three years before her fatal arrest, and described how they had both battled opioid addiction. .
“This is one of my favorite stories to tell,” said Ross, smiling at the jury, when a prosecutor asked her how she first met Floyd in August 2017, at a homeless shelter in Salvation Army, where he worked as a security guard.
“It’s a classic story of how many people are addicted to opioids,” Ross, who wore a heart-shaped pin on his black jacket, told the jury. “We both suffered from chronic pain: mine was on my neck, his was on his back.
The day they met, she was waiting in the lobby to see her son’s father, tired after closing the cafe where she worked. Floyd approached her.
“Floyd has that big, deep, southern, husky voice,” she said, “and he was, like, ‘Sis’, are you okay, sis’?”
He felt that she felt alone and offered to pray with her.
“It was so sweet,” she said, dabbing a handkerchief over her eyes. “At the time, I had lost a lot of faith in God.”
They had their first kiss in the lobby that night and, but for an occasional break after a romantic feud, they were together until her death, she said.
They took walks in the parks and around the lakes of Minneapolis, which was still new to the Texas-raised Floyd, and ate a lot: “He was a great man,” she said, describing his weightlifting. daily, “and it took a lot of energy to keep it going.” She said he adored his mother, who died in 2018, and her two young daughters.
Sometimes they would take prescribed pain relievers. At other times, they obtained opioids illegally. Sometimes they’ve shaken off the habit, sometimes they’ve relapsed.
“Drug addiction, in my opinion, is a struggle of a lifetime,” she said. “It’s not something that comes and goes, it’s something I’ll deal with forever.”
Chauvin ‘lead attorney Eric Nelson asked Ross many questions in cross-examination about how the couple got their meds and about an episode where Floyd went to a hospital emergency room for it. which turned out to be a non-fatal overdose.
Asked by Nelson, Ross also revealed that Floyd’s household name for her on her phone was ‘Mama’ – testimony that called into question the widely reported account that Floyd was screaming for his mother as he was pinned to the sidewalk. .
In some videos, Floyd can be heard shouting “Mama!” over and over and saying, “Mom, I love you! … Tell my children that I love them.
Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter. In a central trial dispute, his attorneys argued that Floyd’s death, deemed homicidal by police, was actually an overdose caused by the fentanyl found in his blood during the autopsy.
Prosecutors for the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office told the jury they would hear evidence to contradict this, including Ross’s testimony about his drug tolerance, and that Floyd’s drug use is unrelated to the charges. against Chauvin.