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George Floyd killing: “I Witnessed a Murder”: Witnesses’ Tears and Horror on second day of police officer’s trial

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“I believed I witnessed a murder,” said Donald Williams in a controversial interrogation in which he also acknowledged that he insulted the former police officers after the events

The second session of the trial against Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with the murder of the African American George Floyd in Minneapolis, has been starred by the testimonies of various people who witnessed the events. 

“I witnessed a murder,” said one of them.

This has been asserted by Donald Williams, whose testimony has opened the second day of the trial in Hennepin County to continue with the testimony that began the previous day.

Williams has pointed out that Chauvin’s scene on Floyd disturbed him, so he called 911, a call that defense attorney Eric Nelson has reproduced during his interrogation of the witness. In the call, Williams advises that a policeman “was trying to kill a citizen.

“I felt he was in danger,” Williams said in a controversial interrogation in which he also acknowledged that he insulted the former police officers after the events and in which he assured that Chauvin adjusted his position several times to maintain pressure on the neck of the deceased, reports CNN.

Minneapolis firefighter Genevieve Hansen, another witness, has pointed out that Floyd repeatedly asked to have his pulse checked, to which the police refused.

“I was desperate to help,” lamented the firefighter, who witnessed the events off duty and, although she tried to help, she could not do so because one of the former policemen denied her access. He wasn’t moving and he was cuffed, and three grown men putting all their weight on someone is too much,” she added.

Hansen, who recorded part of Floyd’s arrest and called 911 to report the events, has opposed the questioning of the defense on several occasions during the trial, in which he has come to question Chauvin’s lawyer. 

“I do not know if you have ever seen someone die in front of you, but it is very disturbing,” he assured.

Judge Peter Cahill has admonished the witness for this reason, who will continue with her testimony in the session on Wednesday.

In the second session, Darnella Frazier, the young minor, who recorded the video of the events that have traveled around the world, also gave her testimony. “There have been nights in which I stayed up apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not interacting physically and not saving his life,” she stressed.

“When I look at George Floyd, I look at my dad, I look at my brothers, I look at my cousins, my uncles, because they are all black,” she also had an impact, to add that she saw the deceased “terrified, scared, pleading for his life”.

Frazier, visibly moved, has also assured that she felt “in danger” because of Chauvin’s reactions to the shouts of passers-by asking her to stop.

In addition, on Tuesday two other students who were at the place where the arrest took place, with a total of six witnesses, have presented their testimony in a session in which they have coincided in the fear and horror of the events.

For his part, the defense attorney has criticized that the witnesses turned into a threatening crowd that distracted the officers, trying in this session to make them recognize that they were “angry.

Chauvin is charged with second degree murder, second degree manslaughter and third degree murder. If the twelve-person jury finds him guilty at trial, Chauvin could face a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, 25 years for third-degree murder and 10 for involuntary manslaughter.

Chauvin was expelled from the Police Corps shortly thereafter and released on bail after being charged with murder and ill-treatment. Three other officers face charges of complicity in committing the alleged crime. All of them will be tried in August.

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