Chauvin trial witness Charles McMillian, who spoke with George Floyd before he was killed, breaks down in tears after watching video of Floyd calling out for his mother and saying that he can’t breathe. pic.twitter.com/WCLu9KmH3K
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A witness in former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial broke down in tears after watching video footage of George Floyd’s death in court on Wednesday.
Witness Charles McMillian, 61, was testifying on the stand when he broke down in tears.
McMillian said he was trying to “make the situation easier” by telling Floyd to comply with officers and get in the cruiser. Floyd was responding directly to him, saying he’s “not a bad guy” and that he’s claustrophobic.
As the video of the interaction played, McMillian began to sob on the stand.
The court took a 10-minute break when McMillian broke down and started to say he could relate to Floyd because he also lost his mother.
After the break, McMillian returned to the stand.
McMillian testified he was walking by Cup Foods when he came across the scene. McMillian walked closer, he said in court, because he’s “nosy.”
The prosecution played a video of the scene, where McMillian can be seen talking to Floyd as officers tried to place him in the back of a cruiser. McMillian was calling out to Floyd, “you can’t win” and urging him to cooperate.
Floyd continued to call out for his “mama” and beg officers to put him anywhere but in the back of the cruiser.
McMillian testified that he spoke with Floyd because he had previous interactions with officers and knew that it’s better to listen to them.
He said that he became more concerned about Floyd as Chauvin continued to kneel on his neck.
“When the paramedics arrived for Mr. Floyd, I knew in my mind, in my instinct, that it was over for Mr. Floyd,” he said. “He was dead.”
Floyd died on May 25, 2020 after Chauvin knelt on his neck for about nine minutes during an arrest.
Wednesday was the third day of testimony in Chauvin’s murder trial.