Legal arguments over whether friend of Floyd will testify
The jury is not in court yet. The judge is debating with lawyers whether Morries Hall, a friend of George Floyd’s, should testify.
Here’s a quick report from a local CBS station:
Before the jury comes in today, the judge is hearing motions about the testimony of George Floyd’s friend, Morries Hall.
Hall was with Floyd when he was arrested, and the defense has asked several questions about Hall potentially selling opiates to Floyd.
Last week Hall pleaded the fifth, saying he will not testify in the trial. The Fifth Amendment allows someone the right not to self-incriminate.
Trial of Derek Chauvin charged with murder of George Floyd
Hello Guardian live blog readers, it’s Day 7 of testimony in the historic trial in Minneapolis of white former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murdering George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man last May.
As the state of Minnesota has allowed an unprecedented televising and live-streaming of proceedings, because of severe restrictions in court to prevent the spread of coronavirus, we’ll be bringing you that livestream at the top of this blog from 10am ET/3pm BST.
But we’ll also be blogging the top lines in “real time”, or as close as we can, with selected analysis, relevant social media and other commentary.
For regular readers of our inimitable US politics live blog, that is continuing as usual, separately, with our Joan Greve at the helm. You can follow that here.
In Minneapolis today there will be plenty of interesting testimony so do tune in.
- The prosecution will get to the meat this morning of Inspector Katie Blackwell, who until January of this year was the commander of the training program for Minneapolis police officers. She was on the stand for about 90 minutes yesterday and has not yet directly addressed the events of May 25, 2020, when George Floyd was killed during his arrest by Derek Chauvin and three other officers.
- We found out yesterday that Blackwell and Chauvin were community officers together, so they go way back in his 19-year career with the department before being fired a day after Floyd’s death.
- Blackwell now runs the Minneapolis Police Department’s Fifth Precinct.
- Prosecutors have now wheeled out a procession of police officers to testify against Chauvin and undermine his defense arguments about his actions on May 25 when he knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes while he was handcuffed and pinned face down on the street.
- Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo gave understated but powerful testimony yesterday that sought to paint Chauvin as not only stepping outside written policy in restraining Floyd the way he did and in not rendering first aid when Floyd was fading, but also going against the values and principles of the department – trying to focus on the idea that Chauvin alone is on trial, not the department or policing and societal racism in America more widely.
- At least one other officer is expected to follow Blackwell onto the stand, to talk about the department’s crisis intervention program for officers.
- Derek Chauvin is charged with second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. He denies all the charges.