Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s defense lawyers played video of George Floyd frantically admitting he “ate too many drugs,” while he was being detained.
The video clip was shown during the cross-examination of Los Angeles Police Sgt. Jody Stiger, a witness for the state, who said on the stand that “no force should have been used” on George Floyd.
Attorney for Chauvin Eric J. Nelson added that George Floyd was saying “I can’t breathe,” while he was resisting being put into the police car — well before Chauvin’s knee was anywhere near him.
“If somebody is saying, ‘I can’t breathe,’ and they’re passing out and they’re not resisting, that’s one form of an analysis, right, because the actions of the suspect are consistent with the verbal utterances he’s making, right?” Nelson asked.
“Other times and in this particular case, when Mr. Floyd was initially saying that he couldn’t breathe, he was actively resisting arrest initially when he was in the back seat of the vehicle, right?” Nelson continued.
Nelson explained that the police officers had to change their tactic “when the futility of the three officers continuing their efforts forcibly to seat Floyd in the squad’s back seat became clear.”
The defense also played the clip of George Floyd admitting to ‘eating too many drugs.’ He added that the rowdy scene caused “a heightened sense of awareness” for the police officers.
When he was asked if he could make out what George Floyd was saying in the video, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Jody Stiger said that he could not.
Nelson responded that “in the chaos of a situation, things can be missed.”