(CNN) — Prosecutors asked jurors in the opening statements of Derek Chauvin’s criminal trial to “believe what they see.” Until now, the Prosecutor’s Office has given them a lot to see in the eyes of the jury.
In the first week of the trial, jurors were shown surveillance footage inside and outside the Cup Foods store; Cellphone footage of a passerby showing the initial arrest of George Floyd and Chauvin kneeling over Floyd. And body camera videos of all four officers at the scene, including Chauvin’s misleading and defensive statements after Floyd left in an ambulance.
Together, the videos provide a 360-degree view of the last day Floyd was alive, May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis.
As we enter the second week of the trial, here’s a look at each of the many perspectives and angles that help tell her story before, during, and after her death under Chauvin’s knees.
What happened at the Cup Foods store before George Floyd’s death
On Wednesday, a never-before-seen video presented in court shows Floyd standing upright and speaking inside the Cup Foods corner store on May 25.
Christopher Martin, a 19-year-old Cup Foods cashier, testified that Floyd was slow to respond to questions and appeared to be drugged when he entered the store that day. Surveillance video inside the store shows Floyd moving around, playing with the items in his pockets, and casually interacting with other customers and employees.
«He seemed very friendly, approachable. He talked a lot, ”Martin said. “He seemed to be having an average holiday, just living his life. But he seemed to be drugged.
Floyd later bought a pack of cigarettes with a $ 20 bill that Martin believed was a fake because of its blue color and texture. After examining the bill closely, Martin told his manager, who twice told Martin and other employees to go to Floyd’s vehicle and bring it back to the store to solve the problem.
When Floyd failed to do so, the manager told an employee to call the police, a fateful call that ultimately ended with Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck.
Martin said in court that he felt “disbelief and guilt” learning that their interaction led to Floyd’s death.
“If I just hadn’t accepted the ticket, this could have been prevented,” he said.
The arrest of George Floyd
Minneapolis Police were called to the scene and Officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng went to Floyd’s vehicle to investigate.
This sequence of events was captured on surveillance video from the Dragon Wok restaurant, across the street, from the body camera images of the agents, released for the first time last August, and from the video taken by passerby Christopher Belfrey.
On the driver’s side of the vehicle, Lane quickly pulled out his firearm, pulled Floyd, and handcuffed him. The two officers sat Floyd on the sidewalk and then tried to carry him to the back of their cruiser, sparking a fight with police.
From the beginning of their interaction, Floyd seems frantic and scared. “Please don’t shoot me,” she says, crying during the arrest.
Officers accuse Floyd of acting “fiery” and “erratic,” the video shows. “I’m claustrophobic,” Floyd says in response.
Belfrey, parked behind Floyd’s vehicle, took a video on a cell phone showing officers pulling Floyd out of the car and handcuffing him. Belfrey testified that he moved his car across the street to take more videos of the arrest, but ultimately decided to leave the area.
‘I didn’t know exactly what was going on; I just didn’t want to be in the middle of all the commotion, ”said Belfrey.
Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck
The 9 minutes and 29 seconds of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck were captured by multiple videos from bystanders, surveillance video from across the street, and video from outside the Cup Foods store.
The scorching images of viewers that first went viral last May were played for jurors during opening statements.
The teenager who took that video, Darnella Frazier, testified Tuesday that she arrived on the scene while going to Cup Foods with her cousin. She was identified only by name in court, but has been recognized internationally for her decision to record and share the incident.
“I took out my phone, I recorded, I captured what I was seeing,” he testified. “I heard George Floyd say, ‘I can’t breathe, please get off me. ‘I can’t breathe’ and she cried for her mother. I had pain. He seemed to know that it was all over for him.
Several other bystanders also took video of what they were watching, including another high school student, an off-duty firefighter and an employee at the Speedway across the street.
“I knew something was wrong, so I started recording,” said an 18-year-old high school student.
“Witness memories will never be as good as video,” firefighter Genevieve Hansen said of her decision to start filming.
Finally, at the end of Wednesday’s testimony, the body camera images of the four officers at the scene – Chauvin, Lane, Kueng and Tou Thao – were played in court for the jury. The only body camera showing very little is Chauvin’s, as hers fell under the patrol car during the arrest.
Most of that body camera video had already been released to the public, but its raw power to those in court was still evident. After a clip recorded by Charles McMillian, a 61-year-old witness, which included Floyd calling his mother, was played, McMillian burst into tears on the stand, leading to a short break.
“I feel powerless,” he said. «I don’t have a mother either. I get it”.
Derek Chauvin’s reaction
Still, some of the body camera images reproduced in court had not been seen or heard previously and show Chauvin’s defensive and misleading statements immediately afterward.
This includes a video from Chauvin’s body camera that captured audio of him explaining his perspective on why he knelt on Floyd for so long.
“That’s one person’s opinion,” Chauvin responded to McMillian, who confronted Chauvin about his actions. “We had to control this guy because he’s a sizeable guy. Looks like he’s probably onto something.
Other images captured the audio of Chauvin offering his perspective in a phone call with his supervisor, Sergeant David Pleoger.
“I was just going to call for you to come to our scene here,” Chauvin said on the call. “We only had to hold one guy. He was freaking out. Did not […] I was not going to the back of the patrol.
The video then ends. In the rest of the phone call, Chauvin said they had tried to put Floyd in the car, he became combative and then, after a fight, he had a medical emergency, Pleoger testified. Chauvin did not mention that he used his knee on Floyd’s neck and back, Pleoger said.
Pleoger then drove to the scene and advised officers to speak to witnesses. “We can try, but they are all quite hostile,” Chauvin replied, according to body camera video from the scene.
Comments that he “had to” hold Floyd are contradicted by the many videos showing Chauvin kneeling over Floyd in handcuffs long after he passed out. Prosecutors said he knelt over Floyd for a total of 9 minutes and 29 seconds, including 3 minutes and 51 seconds during which Floyd did not respond.