Defense expert: Cause of Floyd’s death should be “undetermined”

Pool David Fowler, a retired forensic pathologist, said he thinks George Floyd died due to a number of factors: “So in my opinion, Mr. Floyd had a sudden cardiac arrhythmia or cardiac arrhythmia due to his atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease … during his restraint and subdual by the police,” said Fowler, former chief medical examiner at the Maryland … Read more

Here’s what we know about the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial

It is day 13 of testimony in the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged in the death of George Floyd. The defense’s portion of the trial will continue today. If you’re just reading in, here’s a recap of what happened yesterday in court: Retired Minneapolis Police officer: The defense’s … Read more

Cardiologist: George Floyd “did not die from a drug overdose”

Cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Rich testifies on Monday, April 12.  Pool Dr. Jonathan Rich, a cardiologist who testified that George Floyd died from low oxygen levels induced by positional asphyxia, said he ruled out other possible causes of death during his analysis — including a “primary heart event” or a drug overdose. By primary heart event, Rich … Read more

Bystander video shows “the moment the life goes out” of Floyd’s body, pulmonary expert says

Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonary expert, testified that George Floyd’s final moments of his life can be seen in the bystander video of the May 25, 2020 incident. While reviewing the video in court in front of jurors, Tobin said, “At the beginning you can see he’s conscious. You can see slight flickering. And then it disappears.” “So … Read more

Pulmonary expert: Floyd was “trying to breathe with his fingers and knuckles” while Chauvin held him down

This series of still images from body worn camera footage were show to Dr. Martin Tobin during his testimony. Tobin noted the significance of an image where you see Floyd reaching out with his knuckles pressed against the tires of the squad car while Chauvin is on top of him. Pool Dr. Martin Tobin, a … Read more

Police lieutenant: Officers told “to stay away from the neck” when trying to control a suspect

Defense attorney Eric Nelson Pool Defense attorney Eric Nelson is now cross-examining Minneapolis Police Department Sgt. Ker Yang. Yang serves as the department’s crisis intervention training coordinator. The defense asked Yang what potential signs of aggression they train officers to watch for during a situation. Citing a training document, Yang said these signs could be … Read more

Derek Chauvin is on trial for George Floyd’s death: Live coverage

It is day seven of testimony in the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged in the death of George Floyd. Here’s what they said in court yesterday: Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo thoroughly rejected Chauvin’s actions during the arrest of Floyd last May as contrary to department policy. “Once … Read more

Derek Chauvin is on trial for George Floyd’s death: Live coverage

Defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, and defendant former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listen to witness testimony in the trial of Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Court TV/Pool/AP The trial of former officer Derek Chauvin will resume Thursday at 9:15 a.m. local time. Yesterday, jurors heard testimony from witnesses, and they … Read more

Footage from Derek Chauvin’s body cam includes him defending his actions. Here’s what he said.

Pool Video played in court Wednesday includes the first publicly heard defense of Derek Chauvin’s actions, in his own words.  Prosecution witness Charles McMillian testified he confronted the then-Minneapolis police officer shortly after George Floyd was taken away in an ambulance, and told him “I don’t respect what you did.”   On the video from Chauvin’s … Read more