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Updated: April 01, 2021 02:16 PM
Created: April 01, 2021 10:32 AM
(KSTP) - Testimony continues Thursday morning in the ongoing trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
Wednesday was another emotional day in court with witnesses again detailing the day they watched George Floyd die.
Witnesses included a store clerk who said he regrets taking a fake bill from Floyd, which resulted in the police call, and a passerby who broke down in court while explaining how he wanted to help Floyd.
In just the first three days of testimony, the state has introduced roughly a dozen pieces of video from May 25 of last year.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS talked to a legal expert about the prosecution's case. She explained the potential impact of this video evidence.
"It's really important for individuals, not just the jurors, but frankly everyone who is watching this trial," Erica MacDonald, former U.S. attorney for Minnesota, said. "But whether it's on the device or on in their family room, to see those videos can have a devastating impact on someone's mental health and wellbeing."
MacDonald added those observing are "mak(ing) the decision for themselves how much weight to give it, what weight to give it, if any, and how it blends with the other evidence in determining guilt or not guilt."
For the first time in court, jurors saw body camera video from Chauvin and the other three former officers.
For one witness at the scene last May, watching video in court of Floyd's final moments was overwhelming and he broke down in court. The judge then called for a brief break.
The jury also got to see new video from inside Cup Foods before police were called that day.
Christopher Martin, 19, took the stand. The former clerk testified Floyd had been in the store sometime before buying food and then came to him to purchase cigarettes.
Martin said he didn't think the bill used was real because of the color but didn't stop the transaction, saying he was trying to help Floyd out and cover the costs.
When Martin told his manager about the bill, the manager made Martin go outside and try to bring Floyd back inside, twice.
Soon after, a call to the police was made.
Prosecutors then showed the jury video of police pinning Floyd to the ground, a scene that Martin saw in person.
When asked what was going through his mind at the time, Martin said, "Disbelief and guilt," adding, "If I had not taken the bill it could have been avoided."
The judge also called another break on Wednesday in the middle of testimony from a witness. A juror actually raised their hand and requested that break.
Testimony will continue at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
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