George Floyd's friends watched him getting arrested: 'They got to fight him, that's f**king resistance man'

Derek Chauvin faces second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter


                            George Floyd's friends watched him getting arrested: 'They got to fight him, that's f**king resistance man'
Derek Chauvin's attorney pointed out that drug use and possible carbon monoxide poisoning contributed to George Floyd's death (Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA: Ahead of closing arguments in Derek Chauvin's trial, the jury was shown new footage of George Floyd's friends watching his fatal arrest on May 25, 2020.

The video that was presented in the court recently was recorded by a bodycam worn by Minneapolis Park Police Officer Peter Chang, who arrived on the scene after Chauvin and fellow cops had already confronted Floyd.

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Will the footage prove to be a crucial factor in the case? For the first time, the jury was privy to the reaction of Floyd's friends, Morries Hall and Shawanda Hill, who were with him on the day, Daily Mail reported. While Hill can be heard saying: "Damn he still won't get into the car. Just sit down man!...they got to fight him," Hall yelled: "That's f**king resistance man."

As Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for nine minutes, Chang asked the friends to "stay put." "Don't you hear your friend talking and yelling over there?" the officer asked before he told them: "Stay put guys. I don't want to be involved in that."

With Chauvin's trial on, police departments are more or less prepared for statewide protests. The National Guard troops have been deployed and are working alongside state and city police officers.

In this handout provided by Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin poses for a mugshot after being charged in the death of George Floyd (Getty Images)

"Closing arguments incoming for the Derek Chauvin Trial this week. The NBA, NYPD and Minneapolis PD “will” be prepared for protests and demonstrations pending the upcoming verdict," one user wrote, another tweeted: "Closing arguments will take place in the Derek Chauvin trial today. Jury will be sequestered later to deliberate. Minneapolis preparing for crowds and protests once verdict is announced."

"How many actually believe that Derek Chauvin is going to be found innocent? Anyone that votes to acquit will be outed by the MSM and terrorized. The man can not get a fair trial. The judge screwed over Chauvin's rights for ten minutes of fame," one posted.



 



 



 

Based on video footage, multiple eyewitness accounts, and medical reports, Chauvin's been slapped with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Given the charges, it's only anyone's guess how the court proceedings will turn out.

Meanwhile, Chauvin's attorney Eric Nelson has put in considerable efforts to raise doubts among jurors. In his argument, Nelson pointed out that a history of drug use and possible carbon monoxide poisoning contributed to Floyd's death.

Before the jurors left for the weekend, they were asked to be prepared for a "lengthy deliberation."

"If I were you, I would plan for long and hope for short," Judge Peter Cahill said. "Basically, it's up to the jury how long you deliberate, how long you need to come to a unanimous decision on any count."

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