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Derek Chauvin Trial, Day 3

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In day 3 of the Derek Chauvin trial, we saw new video of the now-former officer giving his version of the deadly encounter with George Floyd to an upset bystander – who became emotional on the witness stand, report Esme Murphy and Jason DeRusha (4:39). WCCO 4 News At 5 - March 31, 2021

Video Transcript

FRANK VASCELLARO: Amelia has the evening off. In day three of the Derek Chauvin trial, a witness who tried to urge George Floyd to comply with police broke down on the stand, sobbing, "Oh my god." Also for the first time, we heard officer Derek Chauvin give his version of an encounter to a bystander. Charles McMillian was one of five people to testify today. We also heard from a young man who worked at Cup Foods and sold George Floyd a pack of cigarettes. He questioned the $20 bill that Floyd used to make that purchase. We have team coverage for you again this evening. We want to begin with Esme Murphy outside of the courthouse. Esme?

ESME MURPHY: Well, Frank, more raw emotion in court today, as more body camera videos were played. One witness breaking down in anguish. 61-year-old Charles McMillian can be seen and heard on police body and surveillance cameras yelling at George Floyd, who was in the squad car, to comply with police. McMillian shouting to Floyd, "You can't win."

CHARLES MCMILLIAN: You can't win, my man. You can't win.

- Did you feel like he was hearing you and understanding what you were saying?

CHARLES MCMILLIAN: Yes ma'am.

ESME MURPHY: Then prosecutors played dramatic bodycam video of Floyd being hauled out of the car.

GEORGE FLOYD: Mama. Mama.

ESME MURPHY: At that point, McMillian, on the stand, was overcome.

CHARLES MCMILLIAN: Oh my god.

ESME MURPHY: Bodycam and surveillance video shows after the encounter was over, McMillian shouted at Officer Chauvin as he got into his car. Audio from inside the squad captures Chauvin's explanation, as McMillan continued to shout at him.

DEREK CHAUVIN: That's one person's opinion. We gotta control this guy because he's a sizable guy, looks like he's probably on something.

ESME MURPHY: For the first time, we also saw video inside the convenience store where George Floyd used a counterfeit $20 bill. The surveillance video showed Floyd in the store for just over 10 minutes. The young store clerk, seeing Floyd muscular frame, asked him if he played baseball. Floyd replied he had played football, but his answer was slow.

CHRISTOPHER MARTIN: Kind of took him a little long to get through what he's trying to say. So it would appear that he was high.

ESME MURPHY: Now 19, Christopher Martin described how Floyd went to the front of the store and bought cigarettes with a $20 bill that looked different.

CHRISTOPHER MARTIN: When I saw the bill, I noticed that it had a blue pigment to it. Kind of how a $100 bill will have. And I found that odd. So I assumed that it was fake.

ESME MURPHY: Now, the trial had to take an unexpected break this morning when one of the jurors briefly got sick. Under questioning from the judge, the juror explained that she has had trouble sleeping since she's been on this jury. It's a reminder that there are only two alternates on this jury. And this is just the first week of the trial. She was able to continue for the rest of the day.

FRANK VASCELLARO: OK, Esme, thank you. Well, many of you are watching this trial live on CBSN Minnesota, our digital streaming site. Our Jason DeRusha is leading that coverage, helping provide context and analysis during the breaks. And Jason joins us now with some key takeaways from today's testimony. Jason?

JASON DERUSHA: So much intense video today, Frank. And in different ways, as we saw in Esme's story for the first time. We saw all that went on inside Cup Foods. And for the last hour, we've been watching each officer's body-worn video cameras in their entirety, other than a Derek Chauvin's camera. Inside Cup Foods, your heart breaks for that teenage cashier, right? Who gets sent outside twice by his manager to try to get George Floyd to come back into the store and make good on that fake $20 bill.

Charles McMillian, a witness who saw this whole thing from start to finish, had some unique vantage points on it. Our legal expert, Joe Tamburino, said he wondered why the state put someone on the stand who appeared to be telling Floyd to go along with officers. Very emotional there, as well. And then a Minneapolis police lieutenant who's in charge of technology and cameras. Not directly connected to the case, he was there to introduce this body-worn camera video.

Even though the three other officers will not be testifying in this trial, they have a right against incriminating themselves. Their words from the scene are now in evidence because of the recordings. So they are essentially testifying to some of these comments that we've seen reported quite widely. You know, whether one officer said should we take a pulse? Did you take the pulse? Should we roll him over? All of that is in evidence. And now we're certainly going to see those portions again, Frank, as we see other medical experts come forward and other use of force experts. All of this video will come back, time and time again.

FRANK VASCELLARO: Yeah, it will. Jason, thank you.