Derek Chauvin's supervisor said he should've stopped using force on George Floyd, and other day four takeaways

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A sketch of Chauvin in the courtroom. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg
  • Day four of Derek Chauvin's trial featured emotional testimony from George Floyd's girlfriend.

  • The jury also heard from paramedics who said Chauvin wouldn't get off Floyd as they took his pulse.

  • Chauvin's supervisor testified he should have gotten up once Floyd was handcuffed and restrained.

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Paramedic Derek Smith testified Thursday that when his team arrived at Cup Foods on May 25, 2020, George Floyd was unresponsive, on the ground, and then-Officer Derek Chauvin was on top of him.

Officers had not started providing medical aid to Floyd, and Chauvin remained in place even when Smith checked his pulse, he and his partner, Seth Z. Bravinder, told jurors on day four of Chauvin's trial.

"In lay terms, I thought he was dead," Smith said of Floyd's condition when he arrived. "In a living person, you should feel a pulse."

Smith was one of several first responders prosecutors called Thursday who were at the scene when Floyd died, after Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes.

The paramedics testified Floyd was no longer breathing on his own by the time he was taken into their ambulance. Despite their care, his pulse never returned.

Chauvin's supervisor said his use of force should've stopped when Floyd was handcuffed

Minneapolis Police Sgt. David Pleoger, who worked as Chauvin's supervisor and oversees use of force reports, testified that he viewed the body camera footage and believed Chauvin could have stopped his use of force on Floyd when he was handcuffed and on the ground.

He said he received a call from a 911 dispatcher on May 25. The dispatcher, who testified Monday, told Pleoger that she saw live footage of officers using force on a man outside Cup Foods.

In response, Pleoger called Chauvin to see what was happening. During that call, Chauvin told him they had tried to put Floyd in a cruiser but he became combative. Chauvin then told his supervisor that Floyd suffered a medical emergency during a struggle and an ambulance was called - not mentioning that he used force on Floyd while restraining him, Pleoger testified.

Pleoger went to the scene and asked Officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Keung to interview witnesses. He, Chauvin, and Officer Tou Thao went to Hennepin County Medical Center, where Floyd was pronounced dead. The incident then was deemed critical and Pleoger handed over the investigation to other administrators.

Courteney Ross, George Floyd's girlfriend
Courtney Ross broke down in tears testifying about her relationship with George Floyd. Court TV, pool

Floyd's girlfriend wept as she recounted their relationship

Courteney Ross reportedly made one man in the jury emotional as she told the court about her nearly three year relationship with Floyd.

They met when she was having a bad day at the Salvation Army location where Floyd worked, she said, and he approached her to see if she was OK.

When she said she wasn't OK, he asked if he could pray with her, Ross testified. As the night went on, he asked for her number and they began dating.

Ross told the court they both struggled with opioid use during their relationship and tried to overcome addiction together. Floyd's opioid use was spurred by an injury to his back, she said, while her struggles began with chronic pain in her neck.

Maurice Hall
Maurice Hall has invoked his 5th amendment right not to testify. Court TV pool

Floyd sometimes bought drugs from the people he was with the day he died

In March 2020, Floyd was hospitalized from a drug overdose for five days. Ross said they purchased pills that month that looked like pain killers, but gave them each a different kind of high - one that made Ross jittery instead of relaxed.

Then in May, about two weeks before Floyd's death, Ross said she realized he was acting different and assumed he'd started using drugs again.

Ross told the court she believed Floyd sometimes bought drugs from Morries Hall and Shawanda Hill, who were both with him in the car outside Cup Foods.

Investigators found fragments of pills in the car that tested positive for a mixture of methamphetamine and fentanyl. Those drugs were found in Floyd's system after his death.

Hall invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination on Wednesday and his attorney asked the prosecution to squash his subpoena to testify.

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