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For the first time, Shawanda Hill took the stand. She was in the SUV with George Floyd the day he died (1:19) WCCO 4 News At 5 - April 13, 2021
- We are streaming the entire Chauvin trial live on CBSN Minnesota. And Jason Derusha is leading that coverage. He joins us now with today's takeaways. Hi there, Jason.
JASON DERUSHA: Esme-- Esme told us a lot about what happened in court, Amelia. But I want to talk about Shawanda Hill, because we heard from her for the first time in court today. In body camera video, she said she was an ex of George Floyd. She was in the SUV with him. She testified that she ran into him in the Cup Foods. He was going to give her a ride home.
And she said Floyd fell asleep in the car. That's a key point to the defense. They are arguing that sleepiness is indicative that he was showing signs of an overdose.
Now to Barry Brod-- at first, he came across very definitive for the defense. He said the whole thing was justified, Chauvin was rightly concerned about the people in the area. But on cross-examination, our legal expert Joe Tamborino states that Steve Schleicher really boxed him in on the issue of unjustified force.
A key point about one hour ago-- Brod was trying to argue that George Floyd was resisting while he was on the ground, saying a compliant person would be resting comfortably. And Schleicher responded incredulously, did you say resting comfortably on the pavement, that listing-- lifting-- your shoulder up trying to breathe is resisting? That was a big moment, Amelia.
- All right, thank you, Jason.