Takeaways As Testimony Begins In The Derek Chauvin Trial

WCCO's Jason DeRusha is watching all of the trial for our comprehensive coverage on CBSN Minnesota (2:24). WCCO 4 News At 5 - March 29, 2021

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- Taken great care to make sure you are never on camera.

- For the first time in Minnesota, cameras are in the courtroom for a criminal trial. And while you won't see the jurors, you will see the judge, prosecutors, defense, and witnesses. It's a close up look at the Minnesota justice system that we haven't seen before.

- And WCCO's Jason DeRusha is watching all of it for a comprehensive trial coverage on CBS in Minnesota. And he joins us now. Hi, there, Jason.

JASON DERUSHA: Man, [INAUDIBLE] and Frank, I'm sure you guys feel the same way. This is something else to witness, isn't it? The world was watching as opening statements were shown live not only here in the US but everywhere. Jerry Blackwell using a timeline in his opening statement, showing video.

That video the main thing prosecutors want jurors to think about those 9 plus minutes as they talked about. Eric Nelson telling the story on behalf of Derek Chauvin that the video is only part of the story. Tens of thousands of pieces of evidence.

We saw an extremely confident and comfortable witness. Aren't you glad that [INAUDIBLE] is there when you call 911 as a dispatcher? We saw a witness who is struggling to remember the details of what happened that night. The stress of this moment you felt for her sitting on the stand. And then the wrestler, the MAA expert who knows chokeholds and witnessed police take down George Floyd.

We get to put ourselves in the jurors seats. So many of us became experts today, right? Why are they asking so many questions? Why did they spend two hours with a 911 dispatcher?

It is because of COVID that judge Cahill required the live streaming of the trial. But we haven't seen the worst fears of those who speak out against the idea of cameras in the court. Far from showboating, our legal analyst Joe Tamburino told me he was surprised with how dull the early testimony was, how long they went on, how little theater there was. But perhaps that at this point is for the best as the evidence will do the talking. And we all get a chance to watch it. It's pretty amazing, guys.

- Yeah, it really is. And I'm glad that we do have Joe Tamburino, the legal analyst, for him to tell us why maybe they did things that way because we're thinking like the jurors, too, and wondering why didn't they start off with a family witness or something?

JASON DERUSHA: Right, why not the emotional get to know George Floyd evidence that maybe we expected?

- All right, thank you, Jason.

- We'll see you tomorrow, Jason. Thanks. Our all day coverage of the trial with team coverage and analysis will continue tomorrow on CBS in Minnesota.