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Witness Breaks Down In Tears Watching Video Of George Floyd Struggling With Officers In Squad Car

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CBS4's Michael George has more from day three of the Derek Chauvin trial.

Video Transcript


- Now at 6:00, day three of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. And the prosecution today played some never-before-seen body camera video from the day that George Floyd died. CBS 4's [? Michael ?] [? George ?] reports from Minneapolis.


- Please, take your time.

MICHAEL GEORGE: An emotional moment in court as witness Charles McMillan broke down in tears after seeing the video of officers forcing George Floyd into a squad car.

CHARLES MCMILLIAN: How do you handle this? (SOBBING) I don't have a [INAUDIBLE], and I just stand [? him ?]

MICHAEL GEORGE: McMillian came upon the scene last May and pleaded with George to comply with police. The court took a recess so he could compose himself. Prosecutors also played new video for the jury captured inside a neighborhood store, where Floyd was accused of giving cashier Christopher Martin a counterfeit $20 bill.

- After he left, did you look at the bill again?


- What was the store policy about cashiers accepting $20 bills?

CHRISTOPHER MARTIN: If you took a counterfeit bill, you had to pay for it out of your money, or your paycheck. I was planning to just put it on my tab, until I second-guessed myself. And as you can see in the video, I kept examining it, and then, I eventually told my manager.

MICHAEL GEORGE: Defense attorney Eric Nelson questioned Martin about Floyd's demeanor.

ERIC NELSON: And you formed the opinion that Mr. Floyd was under the influence of something?


MICHAEL GEORGE: The trial was briefly halted today when one of the jurors flagged the judge, saying she felt sick. After a 20-minute break, she took the stand to say she had a stress-related reaction. Prosecutors also played a cell phone video taken by Christopher Belfrey, which started recording the initial encounter between the officers, Floyd, and his friends.

CHRISTOPHER BELFREY: One officer drew a handgun, and opened the door, and pointed the gun at whoever was in the driver's seat.

MICHAEL GEORGE: The trial is expected to last up to four weeks. Michael George, CBS News, Minneapolis.

- And look for much more on day three of the Derek Chauvin trial tonight on the CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell. That's at 6:30 after CBS 4 News at 6:00.