MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Crime scene investigators took the stand Wednesday within the Derek Chauvin trial to speak concerning the proof they’ve analyzed.
On the heart of testimony: Tablets. Forensic scientist McKenzie Anderson described what they discovered inside George Floyd’s SUV and the police cruiser again in Could of 2020. She identified why she initially missed seeing a white capsule within the again seat, which is seen in photographs from the primary processing.
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“On the time I didn’t give it any forensic significance,” Anderson stated. “The main target of it was processing the blood within the again seat.”
The capsule, and different capsule fragments, had been recovered in January solely after the protection requested for re-examination of the squad automobile. DNA testing discovered Floyd’s saliva on the biggest capsule. Tablets had been additionally discovered within the Mercedes SUV Floyd was driving earlier than his lethal encounter with officers.
Different forensic scientists informed the court docket the tablets contained methamphetamine, with lower than 1% fentanyl.
Earlier within the day, we heard extra from a use-of-force professional adopted by the lead investigator for the BCA. The protection pushed again exhausting on key prosecution witnesses, even getting one regulation enforcement officer to initially say he believed that Floyd will be heard on one of many physique cameras saying he consumed too many medicine.
Los Angeles Police Division Sgt. Jody Stiger, the prosecution’s paid professional on police power, testified that Chauvin used lethal power on Floyd
“On the time of the restraint interval, Mr. Floyd was not resisting. He was within the susceptible place, he was handcuffed, he was not trying to evade, he was not trying to withstand, and the strain … that was being attributable to the physique weight would trigger positional asphyxia, which might trigger loss of life,” Stiger stated.
As Chauvin took detailed notes, protection lawyer Eric Nelson pushed again.
“You’ll agree that from the time Officer Chauvin will get on scene, and to the time Mr. Floyd is susceptible on the bottom, Mr. Floyd was actively resisting efforts to enter the again seat of the squad automobile,” Nelson stated.
“Sure sir,” Stiger stated.
Nelson urged that Floyd might have initially lied about his incapability to breathe.
“When Mr. Floyd was initially saying that he couldn’t breathe, he was actively resisting arrest,” Nelson stated.
“Initially when he was within the again seat of the car, sure,” Stiger stated.
Nelson cited among the profanity-laced crowd feedback witnesses made to the officers.
“When somebody begins threatening you … it’s a chance that an officer can view that as a possible lethal assault is about to occur. That’s what they’re skilled?” Nelson stated.
“Sure, that’s what they’re skilled,” Stiger stated.
The protection performed a brief clip for Stiger, who stated he couldn’t make out what Floyd was saying in it. Nelson performed the identical video for the following witness, BCA Agent James Reyerson, and bought a unique reply.
“Did you hear that?” Nelson stated.
“Sure I did,” Reyerson stated.
“Did it seem that Mr. Floyd stated, ‘I ate too many medicine’?” Nelson stated.
“Sure it did,” Reyerson stated.
However the prosecution then performed an extended clip, and Agent Reyerson modified his testimony, saying Floyd really stated simply the other.
“I consider Mr. Floyd was saying, ‘I ain’t do no medicine,’” Reyerson stated.
And that could be a massive level the protection goes to proceed to argue: the medical proof and toxicology reviews we’re going to be listening to in coming days exhibits Mr. Floyd died from preexisting medical situations and a drug overdose, and never due to Chauvin’s knee, because the prosecution argues.