MINNEAPOLIS (TBEN) – Crime scene investigators spoke in the Derek Chauvin trial on Wednesday to talk about the evidence they analyzed.
At the center of the testimony: the pills. Medical examiner McKenzie Anderson described what they found inside George Floyd’s SUV and police car in May 2020. She explained why she initially missed seeing a white pill in the backseat, what we see in the photos of the first treatment.
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“At the time, I didn’t give it any forensic significance,” Anderson said. “The goal was to process the blood in the back seat.”
The pill and other pill fragments were recovered only in January after the defense requested a review of the team’s car. TBEN tests found Floyd’s saliva on the bigger pill. Pills were also found in the Mercedes SUV Floyd was driving before his fatal encounter with officers.
Other medical examiners told the court the pills contained methamphetamine, with less than 1% fentanyl.
Earlier today, we heard more from a use of force expert followed by the lead BCA investigator. The defense strongly pushed back key prosecution witnesses, even leading a law enforcement officer to initially say that he believed Floyd could be heard on one of the body cameras saying he was consuming too much. drug.
Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Jody Stiger, the prosecution’s paid expert on police matters, said Chauvin used deadly force on Floyd
“At the time of the restraint, Mr. Floyd was not resisting. He was lying on his stomach, he was handcuffed, he wasn’t trying to escape, he wasn’t trying to resist, and the pressure … that was caused by the body weight would cause positional asphyxiation, which could cause the dead, ”Stiger said. .
As Chauvin took detailed notes, defense attorney Eric Nelson pushed back.
“You will agree that from the time Constable Chauvin arrived at the scene, and the time Mr. Floyd was lying on the ground, Mr. Floyd has actively resisted efforts to sit in the back seat of the car. of the team, ”said Nelson.
“Yes sir,” Stiger said.
Nelson suggested that Floyd may have initially lied about his inability to breathe.
“When Mr. Floyd first said he couldn’t breathe, he was actively resisting arrest,” Nelson said.
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“Initially, when he was in the back seat of the vehicle, yes,” Stiger said.
Nelson quoted some of the profane comments from the crowd that witnesses made to the officers.
“When someone starts threatening you… it’s possible that an officer could see this as a potential fatal attack is about to happen. Is that what they trained? Nelson said.
“Yeah, that’s what they trained,” Stiger said.
The defense played a short clip for Stiger, who said he couldn’t understand what Floyd was saying in it. Nelson played the same video for the next witness, Agent BCA James Reyerson, and got a different answer.
“Did you hear that?” Nelson said.
“Yeah, I did,” Reyerson said.
“Did Mr. Floyd say, ‘I ate too many drugs’?” Nelson said.
“Yes,” Reyerson said.
But the prosecution then released a longer clip, and Agent Reyerson changed his testimony, claiming that Floyd had in fact said otherwise.
“I believe Mr. Floyd was like, ‘I don’t do drugs,’” Reyerson said.
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And that’s an important point the defense will continue to make: The medical evidence and toxicology reports we’ll hear in the next few days show Mr. Floyd died of pre-existing medical conditions and an overdose of drugs, not because of Chauvin’s knee. , as the prosecution argues.