George Floyd murder trial jury shown video of death
Minneapolis man George Floyd said he couldn't breathe 27 times "until the very life was squeezed out of him", according to opening statements at the murder trial of former office Derek Chauvin.
The death of Floyd, a black man, was captured on a bystander's mobile phone and viewed by millions, sparking a racial reckoning and riots that spread across America.
Chauvin, a white man, was one of four police who arrested Floyd on May 25 last year for trying to pass a fake $20 note at grocery store in Minneapolis.
When Floyd resisted arrest, Chauvin wrestled with him before pinning him beneath his knee in a choke hold.
Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell laid out a damning timeline to show what he described as callous indifference from the officers and an intent to kill from Chauvin, who is being tried separately to his former colleagues.
Chauvin held down Floyd for nine minutes and 29 seconds, including for almost five minutes after he lost consciousness, and at no time did Chauvin and his colleagues check his pulse.
Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell said Chauvin's use of "excessive and lethal force against an unarmed" Floyd was deliberate.
He said Chauvin "betrayed" his police "badge when he used excessive and unreasonable force upon the body of Mr. George Floyd.
"He put his knee upon his neck and his back, grinding and crushing him until the very breath, no ladies and gentlemen, until the very life was squeezed out of him," Mr Blackwell said.
"This was not a split second decision."
"It was not accidental … What Mr Chauvin was doing he was doing deliberately."
Chauvin's trial is being televised and the graphic video evidence of Floyd's death was played multiple times on US TV networks.
Floyd was a criminal and drug user who was later found to have fentanyl, methamphetine and THC in his blood.
Floyd's cause of death is central to Chauvin's trial.
While Minneapolis prosecutors say he was strangled to death, Chauvin's attorneys argue that he died from a pre-existing heart condition combined with a drug overdose.
A death certificate from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner said Floyd's death was cardiopulmonary arrest.
Chauvin faces 40 years in prison i
f convicted of second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter
Third degree murder carries a maximum 25 year sentence and is the same charge that sent Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor to prison for 12 and half years over the July 2017 killing of former Sydney life coach Justine Damond Ruszczyk.
Mr Blackwell said prosecutors would show that Floyd did not "nod off" and die of a drug overdose or suddenly of a heart attack and that
He said opioid overdose victims are not "screaming for their lives, they're not calling for their mothers, they're not saying 'Please, please, I can't breathe,' that's not what opioid overdose looks like".
Chauvin's trial continues.
Originally published as George Floyd murder trial jury shown video of death