George Floyd’s death: Derek Chauvin is on trial

Day two of Derek Chauvin’s trial concerning George Floyd’s death has just begun. Further questioning of the professional mixed martial arts fighter who happened to stumble onto the scene of the 46-year-old George Floyd’s final moments, is expected to take place 

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Donald Wynn Williams II, the third witness in the trial, began testifying on Monday. Based on his own MMA experience, he said that Chauvin performed a “blood choke” on George Floyd, adjusting his positioning multiple times to maintain pressure on his neck.  

He said that he watched Floyd gasp for air, while blood started to come out of his nose, and his eyes rolled to the back of his head. 

Due to a technical issue, his testimony was cut off abruptly on Monday.

10 months after Floyd’s death launched a summer of unrest, protest, and a societal reckoning with America’s past and present of aggressive policing and anti-Black racism, the opening statements in Chauvin’s trail came into light yesterday. 

Chauvin, 45, has pleaded not guilty to the third-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter, and second-degree unintentional murder charges. 

The trial of this former Minneapolis Police Officer in George Floyd’s death is expected to resume this morning. 

The third witness Donald Williams II’s direct examination will also continue today. 

Even after Floyd told Chauvin and three other officers that he couldn’t breathe, Chauvin continued to kneel on his neck. 

This is the second day of testimony and the 14th day of the trial.