Floyd was ‘begging for his life’, little girl tells court

Floyd was 'begging for his life', little girl tells court
Witnesses: 1. Donald Williams. 2. Darnella. 3. Darnella's cousin. 4. Alissa. 5. Kalen. 6. Genevieve Hansen. Source: Court TV
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Daily US Times: The teenager whose film of Minnesota’s African American George Floyd’s death sparked global protests against racism and police brutality said in the court she “stays up apologizing” to him for “not doing more”.

Darnella is now 18 and was one of four young witnesses who to take the stand on the second day of former police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial.

She told the court of seeing George Floyd “begging for his life,” comparing him to her dad, brother, uncles and cousins “because they are all black”.

Issues of policing and racial equality lay at the centre of the case.

On Monday, the opening session of the trial heard Mr Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes while arresting him in Minneapolis in May 2020. Prosecutors say this was a “major cause” in Mr Floyd’s death.

Defence lawyers have indicated they will argue that Floyd died of an overdose. 45-year-old Mr Chauvin denies charges of murder and manslaughter.

Three other officers who were present – J Alexander Keung, Tou Thao and Thomas Lane – will go on trial later in the year.

Four children who were all under 18 at the time of Floyd’s murder gave evidence to the court, but they were identified only by their first names and the cameras were switched off so the jurors could not see them.

Darnella, who was 17 at the time of the incident, was walking to the Cup Foods shop with her nine-year-old cousin when they came across the arrest on the street outside.

The witness told the court she started filming on her phone because “I saw a man terrified, begging for his life. It wasn’t right – he was in pain.”

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