Defense attorneys plan to make the case that Floyd died of unrelated medical issues and drug use.
Morries Hall, a man who was in the vehicle with George Floyd on the day of his death, has invoked his 5th Amendment right not to testify in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
An autopsy revealed Floyd had fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system when he died.
In his first call with his supervisor after the deadly arrest of Floyd, Chauvin did not mention that he held his knee on Floyd's neck, former Minneapolis police sergeant David Pleoger testified.
He also said officers are trained to roll people on their side to help with their breathing after they have been restrained in the prone position. Chauvin pulled Floyd aside after the officers struggled to place him back inside, and the officers flipped him onto his stomach. When Assistant Attorney General Erin Eldridge asked what the "code 2" designation meant, he replied that the call was "routine, so no lights or sirens - normal driving", and does not imply anyone has a life-threatening situation.
Chauvin, 45, was captured on video kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed Floyd for more than nine minutes during Floyd's May 25, 2020 arrest for passing a counterfeit $20 bill.
The case triggered large protests around the USA, scattered violence and widespread soul-searching over racism and police brutality. The most serious charge - 2nd-degree murder - against the former officer carries up to 40 years in prison.
Courteney Ross, who was dating George Floyd for almost three years before his death in May, delivered tearful testimony Thursday about their shared struggle with an opioid addiction.
Ms Ross said: "Both Floyd and I, our story, it's a classic story of how many people get addicted to opioids".
"Addiction, in my opinion, is a lifelong struggle". "It's not something that comes and goes, it's something I'll deal with forever".
They had their first kiss in the lobby that night and, but for the occasional break after a lovers' quarrel, were together until his death, she said. Ross told jurors she took Floyd to the hospital in March 2020, just two months before his death, for what she later learned was an overdose.
But she suspected he began using again about two weeks before his death because his behavior changed: She said there would be times when he would be up and bouncing around, and other times when he would be unintelligible.
Testimony in the trial of Derek Chauvin is slated to resume Thursday at 9:30 a.m. ET. A second paramedic, Derek Smith, testified that he checked for a pulse and couldn't detect one: "In layman's terms?"
Bravinder also told the court that when he and Smith arrived Floyd was "unresponsive". Likewise, subduing and securing persons-they way Floyd was secured-was also in policy since officers believed Floyd was experiencing excited delirium: a drug-induced state described as a combination of delirium and psychomotor agitation.
Bravinder's partner felt the patient's neck for a pulse and looked at his pupils, he said.
Prosecutors put Ross on the stand as part of an effort to humanise Floyd in front of the jury and portray him as more than a crime statistic, and also apparently explain his drug use to the jurors and perhaps get them to empathise with what he went through.
"May I tell the story?" she asked.
"May I tell the story?" she asked.
She said she had gone to the shelter because her sons' father was staying there.
She was waiting in the lobby to see the father of her son, exhausted after closing up the coffee shop where she worked.
When Ross was shown a photograph of Floyd, one of several pictures of him that were shared widely after his death, she described it through laughs and tears as a "Dad selfie" because of the low angle from which he had taken it.
"Floyd has this great Southern voice, raspy".
'Can I pray with you?'
"I did not see him moving or breathing", he said. "At the time I had lost a lot of faith in God".