In her testimony, Ross described how both she and Floyd struggled with their addiction to painkillers throughout their relationship.
Floyd said over and over that he was claustrophobic as he struggled to avoid being forced into the squad vehicle. "We both suffer from chronic pain". Mine was in my neck and his was in his back. And even I said to the officer, I said, man, he said he can't breathe.
Under re-direct questioning from prosecutors, Ross clarified that Floyd also called his mother "mama".
It was also apparently to explain his drug use to the jurors and perhaps get them to empathise with what he went through.
Those were Derek Chauvin's words moments after George Floyd was carried away in an ambulance from the Minneapolis street corner where Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds. The most serious charge against the now-fired officer carries up to 40 years in prison.
Bravinder said that when he arrived police officers were still on top of Floyd and he was "unresponsive".
Floyd's death, along with the harrowing bystander video of him gasping for breath as onlookers yelled at Chauvin to get off him, triggered sometimes violent protests around the world and demands that the United States confront racism and police brutality.
"It's one of my favorite stories to tell", Ross said, smiling toward the jury, when asked by a prosecutor how she first met Floyd in August, 2017, at a Salvation Army homeless shelter, where he worked as a security guard.
On the footage, a distressed Floyd says repeatedly that he "can't breathe" and calls for his mother until he eventually passes out.
"If I would have just not taken the bill, this could have been avoided", Christopher Martin told the court on the third day of Mr Chauvin's trial on Wednesday.
"Addiction, in my opinion, is a lifelong struggle". It's something I'll deal with forever.
In this image from video, witness Charles McMillian answered questions as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presided Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn.
In March 2020, Ross drove Floyd to the emergency room because he was in extreme stomach pain, and she learned he had overdosed.
Lane rapped with his flashlight on the driver's-side window of Floyd's vehicle, apparently startling Floyd, who opened the door slightly and said, "Oh, I'm sorry, I'm sorry".
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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.
"It's a classic story of how many people get addicted to opioids", Ms Ross, who wore a heart-shaped brooch on her jacket, told the jury.
She told the court she had started filming on her phone because she "saw a man terrified, begging for his life". "It's one of my favourite stories to tell".
Ross said she had gone to the shelter because her sons' father was staying there.
Asked by prosecutor Matthew Frank what he felt at the time, Mr Martin became visibly upset and said "disbelief and guilt".
Mr Floyd's younger brother, Rodney Floyd, shook his head from side to side and hugged his midriff as the video was played.
"Did you know that Mr. Floyd had some of those pills?"
Courteney Ross, Floyd's surviving girlfriend, was the first witness called on Thursday morning. "I had lost a lot of faith in God".
Defense attorney Eric Nelson asked Ross details about the pills they took last Spring, and what kind of effect they had on her and Floyd.
Minnesota is a rarity in explicitly permitting such "spark of life" testimony ahead of a verdict. Defence attorneys often contend such testimony allows prosecutors to play on jurors' emotions.
George Floyd's struggle with three police officers trying to arrest him, seen on body-camera video, included Floyd's panicky cries of "I'm sorry, I'm sorry" and "I'm claustrophobic!" as the officers tried to push Floyd into the back of a police SUV. The footage also showed Floyd being loaded into an ambulance.
When Martin went outside, he saw Floyd "motionless, limp" with Chauvin's knee on his neck, he testified.
Mr McMillian, the first bystander on the scene, can be heard on video at one point telling a handcuffed Mr Floyd "you can't win" and to get into the back of a police squad vehicle. We had to control this guy because he's a sizeable guy.
Mr Floyd was 6 foot 4 inches tall and 223 pounds, according to the autopsy.
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