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>> the trial a police office or derek chauvin in the death of george floyd has gone into recess. we will resume live coverage as soon as proceedings get underway. live coverage on c-span2. >> you get to your thoughts with the minnesota special assistant attorney jerry blackwell making the case against derek chauvin yesterday. >> because you will learn on mah of 2020, mr. derek chauvin betrayed his badge. when used excessive and unreasonable first upon the
body of mr. george floyd. that means putting his knees upon his neck and his back grinding and crushing him until the very breath, know the very life was squeezed out of him. he was unarmed and that he had not threat and anyone in that mr. floyd was in handcuffs, completely in control point - - under control of the police and was defenseless. you will hear nine minutes 29 seconds the most important numbers you will hear in the trial. 929. what happened in the nine minutes 29 seconds when derek chauvin applied excessive force to the body of george floyd. >> minnesota special assistant jerry blackwell making the
case against derek chauvin. now the attorneys also address the death of george floyd in his opening statement and here is what he had to say. >> the evidence will show doctor baker of the hennepin county medical examiner's office conducted the only autopsy and mr. floyd. you will hear of several interviews doctor baker had with law enforcement where he discusses the cause and manner of death what that actually means according to what he stopped present in mr. floyd's body. some of this evidence is extremely important with the final determination of the cause of death. the medical findings include a blood gas test that revealed mr. floyd had an exceptionally high level of carbon dioxide.
doctor baker found none of what i referred to as the telltale signs of this fixation. no bruises to mr. floyd's neck to his skin are after peeling his skin back to the muscles. there is no hemorrhaging no evidence the airflow was restricted and did not determined to be in a mechanical or positional asphyxia death. >> from the number one of the trial in the death of george floyd the world is watching yesterday the cameras were allowed to broadcast the proceedings we will continue coverage on c-span. >> did you watch yesterday?
were you thinking as you watched? >>caller: first of all greetings again. especially listening to the defense there are shades of the eric garner trial. in which she attempted to try to blame mr. garner's issues for his death rather than the chokehold on mr. garner. and the thing is happening here with george floyd. and white racist especially on the republican line is victim blaming. because they always blame the victim for their death rather than the officers action.
will try to excuse that in many cases. white racist try to blame the victim in many ways for the death. and as i said i think that's what you will be hearing from a lot of racist white people on the republican line. i'm sure they will be trashing me for that because what they will try to claim is that derek chauvin did not kill george floyd that george floyd killed george floyd as if he wanted to die. that is the difference. you will hear a lot of victim blaming thank you.
>> the eugene robinson opinion piece echoes what you are saying. derek chauvin is on trial not george floyd. the legalisms aside and think about that. how could anyone treat a fellow human being with such little regard for his life? he stopped moving and breathing he pose no threat to anyone let alone to the heavy armed police officers who surrounded him with his body but he keeps kneeling on his neck anyway. why? to keep the inner man and mobile or to make a point to the bystanders black and white who witnessed the whole thing. he goes on to write eric nelson predictably use the opening statement to make floyd the defendant and the onlookers the accomplices. several times he highlighted floyd's physical size which should come to no surprise. the idea of a black man superhuman strength and subhuman and how to use it has been used to justify the straight, incarceration and. [inaudible]
>> this than a half minute video and outpace the energy but when i was young i played hard so i have sat in church some and i feel i have learned what is right and wrong. and what these two cops showing in video did was wrong and deserve to be called pigs and blue. and to spend some time behind bars to figure out what was wrong. and this was over $20. also people in texas let your water run so it gets cold. >> west virginia welcome to the conversation. >>caller: i don't know if
they could say george floyd died from drugs in his system when his windpipe was being constructed. >> that was your reaction when you watched yesterday? will you continue to watch? >> yes. >> what is going to your mind? have you feeling? >> i am conflicted because god but all of us here together different races for a reason and we seem to be failing the test. especially when the police were put here to protect us but as of late the police have been killing so many of us. >> why are you conflicted, joy? >> i really could not say.
responder comes upon the scene they very rarely turn off the vehicle. if you look at the position of the deceased head it is toward the rear of - - the rear of the vehicle or where the exhaust system is so any particular marks of choking or any diesel the one - - vehicle even turned out there is still residual. so when you turn the vehicle off that area will still be smelling and distributing out of the exhaust system those fuels. that is the question.
the people died just from the smell of the exhaust of secondhand smoke. that is an important question. even though the vehicle moved in the parking brake was not on, was the vehicle running? >> did you watch yesterday all day? >> not all day. but the most important thing i did was just make sure that i didn't get totally consumed by it. in other words, everybody needs to take a break. the attention span is between 20 and 35 minutes and the judge was good. i think just to sit there and watch it you just cannot go out and function the next day. >> why is that?
what is watching this trial doing to you? >> 550,000 deaths from the pandemic. research from states of michigan up like 60 percent or 600 percent. that is how confusing it can get. then we have people losing their homes. people who own homes and cannot even get the rent money from it because of so many different issues on the border. >> but i asked about the trial. >> but that's why i am saying if i am sitting there watching the trial constantly then the whole day is controlled by the trial. >> got it.
>> it is unfortunate to see another person die here and it looks like the police pushed it too far again. we have seen enough of that over the last two decades alone to really get the average person to turn away and not see any of it. i will tell you the truth, c-span. you could do much better than tabloid tv every day. go to the border every day. show people what is going on there. we are being invaded. take your kids to washington dc and listen to what these people are doing along with wall street to destroy this country. children haven't been in school for two years if they don't get them back again they're not taking the sat and the things that matter. he died because the drugs and cops dealing with a bad situation and guess what? it all starts at the border. then we can send them down to the border and stop this maybe not 100 percent but enough to
avoid next time. thank you. >> addressing the issue of drugs found in george floyd status. >>. >> you also learn that george floyd struggled he struggled with it for years. he did not die from a drug overdose he did not die from an opioid overdose. but actually nothing like a person who has died. but opioids are tranquilizers when a person dies from an opioid overdose, first and foremost they look like they are asleep. in a stupor. and they never come to again
and simply pass away. opioid overdose are not screaming for their lives. they are not calling on their mothers. they are not taking please, please i cannot breathe. that is not what an opioid overdose looks like. now mr. floyd had 11 milligrams of fentanyl in his system. they say that's a fatal amount that you have to learn about tolerance. for a person who has never been exposed to opiates are fentanyl, that may be a lethal limit. and then to have a different tolerance level. >> from yesterday's trial the opening day your thoughts this morning? garrett from texas. >>caller: person like to make a comment of the gentle man who talked about the border. having lived by the border most of my life and in various countries there was a great presidents mr. gorbachev
please take down the wall. that's all say about that. this situation is a travesty. with her he was on opioids no matter of his skin was blue or black or green or blue or purple. my mom taught me that in skin didn't matter. the nate united states neville academy 1972 classes 72 and in 1968 a great leader is just say he followed up with the president said ask not what your country can do for you ask you can do for your country. that's what drove me to the navy. now with my very first leave in the summer telling me mlk had been assassinated asked if
we had again in the house. i said i did not know. but i'm sitting in a hospital right now with cancer and it doesn't really matter but i'm talking to you to let you know that eyewitness things that day that change my life. and views of all races. and it took often sitting with a gun and sitting in the station wagon and then sitting on the lincoln monument and we drove by the white house and return on pennsylvania avenue carrying loads of groceries and parked at the up up alien church and i was numb. i could not get up. i was a midshipman i had seen everything you could see physically that summer. had been through boot camp. and by golly i'd never seen
anything like get. studied the situation. people that went into buildings and took tvs i fired my gun at a black lady into this day i have dreams that i killed her but i was just trying to warn her i didn't want to see another body come out of the building. m by golly there is no reason for any policeman, my nephew stephen williams is a lieutenant over this a terrible situation arlington texas and just offered to retire to give my brother billions who is all along southwestern to georgetown texas been then having now he cannot get a transplant that
he wants to give me half of the liver. i've just been saved by a new procedure for prostate cancer after they had kidney cancer early in the year. we are not red or blue. we are purple. we are all pancreatic cancer people. we have a cancer in this country. if we don't to come back to americans like ollie north told us, the nation has no hope. the constitution singing by a thread. in the name of jesus christ, amen. >> derek from texas. next west virginia. >>caller. >> first time caller longtime listener. >> as a black man it so troubling i didn't have cable at the time so i did not see it until yesterday. keeping it eight minutes and
46 seconds obviously was nine minutes and 29 seconds but just to see the smirk on the officers face with his knee on his neck. and then to say you're killing and you can't breathe. and it always seem like officers just get off. in 99 percent of police officers are good. but that 1 percent tainted for everybody. and i just cried yesterday when i just watched how that officer had his knee on his neck. he's begging for his mother. i cannot breathe. i'm sorry. it's troubling. i don't know what to do. but every time these things. here we go again. will the police officer get
off? it seems like they always give the officer the benefit of the doubt. but your eyes cannot lie what you saw yesterday. >> the attorney for derek chauvin address that video and asked the jurors to not only look at that now famous video of george floyd's death but the other evidence. this is what he had to say. >> over 50 members of the minneapolis police department including the officers that responded to the scene of mr. floyd was brought to the hospital. they interviewed members of the command staff they interviewed officers who oversee training and policymaking decisions within the minneapolis police department they have interviewed nearly 200 civilian witnesses in this case some saw the entire
incident some saw portion of the incident, many saw nothing. son had some piece of social one - - of information and some had nothing the numerous medical personnel and they interviewed numerous firefighters and paramedics responded. agents executed approximately one dozen search warrants to gather information and in the end you will hear the term throughout the case called the bate stamp number it is a way for lawyers to keep track of the case to make sure we are working from the same set of documents and evidence. to preserve the integrity of the investigation we have
50000 bate stamp number items. >> from yesterday first day of the trial for derek chauvin in the death of george floyd continues today at 10:00 o'clock a.m. eastern and we will continue with our coverage you can watch it again 8:00 o'clock p.m. eastern for today's proceedings. on facebook only one opinion is never should've been tried in minneapolis or minnesota jurors are threatened and the defense is horrible we just want a fair trial for those not feeling threatened and no camera should've been allowed. that was the judge who decided citing the pandemic and the national interest in the case where the allowed cameras in the courtroom so this is being broadcasted around the world
as people watch the proceedings. a little bit about the judge long before the associated press long before tim pollan t put judge cahill on the bench he was influential player as a trusted confidant of amy klobuchar who is now the senior us senator. becoming a judge in 2007 the same year sworn into the senate that connections began at the university of minnesota working as a clerk who had been a top criminal defense attorney for decades. as you learn about her watch the first day of the trial, what is your reaction? >>caller: i am a first time caller. i did watch the video