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Derek Chauvin trial live: MMA fighter who witnessed George Floyd's death says he called 'the police on the police'


MINNEAPOLIS —  A mixed martial artist who witnessed the death of George Floyd last spring took the stand again Tuesday morning in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. 

On Monday, two other witnesses – a 911 dispatcher and a cashier working across the street – testified, and lawyers for the defense and prosecution opened the trial by laying out their case. Here’s what you missed.

Floyd, a Black man, died in police custody on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin, who is white, pinned his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes as Floyd cried out “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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Latest updates:

  • Judge Peter Cahill denied a state motion first thing Tuesday to keep all audio and video of four key witnesses from being made public.
  • While Cahill said the witnesses, including the now-18-year-old woman who was 17 at the time and filmed the bystander video that went viral, would be allowed to be referred to by first name only, they would not speak or spell their names on camera or audio. 
  • Monday evening, about 200 protesters rallied outside the county building to demand justice.
  • Police, sheriffs deputies and the National Guard were on high alert, although they maintained a deliberately low-key presence Monday.
  • About 200 members of the Minnesota National Guard are deployed in the Twin Cities to provide peacekeeping and traffic control as needed. 


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