‘I believed I witnessed a murder,’ witness says at Derek Chauvin trial

‘I believed I witnessed a murder,’ witness says at Derek Chauvin trial

The Guardian

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Donald Williams said that as a bystander he pleaded with the then police officer to stop as he knelt on George Floyd’s neck

A key prosecution witness has told the trial of the former police officer accused of killing George Floyd that he called the emergency services during the incident because “I believed I witnessed a murder”.

Donald Williams, a mixed martial arts fighter, said that as a bystander he pleaded with the then Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, to stop what he termed a dangerous “blood choke” as he knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.

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