Derek Chauvin trial live: Man in car with George Floyd to appear in court; Police chief says cops ‘absolutely’ violated policy

Derek Chauvin trial live: Man in car with George Floyd to appear in court; Police chief says cops ‘absolutely’ violated policy

April 6, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS — The man who was in the vehicle with George Floyd last Memorial Day before his struggle with police officers was expected to appear before the court Tuesday for a hearing over potential testimony in the murder trial of former officer Derek Chauvin.

Morries Hall has been subpoenaed to appear as a witness in the trial, but he filed a motion late last month saying he would refuse to answer questions if he’s forced to testify. He was expected to appear via Zoom.

Meanwhile, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told jurors Monday that Chauvin’s restraint of Floyd “absolutely” violated department policy. He said that the restraint should have stopped “once Mr. Floyd stopped resisting” and “once he was in distress and verbalized it.”

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 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.

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Latest updates: 

  • Court was expect to resume at 8:30 a.m. CST Tuesday for a motions hearing, with jurors back in the courtroom at 9:15 a.m.
  • Jurors have heard from more than 20 witnesses.
  • Katie Blackwell, who led Minneapolis Police Department trainings, said the department trains officers to use one or two arms during a neck restraint – not a knee.
  • The doctor who provided emergency care to Floyd at Hennepin County Medical Center testified Monday that at the time of the incident, he believed Floyd died from a lack of oxygen, rather than an overdose or heart attack.
  • Public safety officials said Monday the trial has been going “smoothly,” and that there’s nothing to indicate “that there is an imminent threat to the court proceedings or to either of the Twin Cities.”

Morries Hall, who was in vehicle with George Floyd, to appear before the court 

Morries Hall was expected to appear before the court Tuesday for a hearing over potential testimony. He is being held at the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility on unrelated charges.

Hall has been subpoenaed to appear as a witness in the trial. However, Hall filed a motion late last month to quash the subpoena on grounds that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right against incrimination and refuse to answer questions if he’s forced to testify.

Judge Peter Cahill approved Hall’s request to wear civilian clothes and not jail scrubs for the hearing, a court filing shows.

Hall’s name came up in questioning last week. Lead defense attorney Eric Nelson asked Floyd’s girlfriend, Courteney Ross, about Hall. Ross acknowledged that she told FBI investigators Floyd bought narcotics from Hall, but in court she said she “did not see it with my own eyes.”

Ross said she was in a car at a hotel while Floyd bought pills a week before his death. She said she was on the phone with him and thought she heard Hall’s voice in the background. She testified that she only learned afterward that Floyd was with Hall the day Floyd died.

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