Derek Chauvin has finally been convicted of murder, but people aren't happy with the way he was escorted away...
The teenager who served George Floyd has spoken out about the trial.
Explaining why the way Chauvin was handcuffed and led away "proved the inequality."
Read on for the heartbreaking video...
Now, it's been a crucial month for America's justice system.
I only watched 1 day of the trial and it was the day that Christopher Martin, the young cashier at Cup Foods, testified and I've been thinking of him ever since. 💔— Jade Packer (@_Jadeeee_) April 20, 2021
The highly-anticipated murder trial kicked off in Minneapolis at the Hennepin County Courthouse on March 29th.
According to the Daily Mail, the prosecution started proceedings by playing the horrifying video of the moment the accused, Derek Chauvin, dug his knee into George Floyd's neck as he cried out, "I can't breathe."
As the trial of Derek Chauvin begins, my thoughts are with the Floyd family and every American impacted by racist police brutality collectively reliving this trauma today. May justice be served.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 30, 2021
Special prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told the jury in his opening statement:
"You can believe your eyes. That it's homicide, it's murder."
Never-before-seen bodycam footage from the events of May 25th was also presented to the jury...
And gave fresh details of the minutes leading up to Floyd's arrest, as well as the moment he was confronted by the police officers.
Of course, the footage was utterly chilling to watch.
Days on from that revelation, the prosecution called an outside expert witness to testify about Floyd's cause of death.
Prosecutors say that Chauvin's knee on Floyd's neck contributed to his death...
While Chauvin's defense argued that Floyd's use of illicit drugs and his underlying medical conditions were the key factors.
Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonary and critical medicine doctor with forty-five years of experience in the field also testified...
And he wholeheartedly supported the theory that Floyd was killed as a result of Chauvin's pressure on his neck.
Dr. Tobin confirmed that Floyd died due to a low level of oxygen caused by the combination of being handcuffed in the prone position on the ground...
And Chauvin's left knee on his neck and right knee on his back, compromising his ability to breathe.
"Mr. Floyd died from a low level of oxygen, and this caused damage to his brain that we see, and it also caused a PEA arrhythmia that caused his heart to stop."
The jury was shown an image from an officer's body camera video in which Floyd's knuckles are seen pressed against the tire of the squad car while Chauvin's knees are on his neck and back.
Dr. Tobin said that while this gesture would not seem important to most people, it was "extraordinarily significant" to a physiologist.
"This tells you that [Floyd] has used up his resources, and he's now literally trying to breathe with his fingers and knuckles," he said. "He was using his fingers and his knuckles against the street to try and crank up the right side of his chest... it was his only way to try and get air to get into the right lung."
The jury was also shown an image where Chauvin's toe was seen lifted off the ground while his knee was on Floyd's neck.
“The toe of his boot is no longer touching the ground, this means that all of his body weight is being directed down at Mr. Floyd’s neck,” testified Dr. Tobin. This visual presented during court says a lot. #DerekChauvin pic.twitter.com/D9xfAGim5V— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) April 8, 2021
This meant 91.5 pounds, half of Chauvin's weight, was directly compressing Floyd's neck at that point, Dr.Tobin said.
The evidence continued to stack up against Chauvin...
And, clearly in panic mode, his defense continued to stress that Floyd had already put himself at risk by swallowing drugs and resisting officers trying to arrest him - factors that compounded his vulnerability to a diseased heart, raising sufficient doubt that Chauvin should be acquitted.
However, despite his defense's best efforts...
Things haven't gone in Chauvin's favor.
Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.
And now, since the trial ended, the teenager who served Floyd has spoken out...
He was a key prosecution witness in the trial...
Thinking of Christopher Martin tonight. He felt so much guilt over George Floyd’s murder. I hope he can get as much therapy as is needed. Bless him.— jennifer (@dopeknows) April 20, 2021
Christopher Martin has felt too scared to work in the shop since Floyd's death, but felt some relief when opening up during the trial.
"That probably felt the best for me - to let everything out and get it off my chest and tell the world what really happened," he admits.
"I thought it was very beneficial for getting justice for George and his family. So that was very satisfying."
After the police were called, Martin was captured on CCTV watching the scene unfold.
He was later asked on the witness stand what he was thinking about in that moment.
"Disbelief and guilt," he told the court. "If I would have just not taken the bill, this would have been avoided."
Martin had offered to pay for the cigarettes, as he didn't want the police called.
But it was out of his hands, and he's experienced extreme guilt ever since.
When asked about his thoughts on the guilty verdict, he was relieved...
"It took a load off my back in a lot of ways," he said. "I would say it was relieving."
But seeing Chauvin handcuffed in court highlighted the inequality between the two men.
"It just shows again what we have to deal with," Mr. Martin said.
"He gets a nice good trial and he gets to be protected in prison for however long but obviously that's not the same for an African American."
Chauvin's conviction is just the start of a change that needs to be seen in this country...
"I believe once they put their badge on they believe that they're better or higher up than other people and civilians and that gives them the "right" to treat people however they want to," Mr. Martin said.
"It's sickening and there needs to be change immediately. Derek being guilty, that's one step. But there are a lot of areas that need work."
"It's something I'll carry to my grave," he said.
Let's hope we see a change in the system sooner rather than later.