A professional MMA fighter who witnessed the fatal arrest of George Floyd was brought into court to describe the ‘blood choke’ allegedly used by police officer Derek Chauvin.
Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter over the killing of Floyd, whose death sparked worldwide Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality and systemic racism.
The murder charges could carry 40 and 25-year sentences, respectively.
Donald Williams, a witness for the prosecution, testified that the police officer was using a ‘blood choke’ on Floyd in the altercation that led to his death.
CourtTV’s Julia Jenaé stated that prosecutors got permission from the court to qualify Donald Williams as a martial arts expert.
“I felt the officer on top was shimmying to actually get the final choke in while he was on top,” he said.
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“His eyes slowly rolled to the back of his head. You see the blood coming out of his nose. You heard him tell them before he stopped speaking, ‘my stomach hurts,’” said Williams.
“From there on, he was lifeless. He didn’t move; he didn’t speak. He didn’t have no life in him no more on his body movements.”
What is a blood choke, exactly?
Williams described it as a specific attack that strikes “the side of the neck and particularly cuts off your arteries and stops the blood flowing from the top of your head to the bottom of your head.”
Hayley Miller, a HuffPost reporter, tweeted what Williams told the jury about the restraint technique Chauvin used on Floyd.
“As time progressed … the more you see Floyd fade away, slowly fade away, and like the fish in the bag, you see his eyes slowly pale out and slowly roll back.”