George Floyd can be heard admitting on videotape that he took drugs before his fatal arrest, the lawyer for ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin claimed at the former officer’s murder trial Wednesday.
Eric Nelson made the assertion while questioning Los Angeles Police Department use-of-force expert Sgt. Jody Stiger, a paid expert called by state prosecutors.
“Did you hear what he said?” Nelson asked Stiger during cross-examination.
“No, I couldn’t make it out,” Stiger said.
“Does it sound like he says, ‘I ate too many drugs?’ Listen again,” Nelson said.
The LAPD sergeant said he still could not make it out, prompting Nelson to add, “in the chaos of a situation, things can be missed, right?”
“Yes,” Stiger answered.
George Floyd was being arrested for passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a local convenience store.AP
Stiger, who has testified that Chauvin and other Minneapolis cops at the scene of Floyd’s fatal encounter with police on May 25 used unnecessary force,