Updated 0157 GMT (0957 HKT) April 5, 2021
(CNN)An attorney representing the family of George Floyd told CNN on Sunday being in the courtroom for the trial of the former police officer accused of killing Floyd has been “heart-wrenching.”
The highly anticipated trial of Derek Chauvin began Monday with video showing Floyd’s final moments. Chauvin, 45, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges.
Only one member from the Floyd and Chauvin families will be allowed to attend the trial in Minneapolis because of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, a judge ruled in the case.
Ben Crump, who represents Floyd’s family, told CNN’s Jim Acosta that as a Black man — who also has been a civil rights attorney the entirety of his professional life — he believes Chauvin will be convicted.
“My heart has been broken before, dealing with the American legal system,” Crump said.
Crump said he was shocked when defense attorneys started blaming the crowd outside of Cup Foods and that “the only thing that killed George Floyd was an overdose of excessive force.” Defense attorney Eric Nelson argued the bystanders at the scene of Floyd’s death had morphed into a threatening crowd. This, in turn, distracted officers, Nelson said.
One thing Crump did find compelling, he said, was the testimony from Jena Scurry, a Minneapolis 911 dispatcher who directed officers to the Cup Foods store, the scene of Floyd’s death. Scurry called a police sergeant to voice her concerns about the arrest the day Floyd died, saying “I don’t know if they had to use force or not.”
“My instincts were telling me that something’s wrong. Something was not right. I don’t know what, but something wasn’t right,” Scurry said she thought as she watched the video. “It was an extended period of time.”