MINNEAPOLIS — Jurors in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Wednesday heard from an off-duty firefighter and the cashier who took a counterfeit $20 bill from George Floyd the day he died. Cup Foods cashier Christopher Martin told jurors he noticed the bill was likely a fake and reported his suspicions to his manager. Firefighter Genevieve Hansen ended her testimony Wednesday morning saying she did not show her Minneapolis Fire Department ID to the police officers.
Jurors have heard from nine witnesses to Floyd’s death, and several have broken down in tears on the stand describing their attempts to intervene on his behalf. Tuesday’s witnesses included a 911 dispatcher, a cashier working across the street, a mixed martial arts fighter, the teenager who recorded the now viral video of Floyd’s death and her 9-year-old cousin.
Some, including Hansen engaged in heated exchanges with Chauvin’s defense attorney Eric Nelson, whose questions have suggested the crowd of bystanders that gathered at the scene was threatening and distracting to the officers. 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 as Floyd cried out “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Cup Foods cashier Christopher Martin, 19, told jurors Wednesday morning that he was the person who took the counterfeit $20 bill from George Floyd — the incident that led to the call to police that brought Chauvin and the other officers to the scene. Martin said he noticed Floyd was a big man and “sounded a little high.” Lead prosecutor Matthew Frank played for jurors about 10 minutes of video from inside the store, which initially showed Floyd acting restless as he flipped through bills before roaming the store. Floyd can be seen dancing in line before he tries to buy cigarettes and hands over what was later determined to be a fake $20. Jurors seem riveted by the sight of Floyd as a customer.