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Witness Charles McMillian, 61, broke down Wednesday afternoon after prosecutors played police bodycam video of George Floyd saying over and over that he couldn't breathe and calling for his mother.

The big picture: The reaction captured what we've seen from witness after witness — the trauma of reliving those harrowing moments on global television as America reckons all over again with one of its worst moments.

  • McMillian was recorded on bodycam footage telling Floyd to take it easy.
  • "You can't win," he told Floyd.

At one point in the testimony, McMillian dropped his head to the table. He composed himself for a second, held his head, grabbed a tissue and said: "Oh, my God." 

  • He took a swig of water, still crying. He dabbed his eyes, then nodded his head for the questioning to continue.

Asked to explain what he was feeling, McMillian was barely able to say:

  • "I feel helpless. I don't have a mama either, but I understand him."

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Witness who recorded George Floyd's death says she stays up at night "apologizing" to him

Darnella Frazier, the teenager who videotaped former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck, said at Chauvin's murder trial Tuesday that she stays up at night "apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more."

The big picture: Her cellphone footage went viral online, resulting in nationwide outrage and protests. Prosecutors are now seeking Chauvin's conviction on murder and manslaughter charges.

Off-duty EMT: I was "desperate" to help Floyd but "officers didn't let me into the scene"

An off-duty Minneapolis firefighter and certified EMT testified Tuesday that she was "desperate" to help George Floyd but "the officers didn't let me into the scene."

Driving the news: Genevieve Hansen, who witnessed former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneel on Floyd's neck last May, was among the first witnesses to testify in the trial of Chauvin, who faces murder and manslaughter charges.

Prosecutors play 911 call at Derek Chauvin trial

Donald Williams, who witnessed former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd last May, testified at Chauvin's trial Tuesday that he called 911 on the officers at the scene because he believed he "witnessed a murder."

The big picture: Williams took the stand for the second day in the nationally televised trial as prosecutors seek to win a conviction against Chauvin on murder and manslaughter charges.