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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.

  • On Monday, Minneapolis 911 dispatcher Jena Scurry testified that she felt a "gut instinct" that "something was not right" as she watched officers pin Floyd to the ground.

What they're saying: Williams, a trained mixed martial arts fighter, called Chauvin's hold on Floyd a "blood choke" during his testimony on Monday.

  • On Tuesday, he testified that felt the need to call 911 instead of speaking to the officers directly because "we just didn't have no connection. I spoke to them, but not on a connection of a human being relationship."
  • In his call to the 911 operator, which was played at the trial, an audibly agitated Williams said that Chauvin was "trying to kill a guy that wasn't resisting arrest."

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Mar 29, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

911 dispatcher testimony at Chauvin trial: "Something was not right"

Screenshot via WashPost livestream on YouTube

Minneapolis 911 dispatcher Jena Scurry said she felt a "gut instinct" that "something was not right" as she watched police officers hold George Floyd on the ground with a knee on his neck.

Why it matters: Scurry is the first witness to testify in the nationally televised trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, who faces murder and manslaughter charges.

Derek Chauvin trial opening statements: What to expect

Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photos: Chandan Khanna, Stephen Maturen and Michael Siluk/Getty Images

All eyes are on Minneapolis as opening statements in the Derek Chauvin trial begin this morning.

The big picture: Ten months after Floyd's killing rocked the world, many see the trial as a defining moment in our collective reckoning with issues of race and justice.

Mar 29, 2021 - Podcasts

Border surge expected to last months

March will see the highest numbers of migrant children crossing the border in U.S. history. The Biden administration is preparing for even more children in the coming months.

  • Plus, the trial over the killing of George Floyd begins today in Minneapolis with opening statements from the prosecution and the defense.
  • And, a look ahead to the week in politics.