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Derek Chauvin trial: 'Something was not right' during arrest, 911 dispatcher says

She testified that after seeing the arrest of Floyd, she called the police on the police.
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The 911 dispatcher who handled the call that resulted in Derek Chauvin responding to the scene where George Floyd took the stand in the murder trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin.

Jena Scurry was the prosecution's first witness as Chauvin's trial got underway Monday, giving evidence after each side made their opening statements.

Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell played witness video from the scene prior to Floyd's death and explained how the state will prove Chauvin killed Floyd on May 25, 2020, while Chauvin's attorney Eric Nelson declared he acted according to his training. 

In her testimony under questioning by prosecutor Matthew Frank of the Minnesota Attorney General's Office, Scurry explained how she felt something wasn't right when she watched Floyd's arrest on the wall-mounted dispatch screens that were showing surveillance video from the scene of Floyd's arrest in real-time. 

She explained that she looked away and back at the screens to see the same thing — officers keeping Floyd on the ground — and wondered if the screens were frozen. They weren't. 

That's when she felt "something was not right ... it was a gut instinct, now we can be concerned," she said. 

Scurry ended up calling her supervisor and reported what she saw, essentially calling the police on the police. The call was played during court in which Scurry said: "You can call me a snitch if you want to but we have the cameras up for [squad] 320's call and ... I don't know if they had to use force or not, but they got something out of the back of the squad and all of them sat on this man."

When Scurry was questioned by Nelson, she testified that police control the cameras, that she couldn't hear what was happening at the intersection, and that she doesn't have the same training as a police officer. 

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder in Floyd's death. His trial is expected to last 2-4 weeks.  

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