Derek Chauvin is on trial for George Floyd's death

By Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes, Melissa Mahtani and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 0210 GMT (1010 HKT) April 14, 2021
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4:14 p.m. ET, April 13, 2021

Defense expert witness says Chauvin's actions were "justified"

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Defense expert witness Barry Brodd testified that ex-cop Derek Chauvin's actions were "justified."

"I felt that Derek Chauvin was justified with acting with objective, reasonableness following Minneapolis Police Department policy. And current standards of law enforcement and his interactions with Mr. Floyd," Brodd testified.

Brodd is a former police officer and use-of-force expert. He runs a consulting firm and is being retained by defense attorney Eric Nelson's office, he testified. Brodd said he has been paid $11,400 for his work on the case.

Watch the moment:

2:21 p.m. ET, April 13, 2021

The trial has resumed

The trial of Derek Chauvin has resumed. The defense called its next witness — Barry Brodd, a former police officer and use-of-force expert.

2:24 p.m. ET, April 13, 2021

Go There: CNN is in Minneapolis answering your questions as the Chauvin defense begins

Derek Chauvin’s defense team began presenting their own witnesses today. Just miles away from where the trial is happening, protests erupted for a second straight night over another fatal shooting of a Black man by police.

CNN correspondent Josh Campbell reports on the latest from Minneapolis and answers viewers' questions about the trial:

1:16 p.m. ET, April 13, 2021

Minneapolis police officer testifies about department training to detect "excited delirium"

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Minneapolis Police Officer Nicole MacKenzie, the department's medical support trainer, testified that one of the officers at the scene, Thomas Lane, received training to detect a condition called "excited delirium" syndrome in a suspect.

MacKenzie was recalled to the stand today by the defense after previously testifying for the prosecution.

On cross-examination, MacKenzie testified that one of the things that officers are told to do during training is to roll suspects on their sides because excited delirium can compromise breathing.

Asked by the prosecutor if an officer would defer to an "emergency room doctor" on whether someone is actually experiencing delirium, MacKenzie said, "Absolutely. Not our place to diagnose that."

Court is currently in a lunch break.

12:54 p.m. ET, April 13, 2021

Defense recalls police officer who previously testified for the prosecution

The next witness for the defense is Minneapolis Police Officer Nicole MacKenzie. She is the medical support coordinator for the department.

MacKenzie previously testified as a witness for the prosecution.

12:40 p.m. ET, April 13, 2021

Police officer who testified that crowd was aggressive admits he couldn't see what was going on

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Peter Chang, a Minneapolis Park Police officer who responded to the scene on May 25, 2020, was cross-examined by the prosecution about his testimony regarding the crowd of bystanders watching George Floyd in custody.

Chang, whose body-cam footage was played in court, told the jury that the crowd grew "very aggressive" during the incident and he became concerned for the other officers safety.

The video footage played in court showed that after he arrived at the scene Chang stayed on the sidewalk around the corner from where Floyd was in custody. His role in the investigation was to watch Floyd's car and the other two occupants of the vehicle. The video showed that he was not near the crowd during the incident.

On cross-examination, prosecuting attorney Matthew Frank asked Chang if it was true that while he was at this location he "can no longer see what was going on?"

Chang said "yes." 

12:27 p.m. ET, April 13, 2021

Minneapolis Park Police officer testifies that crowd was "very aggressive" during Floyd's arrest

Peter Chang, a Minneapolis Park Police officer, told the court today that the crowd of bystanders that gathered on the sidewalk during the May 25, 2020 incident became "very aggressive."

Chang, who responded to the scene at Cup Foods to assist officers, said he became concerned for the other officers' safety.

The defense played body-worn camera footage from Chang during his testimony. The footage showed him around the corner from the location where Floyd was being taken into custody. While Derek Chauvin and the other officers had Floyd in custody, Chang stood by Floyd's car. The video did not show him near Floyd or the crowd.

11:50 a.m. ET, April 13, 2021

A Minneapolis Park Police officer is now testifying

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Peter Chang, a Minneapolis Park Police officer, is now testifying and being questioned by the defense attorney.

Chang said he was on duty on May 25, 2020, and responded to a call at Cup Foods.

His testimony is ongoing.

12:02 p.m. ET, April 13, 2021

George Floyd's friend testified about his reaction when police approached the vehicle

Shawanda Hill, a friend of George Floyd, testified that Floyd offered her a ride from Cup Foods on May 25, 2020. She agreed and got into the car with him. She said he fell asleep while they were sitting in the car. Hill said that she was able to wake him up but then he nodded off again.

She said that she was able to wake him up a second time when police approached the vehicle.

On cross-examination, Hill testified about how Floyd reacted when the officers approached the car

"So when I tried to wake him up, he woke up the second time ... I kept saying, "baby, get up. The police is here." So he looked, and we look to the right, and the police tapped on the window with the flashlight. And I said Floyd, he turned back again...and I said, "Baby, that's the police, open the door, roll down the window, whatever. So he looked back, and he instantly knew, when you see the man had a gun at the window. He looked back to him. So he instantly grabbed the wheel, and he was like, "please please, don't kill me! Don't shoot me! Don't shoot me!"

George Floyd's friend describes when police approached the vehicle: