Nelson, on direct, used his questions to try showing that Floyd was resistant to police commands in May 2019. Thoroughout the trial, Nelson has been trying to elicit testimony that will support his position that Floyd died from health problems, not the officers’ actions during the May 2020 arrest.
“I approached the vehicle on the passenger side. The passenger window was down. I start giving the individual that was in the passenger seat commands several times”, recalls Creighton, who is now retired, of the May 2019 arrest.
“The passenger was unresponsive and non-compliant to my commands”.
Creighton testifies that he had “to physically reach in… ‘cause I wanted to see his hands.” Floyd was removed from the vehicle and handcuffed.
“In my mind his behavior was very nervous, anxious”.
“Did you draw your service weapon?” Nelson asks.
“Yes, I did.”
Nelson introduces Creighton’s body-worn camera footage from that day. He says “I don’t plan on shooting you” and his service weapon is visible in the frame.
“Keep your hands where I can f—-n’ see them!” Creighton says at one point while telling Floyd to put his hands on the dashboard.
“I’m not going to shoot you,” he also says.
This video does show Floyd resisting.
On cross, the prosecution asks Creighton questions to indicate that Floyd was not in medical stress during this arrest, in an effort to undermine Nelson’s health problem-oriented defense.
“Was he awake during this incident?” the prosecution asks.
“Was he conscious?
“Yes,” Creighton says, later noting, “He was incoherent in my mind.”
Cahill told jurors that Creighton’s testimony was not about Floyd’s character.
With Creighton’s testimony completed, Nelson has called the defense’s next witness, Michelle Moseng. She is a retired Minneapolis paramedic who was called to assist Floyd following his May 2019 arrest.
“It was quite hard to assess him,” Moseng testifies. “He was upset and confused.” Nelson then asks her whether Floyd told her he had taken drugs.
“He told me that he had been taking multiple, like every 20 minutes, and it was, I don’t remember if it was oxy or Percocet, but it was opioid-based,” she says.