New video shows George Floyd acting peculiar in store before death
George Floyd “appeared to be high” when he handed over a counterfeit $20 bill in a Minneapolis convenience store, a clerk testified Wednesday — as never-before-seen surveillance footage shows him acting peculiar moments before his fatal confrontation with police.
The newly-released video from May 25, aired Wednesday during the murder trial of ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, shows an animated Floyd inside the Cup Foods store with two companions, dancing and acting boisterous.
He also seemed to be acting fidgety and on edge at times, repeatedly counting money and reaching into his pockets.
Store clerk Christopher Martin, 19, testified that the 46-year-old victim had trouble speaking and appeared to be under the influence.
“When you were communicating with him, what was his demeanor like?” Minnesota Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank asked during direct examination.
“When I asked him if he played baseball he went on to respond,” Martin answered. “But it kind of took him a little long to get to what he was trying to say. So, it appeared that he was high.”
The footage, which does not have audio, then shows the moment Floyd hands over the phony bill after exchanging words with the clerk.
“When I saw the bill I noticed that it had a blue pigment to it, kind of like a $100 bill would have,” Martin said.
“So, I found that odd,” the worker said. “I assumed it was fake.”
The Cup Foods footage shows Martin confronting Floyd in the background before Floyd then leaves the store and walks out onto Chicago Avenue.
Martin said store policy is that if an employee takes a counterfeit bill they have to pay for it out of the paycheck, so he went outside to confront Floyd and two other people in his SUV on two occasions.
He said one of Floyd’s companions — later identified as Maurice Hall — had tried to pass a similar bill earlier in the day but he rejected it.
Asked why he didn’t also reject Floyd’s fake bill, Martin said it was partly because Floyd seemed to be under the influence.
“I thought that George didn’t really know it was a fake bill,” he said.
Martin said he later went outside the store again after seeing the commotion and saw police restraining the victim — after his coworker called the authorities.
He said he felt “disbelief and guilt.”
“If I would’ve just not taken the bill this could’ve been avoided,” he said.
He said he shot footage of the arrest on his mobile phone but later deleted it because he didn’t want to have to answer questions about it.
The teen store worker is the latest prosecution witness at the trial, which began Monday.
Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the case and could face up to 40 years in prison.
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