Ben Crump, who represents Floyd’s family, told CNN’s Jim Acosta that as a Black man — who also has been a civil rights attorney the entirety of his professional life — he believes Chauvin will be convicted.
“My heart has been broken before, dealing with the American legal system,” Crump said.
“My instincts were telling me that something’s wrong. Something was not right. I don’t know what, but something wasn’t right,” Scurry said she thought as she watched the video. “It was an extended period of time.”
“It says something when you have the highest-ranking police officials in Minneapolis Police Department also saying this is a bridge too far,” Crump said. “You knew you weren’t supposed to keep a human being facedown like that where they could not breathe. And yet, you did it and you did it even after he had become unconscious.”
“It’s going to antagonize them over and over when (defense attorneys) try to tell them that his cause of death was not what they saw in this video, but some trace amounts of drugs that was found in his system,” Crump said. The family expects it, he added, and they are prepared for the defense’s strategy.
Chauvin’s trial is scheduled to continue Monday.
CNN’s Ray Sanchez, Eric Levenson and Aaron Cooper contributed to this report.