Donald Williams, Key Witness in Derek Chauvin Trial
During Derek Chauvin’s trial for George Floyd’s death, Donald Williams emotionally testified on Tuesday. He shared his conversation with the 911 dispatcher while on the stand.
In video footage of the trial, Williams, a professional mixed martial arts fighter, tearfully remembered the day Floyd died. He spoke about his reason for calling 911 even though there were officers on the scene. Williams became emotional when listening to the call in court.
“That is correct, I did call the police on the police,” Williams remarked. When asked why, he responded “because I believe I witnessed a murder.”
Williams wiped tears from his face after the playing of 911 conversation.
“Y’all murderers,” he can be heard saying on the phone call. “Y’all ni***s is murderers bro.” He continued, “they killed that man in front of the store.”
Answering Defense Questions From Derek Chauvin Defense
Then, Donald Williams was asked by Chauvin’s defense attorney asked Williams a tough question.
“Do you recall saying ‘I dare you to touch me like that, I swear I’ll slap the f*** out of you.’”
William’s responded, “yeah, I did. I meant it.”
He continued to defend his actions as the DA attempted to portray him as angry. “I matured personally and professionally. I remained composed. You can’t label me as angry.”
Lasting Words from Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell
Chauvin’s trial began on Monday with prosecutor Jerry Blackwell. They focused on the amount of time the former officer’s knee remained on Floyd’s neck. Recall that Floyd begged for his life as he died.
Blackwell informed the jurors that Chauvin persisted and didn’t relent, even after Floyd pleaded 27 times that he couldn’t breathe until he stopped moving.
“He pressed his knees on his neck and back, grinding and crushing him until his very breath, no ladies and gentlemen, until his very life, was squeezed out,” Blackwell explained.
America will watch and pray for justice for George Floyd’s family.