911 dispatcher testifies at Chauvin trial, says she knew "something was not right"

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 30th, 2021 3:45 pm

Last Updated Apr 1st, 2021 at 7:09 pm

A Minneapolis police dispatcher said that she knew "something was not right" during the arrest of George Floyd, making the remark as the first witness to testify in the court case of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Chauvin, 45, has been charged with unintentional second-degree murder, third degree murder, and manslaughter for his role in the death of Floyd last year.

Minneapolis police dispatcher Jena Scurry was the first to testify in the case, the first ever to be televised in Minnesota. Scurry said that she called a duty sergeant when she saw Floyd's arrest unfolding via a city surveillance camera, even though calling the sergeant was outside the scope of her normal duties. She said that her "instincts were telling me that something is wrong."

"You can call me a snitch if you want to," Scurry said in her call to the sergeant, which was played in court. "...I don't know if they had to use force or not, but they got something out of the back of the squad, and all of them sat on this man, so I don't know if they needed you or not, but they haven't said anything to me yet."


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