At the time Floyd was handcuffed and eventually killed by Former Officer Derek Chauvin, he was wit two people, one of whom is speaking out against the police officers. Maurice Lester Hall gave his first interview since Floyd was killed and said that his friend “in no form or way” resisted arrest.
“I could hear him pleading, ‘Please, officer, what’s all this for?'” Hall told the New York Times on Wednesday. “I’m going to always remember seeing the fear in Floyd’s face because he’s such a king. That’s what sticks with me, seeing a grown man cry, before seeing a grown man die.”
Following the death of George Floyd, Hall left Minnesota and went home to Houston where he was arrested on Monday for outstanding warrants related to felony domestic assault, felony drug possession, and felony possession of a firearm according to the New York Times.
Hall told the newspaper that he wasn’t questioned by police about his outstanding warrants and was instead questioned until 3 a.m. about Floyd’s death. After the police interview, Hall was placed in jail for 10 hours before being released on Tuesday.
Hall will be an important figure in the eventual trial of the 4 officers who are being charged in Floyd’s death. Chauvin who was the officer kneeling on the victim’s neck had his charges upgraded to second-degree murder.
The other 3 officers who were arrested on Wednesday are being charged with aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder and aiding and abetting second degree manslaughter.