Never-before-seen surveillance footage shows George Floyd acting peculiar, but jovial, before he handed over a counterfeit $20 bil
Never-before-seen surveillance footage shows George Floyd acting peculiar, but jovial, before he handed over a counterfeit $20 bill at a Minneapolis convenience store — which led to his fatal confrontation with city cops.
The newly-released video from May 25, aired Wednesday during the murder trial of ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin in Floyd’s death, shows an animated Floyd inside the Cup Foods store with two companions — laughing and dancing.
He also seems to be joking with store employees on a few occasions.
Store clerk Christopher Martin, 19, testified that the 46-year-old victim 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 then shows the moment Floyd handed 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 testified in Hennepin County District Court.
“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 twice.
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.
Viral video of the incident shows Chauvin pressing his knee to the neck of a handcuffed Floyd for nearly nine minutes.