Later Mr Floyd calls out to tell his family members that he loves them.
A key witness who was with George Floyd on the day he died has informed the court that he will invoke the Fifth Amendment if asked to testify in Derek Chauvin's murder trial. "Mine was in my neck and his was in his back". "They said, if he keep talking, well, he can breathe", McMillian said.
Ross also said that both she and Floyd "both suffered with opioid addiction", acknowledging that drug use was a part of their relationship.
George Floyd's girlfriend on Thursday testified about his prior drug use at the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer facing murder and manslaughter charges over his death.
During the cross-examination of Ross, the defense asked Ross about the source of the opioids and other drugs that she and Floyd had taken. "Why you doing me like this?"
George Floyd's girlfriend smiled through tears as she told a jury on Thursday how they first met when he offered to pray with her, less than three years before his deadly arrest, and described how they both struggled with opioid addiction.
He said Mr Floyd "appeared to be high" because he struggled to respond to a simple question, but he was lucid enough to able to hold a conversation. "It's something I'll deal with forever", she said.
In March 2020, Ross drove Floyd to the emergency room because he was in extreme stomach pain, and she later learned he overdosed.
Floyd was a security guard at the Salvation Army at the time, and met Ross when she went to the shelter to check on her son's father.
But she suspected he began using again about two weeks before his death because his behavior changed: She said there would be times when he would be up and bouncing around, and other times when he would be unintelligible.
Ross described Floyd as "a mama's boy" - and she said he was hit hard by his mother's death in May 2018. "It's one of my favourite stories to tell".
The witness said she had gone to the shelter because her sons' father was staying there. He pointed out that she supposedly told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that she believed Floyd had overdosed on heroin last March and that the couple used pills in May that made her feel as if she was going to die.
"If I would have just not taken the bill, this could have been avoided", said Christopher Martin, a cashier at Cup Foods. "I just lost my mom" in Mr Lane's recording.
Defence attorneys often complain that such testimony allows prosecutors to play on jurors' emotions.
Thursday's testimony came a day after prosecutors played extensive video footage documenting the chain of events that culminated in Mr Floyd's death, beginning with his alleged use of a counterfeit $20 bill at a neighbourhood market to pay for a pack of cigarettes.
She said she and Mr Floyd got some pills in May, which gave her a "similar experience" to the pills in March.
It ended with Mr Chauvin pressing his knee into Mr Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes before he died.
The most serious charge against the now-fired officer carries up to 40 years in prison.
In some of the video, Mr Floyd can be heard calling out, "Mama!" repeatedly and saying, "Mama, I love you!".
At one point, Mr Floyd bucks forward, throwing his upper body out of the vehicle.
The video of Chauvin, who is white, with his knee on the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, went viral and sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality around the world.
"He wouldn't get out of the auto. He just wasn't following instructions", Officer Thomas Lane was recorded saying.
Another officer checked Mr Floyd's wrist for a pulse and said he could not find one.
Trial of officer accused of killing George Floyd.
Much of her testimony focused on the couple's addiction, seemingly an attempt by prosecutors to get out in front of the argument by Chauvin's lawyer that Floyd's drug use may have led to his death or caused him to struggle more with officers as they tried to put him in a police auto. "We gotta control, gotta control this guy because he's a sizable guy".
Floyd was 6-foot-4 and 223 pounds, according to the autopsy, which also found fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system. Chauvin's lawyer said the officer is 5 foot 9 inches and 140 pounds.
At one point, Eldridge asked McMillian if he needed "a minute", and paused the video. The defense argues Floyd's death was drug or health-related.
Cup Foods cashier Christopher Martin testified Wednesday that after Floyd left the store, his manager asked him to approach Floyd in the vehicle.
"I felt helpless", Mr McMillian said.