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Defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, and defendant former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listen to witness testimony in the trial of Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Court TV/Pool/AP

The trial of former officer Derek Chauvin will resume Thursday at 9:15 a.m. local time.

Yesterday, jurors heard testimony from witnesses, and they saw body-camera footage from Minneapolis police officers.

If you’re just reading in, here’s what happened in court on day three of the trial:

Body-camera footage

Videos played in court Wednesday included the first publicly heard defense of Chauvin’s actions, in his own words. 

Chauvin is heard explaining his actions, saying, “We got to control this guy because he’s a sizable guy, and it looks like he is probably on something.”

Video showed George Floyd crying and begging officers to “please don’t shoot me” as they first approached him in a car. When he was taken outside, Floyd told the officer that he “didn’t know what was going on” and that he was “scared as f**k.”

A witness is also heard on the body-camera footage pleading with officers to check his pulse as Floyd was face down on the pavement.

“Bro, he’s not responsive right now,” one witness nearby can be heard yelling to officers off-camera. “Check his pulse, check his pulse.”

“He’s not moving,” another witness can also be heard yelling.

Emotional testimony

Charles McMillian, a man who watched officers detain Floyd, said he was telling Floyd to comply with police as they were trying to get him into the police car, saying “you can’t win.”

McMillian broke down on the stand during his testimony after watching graphic footage of Floyd’s arrest. The video showed officers trying to get Floyd into a squad car, then struggling with the police. Floyd can be heard in the footage saying he’s “claustrophobic” and struggling to breathe.

McMillian was one of the first bystanders on the scene and is heard on body-camera footage telling officers that Floyd “can’t breathe.”

Later, McMillian told Chauvin, “I don’t respect what you did.” McMillian also testified that he had seen Chauvin in South Minneapolis five days before the incident 

Cell phone video

Christopher Belfrey, a Minneapolis resident who was parking his car on the street corner when he saw officers approach a vehicle Floyd was in, said he shot cell phone video that showed Floyd handcuffed and sitting on the ground outside after officers pulled him from the car.

Belfrey said he started recording when he saw one of the officers draw his gun.

The store employee

Christopher Martin, who was working at Cup Foods when the incident happened, said he talked to Floyd while he was in the store, and testified that he believed Floyd was under the influence.

He said he sold Floyd cigarettes even though he could tell the $20 bill he was using was fake. When he told his manager about the bill, the manager instructed him to go out to Floyd’s car and try to get him to come back into the store twice. When Floyd did not want to come back in, Martin said the manager told another employee to call the police.

As security video from the street corner was played for the jury, Martin narrated the footage which showed one of his coworkers among the crowd watching the incident step off the sidewalk.

HLN’s Mike Galanos and CNN’s Omar Jimenez recap day 3 of the trial and offer a preview of what is to come today:

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