MINNEAPOLIS—As a jury watched video footage of George Floyd’s death, his family members watched along with them in the Minneapolis courthouse where the former police officer charged in his death is being tried.
During the first week of testimony, prosecutors repeatedly played the bystander videos, security footage and body-camera recordings of the deadly May 25 encounter between Mr. Floyd and former officer Derek Chauvin, and questioned witnesses who were there that day.
“It hit me hard, it hit me hard,” Rodney Floyd, Mr. Floyd’s youngest brother, said of watching the trial, whether seated as the one family member allowed to sit in the courtroom or gathered with other family members in a private viewing room inside the courthouse.
When he sat in the courtroom on March 31, Rodney Floyd looked down, holding his hands and shaking his head, as video played of George Floyd struggling with officers as they tried to put him in a squad car.
Some said they had to leave the viewing room when video of Mr. Floyd’s death played. Others have avoided the courthouse altogether, saying they can’t bear to see Mr. Chauvin, the first of four former officers involved in Mr. Floyd’s arrest to go on trial.