Derek Chauvin is on trial for George Floyd's death

Elias Hubbard
Апреля 5, 2021

He said that officers are required to be familiar with policies, including de-escalation. Arradondo and Mayor Jacob Frey have also made several policy changes, including expanding requirements for reporting use-of-force incidents and documenting their attempts to de-escalate situations even when force isn't used.

Arradondo, who in 2017 became the first black person to lead the city's police force, fired Chauvin and three other officers who were involved the day after Floyd's death, which led to global protests against police brutality. The doctor said that hypoxia, or low oxygen, was the most likely cause of Floyd's cardiac arrest based on the information he had at the time of his death. "Chauvin knew what he was doing".

The testimony comes as prosecutors began to shift their focus from what happened to Floyd to a closer analysis of what it means legally.

Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter charges, arguing that he did only what he was trained to do in his 19 years as a police officer, a defense that Arrodondo is expected to dispute.

Chauvin's trial in Minneapolis is expected to last six or seven weeks.

The prosecution has been calling a string of witnesses from the police department, including a senior officer who said on Friday that Chauvin's actions were "totally unnecessary".

The project entailed having the students watch the livestream of the trial, now entering its second week, for about 45 minutes in class, and then more at home on their own.

"We don't have the luxury of going up to a community member and saying, 'those 99 other calls I've been on went great, trust me, '" Arradondo said, adding that training is important because the "first time someone encounters a police officer may be the only time". "It would be reasonable to put a knee on someone's neck until they were not resisting anymore, but it should stop when they are no longer combative".

Nelson's strategy from the start has been to make this case about more than the 9mins 29 seconds during which Chauvin, 45, knelt on 46-year-old Floyd's neck. The defense claims that Chauvin was merely following his training as a police officer.

Freshman students were shown a livestream of the trial last week, including video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck (left).

The Hennepin County Medical Center doctor who treated Floyd and declared him dead last May testified Monday that he believed Floyd likely died of asphyxia.

Two paramedics who brought Floyd to the Hennepin County Medical Center after his arrest on May 25, 2020, told Dr. Bradford Langenfeld they had been trying to restart Floyd's heart for about 30 minutes without success.

"Asphyxia is a commonly understood term", Langenfeld responded.

Earlier Monday, Judge Peter Cahill spoke to jurors outside of the view of cameras about an allegation of juror misconduct.

The disturbing recording of Floyd being pinned down by Chauvin for almost nine minutes and saying "I can't breathe" has been widely circulated on social media and in news reports, and has ignited mass protests against police brutality and systemic racism.

Prosecutors have already called supervisory officers to build the case that Chauvin improperly restrained Floyd. Christopher Martin testified that when Floyd tried to pay for cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill, he initially considered "helping him out" and putting the cigarettes on his tab.

They heard from the nine-year-old, "sad and mad" by what she had seen May 25, 2020 when she went to Cup Foods to buy snacks and candy with her cousin, Darnella Frazier, the 17-year-old bystander who lifted up her cell phone and recorded the video that went viral.

'I don't feel that viewing and discussing this case in school is age-appropriate for scholars, ' Miller was said to have written in a note to families. "Because it felt like he was stopping his breathing, and it was kind of like hurting him".

Genevieve Hansen, an off-duty firefighter who came on the scene as she was out for a walk, said she immediately recognized Floyd was in trouble and tried to offer help. "I was desperate to give help".

Before he was pinned to the ground, a handcuffed and frantic Floyd struggled with police who were trying to put him in a squad auto, saying he was claustrophobic.

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