Minneapolis Police Chief Condemns Derek Chauvin's Use of Force on George Floyd

Lawrence Kim
Апреля 7, 2021

Inspector Katie Blackwell, who commands the Minneapolis Police Department's 5th Precinct and used to run the department's police training, methodically told the court on Monday that former officer Derek Chauvin went against authorized training when he used his knee on George Floyd's neck to pin him to the ground.

Arrondondo said continuing to kneel on Floyd's neck once he was handcuffed behind his back and lying on his belly was "in no way, shape or form" part of department policy or training, "and it is certainly not part of our ethics or our values".

Mercil said officers are trained in how to get control of a suspect by using their arms on the side of a person's neck to slow blood flow to the brain.

Prosecutors argue Chauvin, who is White, killed Floyd by kneeling on the 46-year-old Black man's neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds as he lay face-down in handcuffs outside a corner market.

He also said there have been times when a suspect who was unconscious, became conscious.

Stiger said that after reviewing video of the arrest, "my opinion was that the force was excessive". "You want to use the least amount of force necessary to meet your objectives of control".

In fact, Nelson sought to point out moments in the video footage when he said Chauvin's knee did not appear to be on Floyd's neck.

On Monday, Minneapolis police Chief Medaria Arradondo took the stand. Arradondo, the city's first Black chief, fired Chauvin and three other officers the day after Floyd's May 25 death.

"Does this appear to be a neck restraint?" Nelson has suggested that onlookers - many of whom were shouting at Chauvin - might have affected officers' response.

In this image from video defense attorney Eric Nelson left and defendant former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin
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The police chief said officers in his department receive extensive annual training, including in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and crisis intervention tactics, regardless of how long they have been in the job.

Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd.

Mr. Nelson, who has repeatedly portrayed the crowd of onlookers as an obstacle to the treatment of Mr. Floyd, asked her if an unruly crowd might make it hard for an officer to assess whether a person was in medical distress and even make it unsafe to begin medical treatment. She said yes, but then was asked by prosecutors whether an unruly crowd excused an officer's duty to render aid.

"And get off of them", Schleicher said.

Mr. Hall was in the vehicle with Mr. Floyd on the day that he was arrested.

Floyd's girlfriend, Courteney Ross, testified last week that she and Floyd struggled with opioid addiction, and that she thought Hall sometimes illegally sold pills to Floyd. Even so, the judge said Hall should be able to testify on Floyd's condition in the vehicle and whether he fell asleep suddenly after possibly taking opioid pills.

Mr Chauvin's defence team has contended that alleged drug use and an underlying heart condition contributed to Mr Floyd's death.

Prosecutors are seeking to prove that Mr Chauvin's actions violated his training and have focused their questions on police guidelines and strategies taught to help officers de-escalate situations. The judge said he would allow Mr. Nelson to draft questions on that topic for the sake of further discussion on Thursday. The trial is expected to take several breaks throughout the day.

Ms. Cousins said Mr. Hall's testimony could leave him open to a charge of third-degree murder liability for someone involved in drug activity in which there is an eventual overdose.

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