Minneapolis police chief to testify against Chauvin

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 5, 2021

The teacher live-streamed the trial and had the students serve as a mock jury.

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.

The students were apparently told to follow the same instructions that the real jury was asked to follow by the judge while trying Derek Chauvin. "Approximately 10 to 15 percent decrease in survival for every minute that CPR is not administered."'Totally Unnecessary': Cops Desert Derek Chauvin on the Witness StandLangenfeld said Floyd's heart was not beating to a "degree sufficient to sustain life" when he was brought in, prompting his team to perform several life-saving measures, including chest compressions and artificial airways, as they tried to revive him.After about 30 minutes, however, they declared him dead.

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

"Mr. George Floyd's tragic death was not due to a lack of training - the training was there", Arradondo said, at the time. The teacher further wrote, "Therefore, every day, your child will be attentive to the actual trial, listening and paying attention to the evidence of both sides, defense and prosecution, during the trial".

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.

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo is expected to testify during the trial's second week, perhaps as early as Monday. The first week was dominated by emotional testimony from eyewitnesses and video of Floyd's arrest, in which the man could be heard crying out 'momma!' while being restrained by Chauvin.

It was only after the parents complained to school officials that the teacher allegedly sent a letter home, explaining the classroom assignment. On Friday, school district officials issued a statement that the project has been called off. Parties to the case said in court on Monday that Arrodondo would testify later in the day.

'The assignment was not approved by campus or district administrators, ' it stated.

They also added, "The matter has been addressed with the teacher, and the assignment was removed".

Cedar Hill Principal Jason Miller reportedly sided with the parents. ABC also quoted Dr BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, a clinical psychologist and executive director of the African American Child Wellness Institute, saying that rewatching the video during the trial might result in vicarious or secondary trauma.

Garrett-Akinsanya said, "Symptoms of vicarious or secondary trauma include, but may not be limited to, difficulty managing emotions, feeling emotionally numb or shut down, experiencing fatigue, sleep disturbances, flashbacks or intrusive memories, physical problems or complaints, such as aches, pains and decreased resistance to illness".

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