Chauvin 'trained to stay away from neck — George Floyd death

Modesto Morganelli
Апреля 6, 2021

It is rare for police chiefs to testify against their former officers and his testimony will be closely watched.

Instead of protecting a fellow officer in what is sometimes called the "blue wall of silence", some of the most experienced members of the Minneapolis force - including the police chief and the head of the homicide division - have taken the stand to openly condemn Chauvin's treatment of Floyd.

Chauvin, 45, is charged with second and third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd.

Monday marks the sixth day in Mr Chauvin's trial, which is expected to last for at least one month.

After describing the training that Chauvin, whom she said she's known for 20 years, has received throughout his career, Blackwell said his technique - kneeling on Floyd's neck while the Black man lay on his stomach - was not a maneuver the training operation taught.

One of their key witnesses, police chief Medaria Arradondo, testified on Monday that Mr Chauvin violated policies regarding the use of force.

"Is this a trained the Minneapolis police department when you were overseeing the training?" prosecutor Steven Schleicher asked. He also said Chauvin failed in his duty to render first aid before the ambulance arrived and that he violated policy requiring officers to de-escalate tense situations if they can to avoid or minimize the use of force.

Mr Chauvin's lawyer Eric Nelson has fought against that notion by emphasising that officers have to consider different factors while using force, such as potential threats from a nearby crowd. In June, he called Floyd's death a "murder" in response to an inquiry from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. As long as they do not obstruct police, onlookers "have the absolute First Amendment rights to record", he said.

Mr Mercil testified that based on the training that officers receive, Mr Chauvin should only have used that manner of neck restraint if there was "active aggression" involved.

Mr Nelson's main argument - that Mr Floyd died largely because of alleged drug usage and a weak heart, not because of the way Mr Chauvin treated him - will be ramped up in the coming days, as medical evidence about his death is presented.

Earlier on Monday, the court heard from Dr Bradford Wankhede Langenfeld, who served as Mr Floyd's primary caregiver on the night he died.

The defense has argued that Chauvin did what he was trained to do and that Floyd's use of illegal drugs and underlying health conditions caused his death.

He said that Mr Floyd had no ability to resist or show aggression once he was face down on the ground.

The physician's appearance in court follows testimony from two paramedics who said that Mr Floyd had no pulse and did not appear to be breathing when they arrived at the scene.

"When we talk about fast-evolving situations. a lot of the time we have the time to slow things down and reevaluate and reassess and go through this model", Yang said.

Floyd's treatment by the white officer was captured on widely seen bystander video that sparked protests around the US that descended into violence in some cases.

Police officers have rarely been convicted - if they are charged at all - for deaths that occur in custody, and the verdict in this trial is being seen as an indication of how the U.S. legal system will treat such cases in future.

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