George Floyd death: Seventh day of Chauvin murder trial begins

Brunilde Fioravanti
Апреля 7, 2021

The trial of Derek Chauvin is set to resume on Tuesday, a day after the Minneapolis police chief testified that the police officer clearly violated department policy when he pinned Floyd's neck beneath his knee for more than 9 minutes.

Arradondo later described Floyd's death last May as "murder".

Prosecutors have suggested that asphyxiation was the cause of Mr Floyd's death - contrasting with the ruling of the medical examiner who said Mr Floyd died of "cardiopulmonary arrest", which means a person's heart and lungs have stopped.

He continued: "It is certainly not part of our ethics or our value".

Instead of closing ranks to protect a fellow officer behind what has been dubbed the "blue wall of silence", some of the most experienced members of the Minneapolis force have taken the stand to openly condemn Chauvin's actions as excessive.

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo addresses the media in June 2020 where he discussed police reforms. 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.

"It's recognizing that when we get the call from our communities, it may not often be their best day, and they may be experiencing something that's very traumatic", the chief said.

The May 25 incident a year ago triggered widespread protests against police treatment of minorities in the US and around the world.

A sergeant has admitted officers could have ended their restraint against George Floyd earlier than they did.

In testimony later that day, Arradondo agreed when prosecutor Steve Schleicher said that some people become more vulnerable when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Records also show that Chauvin took in-service training in the use of force in October 2018.

In this image from video defense attorney Eric Nelson left and defendant former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin
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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. Video captured by a bystander showed the handcuffed Floyd repeatedly say he couldn't breathe.

"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.

His death sparked the Black Lives Matter protests around the world.

Hall is seen as a potentially important witness for the defense of police officer Derek Chauvin, who was seen in a phone video kneeling on the neck of Floyd for more than nine minutes.

The officers also rebuffed offers of help from an off-duty Minneapolis firefighter who wanted to administer aid or tell officers how to do it.

He asked whether officers need to take the actions of a crowd into account, police chief Arradondo agreed.

"No, sir", Mr. Mercil replied, saying that he agreed with Mr. Nelson that it appeared to be a prone hold an officer would apply with their knee.

Mr. Floyd was handcuffed and face down during the arrest, as Mr. Chauvin knelt on his neck, while two other officers restrained his back and legs.

But prosecutors quickly got Arradondo to note that the clip played by Nelson depicted only the few seconds before Floyd was moved onto a stretcher.

Minneapolis police Inspector Katie Blackwell, commander of the training division at the time of Floyd's death, also took the stand on Monday.

"We tell officers to stay away from the neck when possible", he said, adding that officers are told to place body weight on a suspect's shoulders when reasonable.

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