Published: Tue, April 06, 2021
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Minneapolis police head: Kneeling on Floyd's neck violated restraint policy

Minneapolis police head: Kneeling on Floyd's neck violated restraint policy

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.

"It's not part of our training, and it is certainly not part of our ethics and our values", Chief Medaria Arradondo told the jury as prosecutors sought to undermine a central plank of Chauvin's defence. The video sparked global protests against police brutality.

Chauvin, 45, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and manslaughter.

On Monday, under questioning from prosecutor Matthew Frank, Arradondo said it's the police department's policy that officers should consider minimizing physical force during an arrest even while force is being used to restrain a suspect.

The chief of the Minneapolis police department has said Derek Chauvin violated policy when he pinned George Floyd beneath his knee for more than nine minutes.

He also castigated Chauvin in a statement previous year, saying: "This was murder - it wasn't a lack of training".

Parties to the case said in court on Monday that Arrodondo would testify later in the day.

"While it is absolutely imperative that our officers go home at the end of their shift, we want to make sure our community members do too", he also said. "That has to count for something". Arradondo agreed and acknowledged that this must also be taken into consideration when officers decide to use force.

Chauvin did not follow his training in several different ways, Arradondo said.

After walking through the levels of training recruits, cadets and ongoing training officers receive, Chief Arradondo was asked to quantify how much training officers get in his department.

As jurors watched in rapt attention and scribbled notes, Arradondo testified not only that Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the force, should have let Floyd up sooner, but that the pressure on Floyd's neck did not appear to be light to moderate, as called for under the department's neck-restraint policy; that 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 with no or minimal force if they can.

He said, 'It is relevant because it shows Mr Chauvin's demenaor and actions immediately following Mr Floyd being removed to the hospital and I think that is relevant'.

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.

Langenfeld, an emergency physician, told the jury he took over Floyd's care.

This may help prosecutors, who have suggested they will argue that asphyxiation was the cause of Mr Floyd's death - contrasting the ruling of the medical examiner who said Mr Floyd died of "cardiopulmonary arrest", which means a person's heart and lungs have stopped.

Dr Langenfeld told the court, "Any amount of time that a patient spends in cardiac arrest without CPR markedly decreases the chances of survival" before explaining that those chances dropped by 10 to 15 percent with each passing minute. Langenfeld said he came to the conclusion that Floyd likely died because he was deprived of oxygen.

The first five days of his trial featured emotional testimony from bystanders who witnessed Floyd's arrest and repeatedly urged Chauvin to remove his knee from Floyd's neck.

Nelson, Chauvin's attorney, asked Langenfeld whether some drugs can cause hypoxia, or insufficient oxygen. Langenfeld agreed it could.

Courteney Ross, Floyd's girlfriend, described their struggle battling opioid addiction.

Prosecutors allege that Chauvin's actions - particularly kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes - led to Floyd's death.

Some parents of students attending Cedar Hill High School in suburban Dallas were shocked to learn last week that their children have been shown portions of the high-profile trial, including video of Chauvin's kneeling on Floyd's neck. The white officer is accused of pinning his knee on the 46-year-old man's neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds, as Floyd lay face-down in handcuffs outside a corner market, where had been accused of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill for a pack of cigarettes.

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