Trial in Floyd's Death Expected To Turn To Ex-Cop's Training

05 Avril, 2021, 21:21 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • LIVE UPDATES: Derek Chauvin trial continues Monday

The trial saw Chauvin - a former Minneapolis police officer - plead not guilty to charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter.

A message that reads "Justice for George Floyd" is displayed in front of the former Minnesota National Guard armory near the Hennepin County Government Center as the city prepares for the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on March 28, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The defense argues that Chauvin did what he was trained to do and that Floyd's use of drugs and underlying health conditions caused his death.

Prosecutors in the second week of Derek Chauvin's trial are set to shift their focus from what happened to George Floyd last May to a closer analysis of what it means legally.

Floyd's treatment by police was captured on widely seen bystander video that sparked protests that rocked Minneapolis and quickly spread to other US cities and beyond and descended into violence in some cases. Two use-of-force experts are also expected to testify against Chauvin's actions on Monday.Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo was the first of these officials to testify on Monday, walking jurors through the various trainings required by his department‚ including de-escalation techniques."The goal is to resolve the situation as safely as possible". "Chauvin knew what he was doing".

The city moved soon after Floyd's death to ban police chokeholds and neck restraints.

Prosecutors have already called supervisory officers to build the case that Chauvin improperly restrained Floyd.

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"Totally unnecessary", Lt. Richard Zimmerman, the longest-tenured officer on the force, testified Friday. Arradondo agreed and acknowledged that this must also be taken into consideration when officers decide to use force. A duty sergeant and a lieutenant who leads the homicide division both questioned Chauvin's actions in pinning Floyd after officers responded to a report that Floyd had passed a counterfeit $20 bill.

Zimmerman, who joined the department in 1985, said he has never been trained to kneel on someone's neck if their hands are cuffed behind their back and they are in the prone position.

Genevieve Hansen, an off-duty firefighter who came on the scene as she was out for a walk, said she immediately recognized Floyd was in trouble and tried to offer help. Prosecutors stated that when Floyd was loaded into the ambulance, he had no pulse.The Hennepin County Medical Examiner concluded Floyd died of cardiac arrest from the restraint and neck compression, also noting that Floyd had heart disease and fentanyl in his system. Instead, Officer Tou Thao ordered her to stay on the sidewalk.

The emergency room doctor who pronounced George Floyd dead after trying to resuscitate him testified Monday that he theorized at the time that Floyd's heart most likely stopped because he didn't get enough oxygen.

"There was a man being killed", she said.

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