Minneapolis Police Chief says Chauvin violated dept. policies

07 Avril, 2021, 01:39 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • In this image from video witness Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testifies as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides Monday

A Minneapolis Police Department use-of-force trainer testified in the trial of Derek Chauvin Tuesday and said the former officer was not following his training when he kept his knee on the neck of George Floyd for more than nine minutes.

Mr Chauvin faces three charges over the death of Mr Floyd last May. "And it is certainly not part of our ethics or our values".

Former officer Derek Chauvin underwent training in 2016 and 2018 on how to defuse tense situations with people in crisis and how police must use the least amount of force necessary to get someone to comply, the jury at Chauvin's murder trial was told today.

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.

Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo testified on Monday that Chauvin violated training policies by kneeling on Floyd's neck after he had stopped resisting.

The judge said he was considering allowing Mr. Nelson to only ask Mr. Hall about whether Mr. Floyd had fallen asleep in the vehicle, a possible reaction to drug use.

The May 25 incident past year triggered widespread protests against police treatment of minorities in the USA and around the world.

Nelson has argued that the now-fired white officer "did exactly what he had been trained to do over his 19-year career", and he has suggested that the illegal drugs in Floyd's system and his underlying health conditions are what killed him, not Chauvin's knee.

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

Prosecutor Steve Schleicher noted that while some people may become more risky under the influence of drugs or alcohol, some may actually be "more vulnerable".

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He has denied the charges against him. He repeatedly said he was claustrophobic.

"Per policy, a neck restraint is compressing one or both sides of the neck, using an arm or a leg".

"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.

George Floyd's death sparked a global movement of protest and desire for change. He recently informed the court that he will invoke the Fifth Amendment if asked to testify in the ongoing trial of Chauvin, who has been accused of murder and manslaughter in the May 2020 death of Floyd.

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 if Mercil agreed that a crowd jeering police officers will raise alarms within the officers.

Under cross-examination by Chauvin's lawyer Eric Nelson, Mercil acknowledged that, in his experience, there have been times when suspects, who he was in the process of detaining, were lying about having a medical emergency.

But prosecutors quickly got Mr 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.

Mr Mercil told the court that officers are trained to use force in proportion to a suspect's level of resistance and it was "very important to be careful with the person", especially when dealing with sensitive parts of the body like the head and neck.

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