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Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo spoke on Monday during the trial of Derek Chauvin, the fired police officer accused of the death of George Floyd. He testified that Chauvin’s actions violated Minneapolis Police Policy. The jury also heard from another police official, Inspector Katie Blackwell, who oversaw the formation of the department. The two police officials testified that Chauvin’s restraint of George Floyd using his knee was not something Minneapolis officers learn.
Arradondo testified that there was an “initial reasonableness in simply trying to obtain [Floyd] under control “in the opening seconds of the deadly May 25 encounter. But when Floyd had ceased to resist and” clearly when Mr. Floyd was no longer responsive and even immobile, to continue to apply that level of force to a person at hand. earth, hands cuffed behind the back – that in any case the shape or form is not a matter of politics, “Arradondo said.” It is not part of our training and it is certainly not part of our ethics or our values. ”
Arradondo said Chauvin’s restraint should have ceased once Floyd stopped resisting, and “certainly once he was in distress and tried to verbalize it, [Chauvin] should have stopped. “
Previously, when interviewed by prosecutor Steve Schleicher, Arradondo stressed that the ministry values treating others with dignity and respect. When asked to explain the ministry’s purpose of “serving with compassion,” Arradondo said, “It means understanding and genuinely accepting that we see our neighbors as ourselves”.
“We like each other,” he said. “We see our community as necessary for our existence.”
Arradondo was also asked about the ministry’s de-escalation policy, which requires officers to seek to minimize the use of physical force. Of Chauvin’s restraint against Floyd, he said, “This action is not de-escalation.”
“When we speak of the framework of our sanctity of life [policy] and talking about the principles that we have, this action goes against what we are talking about, ”he said.
Earlier today, the emergency doctor who attempted to resuscitate Floyd spoke up and was asked how he believed Floyd was dead. Prosecutors said Floyd died of oxygen deprivation under pressure from Chauvin’s knee, but defense attorney Eric Nelson said Floyd’s drug use caused a fatal cardiac arrhythmia.
Two other members of the department spoke last week and criticized Chauvin’s use of force. Chauvin’s supervising sergeant said the force should have ceased as soon as Floyd stopped resisting, and the high-ranking lieutenant who heads the homicide unit called Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck “totally unnecessary” and “simply unnecessary”.
The court is scheduled to resume Tuesday with a hearing of the motions at 8:30 a.m. local time (9:30 a.m. ET).
Chauvin, who has been seen in disturbing videos kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, is charged with second degree murder,and second degree manslaughter. He pleaded not guilty.