A jury on Wednesday saw a body camera footage of a Minneapolis police officer showing how the first confrontation over allegations of misdemeanor last year swirled. George Floyd Two other police officers held him down and begged for his life under the police officer’s lap.
Police stations across the country have been striving for years to train police officers to avoid violence. In 2016, Minneapolis police rewrote the use of armed policy to emphasize “sanctity of life” and began deescalation training to calm people to prevent violence.
Why was Floyd arrested?
A Cup Foods cashier told the manager that he believed Floyd used a counterfeit $ 20 bill to pay for a pack of cigarettes. Police were called in and cashier 19-year-old Christopher Martin saw Floyd arrested outside the store. “Distrust — and guilt.”
But did the police have to arrest Floyd in the first place?
Mylan Masson, who once led police training at the Hennepin Institute of Technology and worked for the Minnesota Police Department, said that the crime of trying to use the counterfeit bill was a simple misdemeanor under Minnesota law and could often be dealt with with a ticket. Said. Over 20 years of executive standards and training committee.
Mr Masson said police should have asked if Floyd knew the bill was counterfeit and if he owned someone else.
After police handcuffed Floyd, they tried to put him behind the police car.
Masson wondered why they decided to arrest him, saying, “He didn’t seem to hurt others.”
Why didn’t the officer break through the situation?
Floyd repeatedly said he was claustrophobic because he had a hard time avoiding being pushed into a police car.I hear a policeman taunting Floyd Body camera image He crouched in the car and bent his body in an arch. At some point, Floyd threw his upper body out of the car and police tried to push him back.
According to Masson, putting someone behind an air-conditioned police car can calm you down, especially on hot days. But that clearly didn’t apply to Floyd.
Upon arriving in the backseat, he twisted and hit, and the policeman eventually pulled him out and fixed it to the ground. Floyd thanked the police officer who took him out of the police car.
Police deescalation tactics focus on relieving tensions to avoid violence.
Geoffrey Alpert, a professor of criminology at the University of South Carolina, said: “I didn’t hurry or make a momentary decision. There was no reason to push things.”
Both Alpert and Masson said they were claustrophobic and questioned why police refused to put Floyd in large vehicles such as ambulances and vans.
Why is it important in court?
Derek Chauvin, 45, has been charged with murder and manslaughter for Floyd’s death. Prosecutors said the fired police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, complaining that he could not breathe. The most serious accusations against Chauvin involve up to 40 years in prison.
Prosecutors claim that Floyd’s death was caused by Chauvin’s knees. However, lawyers claimed that Chauvin had been trained and instead blamed Floyd’s illegal substance use, heart disease, high blood pressure, and adrenaline flowing through his body.
Alex Piquero, chairman of the University of Miami’s Department of Sociology, said it was important for prosecutors to show that Chauvin, along with other officers, had made a series of decisions that would lead to Floyd’s death.
He said police officers often work with limited information and must make decisions quickly. But he said it was clear that whatever happened before Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck, it was wrong.
“This is not a way to deal with anyone who seems to be trying to pass counterfeit banknotes,” he said.
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