Minneapolis police chief testified that former police officer Derek Chauvin violated the authorities’ enforcement policy during the arrest of George Floyd.
Chief Medalia Aradondo said Chauvin’s detention of Floyd was inconsistent with training and “certainly not part of our ethics and values.”
The chief fired Chauvin and three other police officers a few days after Floyd’s death in May last year.
Chauvin has been tried for murder and has denied accusations against him.
Last year, footage of Caucasian Chauvin, who knelt on African-American Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, sparked a global protest against racism.
Monday is the sixth day of Chauvin’s trial and is expected to last at least a month.
What did the police chief say?
Prosecutors trying to prove that Mr. Chauvin’s actions violated his training focused his questions on the department’s guidelines and strategies taught to help police officers make the situation worse. It was.
Mr Aradondo told the court that he should not have been detained in the way police used, “and certainly after he was suffering,” after Floyd stopped resisting.
He said the type of restraint used by Chauvin, 45, came “after the resistance disappeared, after Floyd became unresponsive, and apparently stuck.”
“It is by no means, by policy, shape or shape not part of our training, and certainly not part of our ethics and values.”
Aradondo also said police officers rarely detained suspects who passed the counterfeit bill, as Floyd did.
“Talking about how to get out of the situation” is always better than using force, the police chief said, adding that police may seek “community help” when possible.
Defendant lawyer Eric Nelson asked Aradondo about a policeman wielding a weapon to overcome the situation, as Chauvin held a pepper spray over a spectator.
“Sometimes police take out his gun and say I’m going to use my power if you don’t listen to me,” Nelson said.
The chief agreed that it was in line with the policy to make occasional gestures in such a way as to retreat the suspect.
When shown at various angles of Nelson’s arrest, Chauvin also said that Chauvin appeared to have moved his knees to Floyd’s scapula shortly before the arrival of rescue workers.
Who is Chief Aradondo?
Mr. Aradondo joined the army in 1989. He became the city’s first African-American police chief in 2017.
Last June, Mr. Aradondo said Floyd’s “tragic death was not due to lack of training, training was there.” He called Floyd’s death a “murder,” and Chauvin said in the last few minutes he “knew that Floyd was unresponsive.”
This is not the first time Mr. Aradondo has testified to a former officer.As Assistant Chief, he testified to Patrolman Mohammed Noor. Killing Australian woman Justin Damond in 2017..
Early in his career, he denounced his ability to tolerate discriminatory practices and successfully sued the Minneapolis police, along with four other policemen.
Thick blue line
Analysis by Tara McKelvey of BBC News in Minneapolis
Police officers are allowed to use violence. It’s part of their job. Officers are rarely convicted if a suspect dies.
According to Philip Stinson of Bowling Green State University, of the thousands of police shots between 2005 and 2014, only about 40 police officers were convicted of murder or manslaughter. was.
On Monday, the prosecutor tried to beat the odds. The appearance of the main witness, Chief Medallia Aradondo, was unusual. He is one of the few police chiefs to speak to a former officer.
However, even with Mr. Aradondo’s testimony, he may oppose the prosecutor.
The jury understands that police are using force on a daily basis, and it is difficult to convince them that police have crossed the line.
What else happened in court?
On Monday, the court was also contacted by Dr. Bradford Wankederangenfeld, who declared Floyd’s death 30 minutes after arriving at the Hennepin Country Medical Center.
Dr. Lagenfeld said he believed that Floyd’s death was due to a lack of oxygen called choking.
Prosecutors suggest that suffocation is the cause of Floyd’s death. This is in contrast to the Inspector General’s ruling that Floyd died of “cardiopulmonary arrest,” which means that the human heart and lungs have stopped.
Chauvin’s defense team claimed that drug use and underlying heart disease contributed to Floyd’s death.
The doctor’s appearance in court follows testimony from two emergency medical personnel who stated that Mr. Floyd had no pulse and did not seem to breathe when he arrived at the scene.
Why is this case so important?
Images of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck were seen all over the world, sparking Mass demonstrations against racism and police atrocities.
Police officers are rarely convicted or prosecuted for deaths in custody, so the verdict in this case shows how the U.S. legal system will handle such cases in the future. Is considered to be.