Seeing Derek Chauvin’s defense “horrible” “putting George Floyd on trial”


Minneapolis is “at risk” over the outcome of Derek Chauvin’s trial, says Ilhan Omar

Omar: “We are all looking forward to how the trial will shake.” Chauvin Trial, Week 1: Vivid testimony and focus on power Five days after Derek Chauvin’s trial, The family pays homage to George Floyd Square. Photo: Democrat Ilhan Omar said residents remained “edge” about the outcome when the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin entered the second week with the death of Octavio Jones / Reuters George Floyd. Said that. On Sunday on CNN’s show, Omar recalled that trials involving police officers were rarely convicted, saying, “You and your city are prepared for the possibility of a jury being hanged or acquitted. Are you? ” “The community is on the edge about it,” Omar said. “We’ve seen for years that justice hasn’t been realized in our community. I’m confident. [state] In this case, Attorney General Keith Ellison and the prosecutor are looking forward to seeing how the trial will take place. “It’s really scary to see the defense bring George Floyd to trial on behalf of a former police officer charged with his murder,” Floyd, 46, told Chauvin last May. He died when he knelt on his neck for more than 9 minutes during his arrest. The killings sparked international protests against police atrocities and racial injustice. Most of the protests were peaceful, but some became violent in Minneapolis and other cities. Chauvin has been charged with two unintentional murders, three murders, and two manslaughter charges. He pleaded not guilty. The other three police officers will face separate trials. On Monday, prosecutors are expected to summon police chief Medallia Aradondo as a witness. It is rare, if not unheard of, for a police chief to testify to a former officer. Experts said Aradondo’s testimony may open the door to more chiefs being called in the future. “He will tell you that Mr. Chauvin’s actions did not match the training of the Minneapolis Police Department,” prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told the jury in the opening statement. “He doesn’t carve words. He’s very clear. He would be very decisive: this was excessive force.” Chauvin’s testimony was the decision that Chauvin would kneel on Floyd’s neck. It is expected to be a powerful tool for prosecutors as it seeks to refute the defense’s claim that it is in line with the guidance on the use of force. Dr. Cedric Alexander, a former police chief and public security director in DeKalb County, Georgia, told The Guardian this week that Aradondo is “a fairly notable move on the part of the prosecution.” “It’s very rare to see a chief appear on the defense or prosecution,” he said. “But each of these types of events brings a unique set of situations. And in this particular case where you have a knee around your neck and it is questioned,” it is trained. Was it a good technique? ”Being able to welcome a police chief … It will obviously be important to testify under an oath. Former U.S. Attorney General Laurie Robinson, who co-chaired Barack Obama’s Task Force on Policing in the 21st Century, was launched after Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. Stated. “This may be the most difficult job of a police chief in the country at the moment, among the tensions over this trial, the pressure from the community to deal with the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, the demand for department changes, and the protection of the community. No. It’s dealing with increased gun violence and crime. ”Aradondo isn’t the only Minneapolis officer to testify that Shovin’s actions deviated from the department’s policy. Lieutenant Richard Zimmerman, who heads the murder department, testified on Friday that he had not been trained to kneel and detain arrests for 40 years in the military. “If your knees are on a person’s neck, it can kill them,” he said. “When a person is cuffed, the threat level goes down a lot. They are cuffed, how can they really hurt you?” Floyd handcuffs him before police drive him to the ground. Was done. “If that was what they felt, I didn’t see why police officers felt they were at risk,” Zimmerman said. “And that’s what they have to feel to use that level of power.” Zimmerman wrote to the residents of Minneapolis a month after Floyd’s death and “sincerely condemned” Chauvin’s actions. Was one of the 14 police officers who said. When witnesses spoke and the video of Floyd’s death was shown, many in the city felt traumatized during the first week of the trial. “It was really hard,” Omar told CNN. “I think what remains to me is the fact that everyone in the witness position said they were helpless. That’s the feeling we really know here in Minneapolis when it comes to police abuse. . “…[The trial] For many of us, we have just unearthed so much trauma. But we have each other. And we will get over it. Additional report by Oliver Ruffland

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