George Floyd news: Police chief says bystander video shows Derek Chauvin didn’t follow training

George Floyd news: Police chief says bystander video shows Derek Chauvin didn’t follow training

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Watch live as the Derek Chauvin trial continues

The murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd continued on Monday as it enters its second week.

After five days dominated by emotional testimony from eyewitnesses, the evidence turned towards the officer’s training.

Chauvin’s defence team argues that the officer did what he was trained to do and that Floyd’s use of drugs and underlying health conditions caused his death. However his own colleagues and law enforcement officials have condemned the use of the knee restraint for nine minutes and 29 seconds, with veteran officer Derek Zimmerman describing it as “totally unnecessary”.

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified on Monday, and echoed what he said at the time of George Floyd’s death: that Derek Chauvin wasn’t following police procedure when he kneeled on his death. “Mr. George Floyd’s tragic death was not due to a lack of training — the training was there,” Arradondo said in June of 2020. “Chauvin knew what he was doing.”

Experts have described the prosecution’s decision to call the chief to give evidence against one of his own officers as very rare and “pretty remarkable”.

You can watch the trial live here.

Check out The Independent’s live updates and analysis below.

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Hello and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of day six of the Derek Chauvin trial.

Peter Stubley5 April 2021 12:59


Recap: Kneeling on George Floyd’s neck ‘totally unnecessary’

The first week of Derek Chauvin’s murder trial heard emotional witness testimony about the death of George Floyd, which was captured on bystander video as Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. The video sparked international outcry and protests against racism and police brutality. 

Today, as the second week gets underway, the prosecution case is expected to move on to evidence about the training Chauvin received before the incident.

It follows evidence on Friday from veteran Minneapolis police officer Richard Zimmerman, who said kneeling on George Floyd’s neck was ‘totally unnecessary’.

Peter Stubley5 April 2021 13:22


Police chief set to give evidence against Chauvin

One of the key prosecution witnesses in the case – who could give evidence as early as today – is Minneapolis Police chief Medaria Arradondo.

Mr Arradondo, the city’s first Black police chief, fired Chauvin and three other officers the day after Floyd’s death and the city later moved to ban police chokeholds and neck restraints.

In June the chief described the actions of his former officer as “murder” and added: “Mr. George Floyd’s tragic death was not due to a lack of training — the training was there…. Chauvin knew what he was doing.”

Outlining his case at the start of the trial, prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told jurors that the chief would not “mince any words”.

“He is going to tell you that Mr Chauvin’s conduct was not consistent with Minneapolis police department training,” Mr Blackwell said. “He’s very clear. He will be very decisive, that this was excessive force.”

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Peter Stubley5 April 2021 13:32


Prosecution move to call police chief ‘pretty remarkable’

It’s rare for the prosecution to call a police chief to give evidence against their own officer. Dr Cedric Alexander, the former police chief and public safety director of DeKalb county, Georgia, described it as a “pretty remarkable move”.

“It’s very rare that you’re going to see a chief either appear for the defense or the prosecution,” he told the Guardian. “But each one of these kinds of events brings its own set of circumstances. And in this particular case, where you have a knee to the neck and it’s being questioned ‘was that trained technique?’ To be able to have the chief of police… to under oath testify is clearly going to be of importance.”

Experts said it was unusual even taking into account that officers rarely face criminal prosecution. “They need to have someone from the agency say how bad that is,” Geoffrey Alpert, a criminology expert at the University of South Carolina, told Reuters.

Philip Stinson, a criminal justice professor at Bowling Green State University, said: “It may well be the city and the police department are trying to send a message to the community,” he said, “that we’re not tolerating police misconduct.”

Arradondo also testified in the trial of former officer Mohamed Noor, who shot 911 caller Justine Ruszczyk dead in South Minneapolis in July 2017. At that time he was assistant chief.

Peter Stubley5 April 2021 13:39


When will Minneapolis police chief give evidence?

Judge Peter Cahill told the court pool reporter that Minneapolis Police chief Medaria Arradondo will probably testify today – but that could change depending on the progress of the case.

A spokesperson for the Minneapolis Police Department said that the chief is on standby given the “fluctuating cadence of the trial.”

Peter Stubley5 April 2021 13:53


Cher apologises over George Floyd tweet

Away from the courtroom, Cher has apologised for a social media post in which she suggested she could have prevented the death of George Floyd.

Peter Stubley5 April 2021 14:01


Floyd family describes ‘heart wrenching’ courtroom experience

George Floyd’s family are finding the trial “heart-wrenching”, their attorney Ben Crump told CNN yesterday.

Only one member from the family is allowed to attend the trial in Minneapolis because of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.

Mr Crump said family members were prepared for the defense strategy of blaming Floyd’s drug use for his death, but added: “It’s going to antagonize them over and over when (defense attorneys) try to tell them that his cause of death was not what they saw in this video, but some trace amounts of drugs that was found in his system.”

He also said he believed Chauvin would be convicted, before admitting: “My heart has been broken before, dealing with the American legal system.”

George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd told MSNBC on Sunday that defense attorneys were trying to “assassinate” his brother’s character

Peter Stubley5 April 2021 14:15


Who are the leading prosecution and defence attorneys?

Here’s a quick explainer about the trial, focusing on the prosecution and defence teams.

Deciding the case is a jury of nine women and six men, with nine identified as white, four Black, and two of mixed race, ranging in age from 20s to 60s.

Mr Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Peter Stubley5 April 2021 14:31


As the trial of Officer Derek Chauvin resumes, Mr Chauvin’s defense is trying to set some limits on what testimony is heard today.

“I’m concerned that the state is pigeonholing expert testimony in through these officers,” defense attorney Eric Nelson told Judge Peter Cahill on Monday morning.

Prosecutors are trying to introduce testimony from Minneapolis Police Department training officers, who they say can provide insight into what Officer Chauvin knew was appropriate or inappropriate when he restrained George Floyd.

Nathan Place5 April 2021 15:46


Doctor says oxygen deprivation seemed to be cause of Floyd’s cardiac arrest, not heart attack or overdose

Dr Bradford Langenfeld told prosecutors he believed oxygen deprivation was the reason for George Floyd’s cardiac arrest when he reached his hospital.

“I felt that hypoxia was one of the more likely possibilities,” Dr Langenfeld said, using a medical term for lack of oxygen.

When prosecutors asked if a drug overdose or heart attack seemed to be the cause, as Officer Chauvin’s defense has suggested, Dr Langenfeld played down both possibilities. The doctor said there was no report of Mr Floyd showing symptoms of a heart attack, such as chest pain or clutching his chest, or of him behaving in an “extremely agitated” state, as is common during excessive drug use.

“I didn’t have reason to believe that was the case here,” Dr Langenfeld said of the drug overdose scenario.

Nathan Place5 April 2021 16:11