Police chief testifies Derek Chauvin’s actions were ‘in no way, shape or form’ justifiable: ‘That’s not what we teach’avril 5, 2021
Under official use of force rules, Derek Chauvin should have stopped kneeling on George Floyd’s neck once he stopped resisting arrest, Minneapolis Police Department chief Medaria Arradondo testified on Monday.
“Once Mr Floyd had stoped resisting, and certainly once he was in distress and trying to verbalize that, that should have stopped,” the chief said.
Police continued to kneel on Mr Floyd’s neck and back for more than nine minutes as he said 27 times that he couldn’t breathe, and they remained on top of him for multiple minutes when he was unconscious.
“Theres an initial reasonableness in trying to get him in control in the first few seconds,” Mr Arradondo continued. “Once there was no longer any resistance, and clearly when Mr Floyd was no longer responsive and even motionless, to continue to apply that level of force to a person proned out, handcuffed behind their back, that in no way shape or form is by policing, is not part of our training, and is certainly not part of our ethics or values.”