Derek Chauvin trial coverage— live: George Floyd arrest violated policy, says police chiefavril 6, 2021
Watch live as murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin continues
The murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is scheduled to enter its seventh day at around 8:30am CT (2:30pm UK) on Tuesday, following an eventful day of witness testimony on Monday.
Several senior members of the Minneapolis police force testified against Mr Chauvin on Monday in a damning indictment of the former officer’s actions.
Under official police training, former Minneapolis police officer Chauvin should not have put his knee into George Floyd’s neck, and even if he did, he should have stopped once Mr Floyd stopped resisting arrest and eventually fell unconscious, they testified.
“Once Mr Floyd had stopped resisting, and certainly once he was in distress and trying to verbalise that, that should have stopped,” Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo told the court.
“There’s an initial reasonableness in trying to get him under control in the first few seconds,” the police chief 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 policy, is not part of our training, and is certainly not part of our ethics or values,” Mr Arradondo added.
More witness testimony is expected today, as the prosecution is scheduled to present evidence to the court.
Check out The Independent’s live updates and analysis below.
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Josh Marcus6 April 2021 16:30
Next up: Lt Johnny Mercil
The next witness to take the stand is Lieutenant Johnny Mercil of the Minneapolis Police Department, another officer involved in training officers.
Josh Marcus6 April 2021 16:20
Not much new ground being covered so far in police trainer’s testimony
The trial has focused extensively so far on how Minneapolis trains its police officers.
The testimony of police sergeant Ker Yang, a training coordinator, didn’t add much to that body of information.
As Mr Yang and others have reinforced, officers are taught to constantly take in information, only use force when necessary, and de-escalate situations.
The only real interesting moment came at the end, when Mr Yang talked about how officers should prioritize various facts on the ground.
A person’s medical condition, for example, is a “big thing,” while a bystander filming an incident is a “small thing.”
Josh Marcus6 April 2021 16:19
Minneapolis police trainer defend’s department’s ‘critical decision making’ model
Ker Yang, a training coordinator for the Minneapolis police force, defended the department’s “critical decision making” model it teaches officers during his testimony on Tuesday.
He said it’s practical, works well in the realities of police work, and gives officers the time to take in a situation and respond accordingly.
“A lot of the time we have the time to slow things down, reevaluate, reassess,” he said.
Josh Marcus6 April 2021 15:56
Minneapolis officers required to de-escalate situations, trainer says
Minneapolis police are required under department procedure to de-escalate situations that they encounter whenever “safe and feasible,” according to Ker Yang, a training coordinator for the force.
Josh Marcus6 April 2021 15:46
Minneapolis crisis trainer takes the stand to kick off day’s witnesses
Ker Yang, a Minneapolis police sergeant who coordinated the department’s “crisis intervention” training, is the first witness to take the stand today.
A littany of senior officers have taken the stand so far and condemned Derek Chauvin’s conduct.
Josh Marcus6 April 2021 15:38
Al Sharpton and Ben Crump are in courthouse today
Two high-profile civil rights advocates were spotted on Tuesday watching the Derek Chauvin trial inside the courthouse. Activist Rev. Al Sharpton, as well as attorney Benjamin Crump, both of whom have been working with the Floyd family, were seen watching the trial in the family viewing area, according to pools reports.
Josh Marcus6 April 2021 15:36
Key witness who was in car with George Floyd may not testify
The court has yet to rule on whether Morries Hall, who was in the car with George Floyd the day of his fatal arrest, will have to testify. Previously, Mr Hall has indicated he will invoke his 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination.
Judge Peter Cahill sent attorneys for both sides away from a pre-trial hearing today to further prepare for a decisive hearing on the matter on Thursday, which would cover whether Mr Hall could be asked a narrow set of questions about George Floyd’s mental and physical state in the moments before his encounter with police.
“We need to tread carefully obviously,” the judge said. “The 5th Amendment is a broad one.”
Public Defender Adrienne Cousins argued if Mr Hall is called to testify at all, it could expose him to prosecution on charges ranging from drug possession all the way up to third-degree murder, as Mr Hall allegedly sold drugs to Mr Floyd before his death.
“At this point in time Mr Hall has no immunity,” Ms Counsins said. “He has been provided no immunity, no protection for his testimony whatsoever.”
Judge Cahill declared that both parties will be able to propose in writing a set of questions for Mr Hall about how Mr Floyd was acting before he was arrested. Previous witnesses have said Mr Floyd fell asleep before police found him, which could speak to potential intoxication.
The court will decide on the questioning later this week.
Josh Marcus6 April 2021 15:16
Lawyer argues to quash subpoena to get key witness to testify
Public Defender Adrienne Cousins appeared in court on Tuesday arguing for a subpoena asking witness Morries Lester Hall to testify to be quashed.
Mr Hall, who was in the car with George Floyd when he was detained, was scheduled to appear in court via video link on Tuesday from the county jail where he is currently being held on unrelated domestic abuse charges.
However, in a court filing last Wednesday Mr Hall announced his decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during the questioning on Tuesday.
At the start of the seventh day of the trial, Mr Hall’s lawyer attempted to quash the subpoena by arguing that it could “expose him to potential incrimination”.
James Crump6 April 2021 14:50
Cher apologises for tweet implying she could have saved George Floyd’s life
Last Friday (2 April), Cher wrote on Twitter: “Was talking with Mom & She Said ‘I Watched Trial Of Policeman Who Killed George Floyd, & Cried.’
“I Said ‘Mom, I Know This Is Gonna Sound CRAZY, But.. I Kept Thinking …..Maybe If I’d Been There,…I Could’ve Helped.”
The tweet has since been deleted. Before its removal, the post caused controversy among some Twitter users, who argued that the tweet was insensitive, and played into a “white saviour complex”.
Read Louis Chilton’s full report here:
James Crump6 April 2021 14:30