George Floyd news — live: Derek Chauvin violated policy, says police chief, as trial enters seventh dayavril 6, 2021
Derek Chauvin’s tactics ‘in no way shape or form’ followed training, Minneapolis police chief says
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.
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