#Roommates, as the murder trial of Derek Chauvin officially enters its second week with day six of court testimony, more officers within the Minneapolis Police Department are giving their opinion and account of the fatal incident that took the life of George Floyd. The Minneapolis Police Chief took the stand earlier today and firmly stated that Derek Chauvin’s actions and use of excessive force against George Floyd “absolutely” went against department policy.
@CBSNews reports, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo gave a very interesting testimony regarding the Minneapolis Police Department’s use of force—as Arradondo testified that without question Derek Chauvin’s actions regarding the death of George Floyd violated Minneapolis police policy. Arradondo continued stating that the “initial reasonableness in trying to just get [Floyd] under control” was proper protocol, however when Floyd ceased resisting and “clearly when Mr. Floyd was no longer responsive and even motionless, to continue to apply that level of force to a person prone out, hands cuffed behind their back, that in no way, shape or form is anything that is by policy. It’s not part of our training and it’s certainly not part of our ethics or values,” he said.
Arradondo added more about Derek Chauvin’s behavior during the George Floyd arrest, confirming that in addition to ending the restraint once Floyd stopped resisting arrest, Chauvin should have recognized that he should stop and “certainly once [Floyd] was in distress and trying to verbalize that, [Chauvin] should have stopped.” When asked if Chauvin’s actions against Floyd were appropriate for de-escalation, Arradondo stated “that action is not de-escalation. When we talk about the framework of our sanctity of life [policy] and talk about principles that we have, that action goes contrary to what we’re talking about.”
Prosecutors pressed Arradondo to explain in detail the outcome when too much restraint is used, specifically when an individual is restrained in a prone and handcuffed position. “The risk and potential for them… of us killing them goes up substantially, so that side recovery position is very, critically important.”
The trial of Derek Chauvin continues tomorrow. Stay tuned for updates.
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