As the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin after the death of George Floyd enters its second week, Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar said that residents are skeptical about the results. Still maintain the “edge”.
On Sunday, in CNN’s State of the Union address, Omar was reminded that very few trials involving police officers lead to convictions, and asked: “Are you and your city preparing a jury case or making a case? Guilty verdict?”
“The community is upset about this,” Omar said. “We have seen that justice has not been achieved in our community for many years. I think people are confident about it [state] Attorney General Keith Ellison (Keith Ellison) and the prosecutor in this case, but we are all eagerly awaiting the outcome of this trial.
“It was terrifying to watch the defender send George Floyd to trial instead of the former policeman who accused him of murder.”
Floyd, 46, died last May when he kneeled on his neck for more than 9 minutes when he was arrested in Chauvin. The killing triggered international protests against police brutality and racial injustice. The vast majority of protests were peaceful, but in Minneapolis and other cities, some protests became violent.
Chauvin faces charges of second-degree intentional homicide, third-degree murder and second-degree intentional homicide. He pleaded not guilty. The other three personnel will face separate trials.
On Monday, prosecutors are expected to call police chief Medaria Arradondo to testify. Rarely, if not unheard of, the chief of police testified against a former police officer. Experts say that Araddo’s testimony may open the door for more chiefs to be transferred in the future.
Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told the jury in his opening speech: “He wants to tell you that Mr. Shavin’s behavior does not match the training of the Minneapolis Police Department.” “He will not break it. Anything. He is very clear. He will be very decisive: this is excessive force.”
Arradondo’s testimony is expected to be a powerful tool for prosecutors as the prosecutor tries to refute the defense that Chauvin’s decision to bow to Floyd’s neck is consistent with the use of force.
Dr. Cedric Alexander, former police chief and director of public safety in DeKalb County, Georgia, told the Guardian this week that Araddo was “a very remarkable move in the prosecution.”
He said: “Very few people will see a chief appearing for defense or prosecution.” “However, each of these incidents has its own circumstances. In this particular situation, your knees are bent, and Was asked: “Is that a trained technique? “It is obviously important to be able to get the chief of police… to testify under oath.”
Former Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson is the co-chair of Barack Obama’s 21st Century Policing Working Group, which was established in 2014 by Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson) was established after his shooting.
“This may be the most difficult job of the chief police officer in the country at the moment. In the tension of this trial, the community has to deal with the pressure after George Floyd’s death, demanding departmental reforms and protecting the community. The hardest thing is related to the rising gun violence and crime.”
Arradondo will not be the only Minneapolis official to prove that Chauvin’s actions deviated from departmental policy. Lieutenant Richard Zimmerman, the head of the homicide department, testified on Friday that he had never received training to restrain the arrested by bending his knees during the forty years of using force.
He said: “If your knee is on a person’s neck, it may kill them.” “Once someone is handcuffed, the threat will drop all the way. If they are handcuffed, how can they really hurt you? ?”
He was handcuffed before the police forced Freud to fall to the ground.
Zimmerman said: “I don’t think officers think they are in danger, if that’s how they feel.” “That’s what they feel when they use that level of power.”
A month after Freud’s death, Zimmerman issued a letter to Minneapolis residents in which 14 military officers stated that they “wholeheartedly condemned” Chauvin’s actions.
Witnesses spoke and showed a video of Freud’s death, and many in the city discovered that they had been injured during the first week of the trial.
“It’s really hard,” Omar told CNN. “I think the fact that accompanies me is that everyone on the witness stand says they feel helpless. This is a kind of police abuse we really understand here in Minneapolis. feel.
“…[The trial] It just brought so much trauma to many of us. But we have each other. We will pass it. “