Last June, nearly a month after George Floyd’s death, the Minneapolis Police Department chief issued a bubbling statement about officials involved in Floyd’s arrest.
The first black leader to hold this position, Medaria Arradondo, described Freud’s death as “tragic” and stated that “it was not due to lack of training.”
Alladodo said: “This is a murder-this is not a lack of training,” he added, which is why he “acted quickly” and fired the four officers involved in the incident the day after Freud’s death. .
“The officer knows what happened-one caused it deliberately, the others didn̵
On Monday (this time in the witness box), Araddou again condemned the former prosecutor Derek Chauvin. The prosecutor said he was kneeling on Freud’s neck for 9 minutes 29 second. This marks a rare situation in which the chief of police testifies to the police. (Arradondo also testified in the trial of former police officer Mohamed Noor, who was convicted of killing Justine Damond in 2017.)
Chauvin was tried for second- and third-degree murder and second-degree intentional homicide. The other three officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao who responded to the scene and were fired were charged with assisting and teaching second-degree murder and manslaughter. They plan to stand trial in August.
Prosecutor Steve Schleicher asked Arradondo if he was confident about when Joven’s restraint on Floyd (including kneeling on his neck) would end.
“Once Mr. Freud stopped resisting, of course, once he got into trouble and tried to express it in words, it should have stopped.” Araddo replied.
Arradondo said: “It is reasonable to try to get him under control in the first few seconds.” “But once there is no longer any resistance, and it is clear that Mr. Freud no longer reacts or even moves. At that time, he continued to exert that level of force on the person who was surrendered and handcuffed with his back on the back of his hand. In any case, his body shape or posture would not change. The form is anything based on policy. It is not our training Of course, it’s not part of our morals or values.”
The prosecutor said that Freud died because Qiaowen knelt on his neck. The defense stated that Freud’s death was caused by overdose, underlying health conditions and adrenaline.
In testifying, Arradondo explained the departmental policy regarding when force and demotion tactics are required. He said that Giovan did not follow the policy of demotion, use of force and assistance to those in need when he kneeled on Freud’s neck for more than 9 minutes. Floyd (Floyd) is black, and he repeatedly recorded it in videos widely watched by bystanders, telling the white (Chauvin) that he could not breathe.
Arradondo said: “We have a duty of care, so when someone is detained, whether they are suspects or not, we have an obligation to ensure that they are taken care of.”
The prosecutor said that when Chauvin restrained Floyd, he violated many department policies in which he was trained.
On May 25, a cashier suspected that Floyd had used a forged 20-dollar bill to buy cigarettes and called the police to the convenience store Cup Foods. Alladodo said Monday that alleged crimes committed by Freud usually do not result in someone being detained. He said that arrests are usually for violent crimes. The statement questioned the use of force by military officers. A police camera video broadcast in court last week showed that Lane first approached Freud with a gun.
Someone asked Arradondo Exhibit 17 (a photo in the bystander video showing Chauvin looking up at the bystander while kneeling on the seemingly painful Floyd) whether the police department policy 5-300 authorizes the use of reasonable force, and Whether Chauvin has used an authorized neck restraint device.
He said: “The consciously restricting neck pressure through policies refers to light to moderate pressure.” “When I look at Figure 17, when I look at Mr. Freud’s facial expressions, there is no form, shape or form There is mild to moderate pressure.”
Schleicher also asked Arradondo Chauvin whether he had followed departmental policy 5-304 in the downgrade. Arradondo said: “I absolutely disagree.”
District 5 inspector Katie Blackwell followed Arradondo’s testimony. After Floyd’s death, Blackwell was the commander of the trainer.
The bystander video showed Blackwell the same photo, which depicts Giovann kneeling on Freud’s neck. She also said that restraint violated departmental policy and did not teach restraint.
Blackwell testified: “I don’t know what kind of temporary position this is.” “So that’s not something we trained.”
Blackwell testified that she had known Chauvin for 20 years.
Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell’s opening speech last week predicted the testimony of Arradondo and Blackwell.
Blackwell said of Aradodo: “He doesn’t say anything.” “He knows it very well. He will very decisively think this is excessive force.”
Blackwell said that Arad Tondo will testify that Chauvin’s “acts are inconsistent with police training and policies”.
During cross-examination, Chauvin’s lawyer Eric Nelson asked Arradondo that this was the last time he arrested the suspect. Arradondo said it has been for many years.
Nelson also re-examined what he said in the opening speech, that is, many bystanders who observed Freud’s arrest (some of them yelled at the officer, many yelled to Chavin to get off Freud), this This hinders Chauvin’s ability to provide assistance.
Alladodo agrees with Nelson’s view that sometimes it is necessary to use force. He told Schleicher that training has improved greatly since joining the force more than 30 years ago.
In a June statement, Arradondo said that an officer on the scene told Chauvin that Floyd should be in the recovery position, meaning to stand by his side.
Arradondo and Blackwell testified on Monday that it is important not to leave the handcuffed person on the stomach for a long time, as the prone position may make breathing difficult.
Arradondo testified that he learned of the incident from the deputy chief at about 9 pm on May 25, when Freud was pronounced dead. After learning of Floyd’s death, he went to the office of the city hall, where he watched a commercially available roadside camera, which had no audio and was far away. He said that he could only see the officer’s back, so he could not fully judge what happened.
He said that shortly thereafter, he learned about Freud’s last-minute bystander video that had been posted to Facebook.
“Almost midnight, a community member contacted me and said:’Chief, have you seen the video of your officer suffocating and killing this person on the 38th and Chicago?” Arradondo said. “So, once I heard that sentence, I knew it was not the same landmark camera video I saw.”
He said that within a few minutes, “I saw for the first time what is now called a video bystander video.”