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Chauvin 'trained to stay away from neck — George Floyd death

In this image from video Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testifies on Monday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Chauvin is charged in the Minneapolis police chief set to testify against Chauvin in trial over death of George Floyd
Hannah Rogers | 07 April, 2021, 02:20

Bradford Langenfeld, who was a senior resident on duty that night at Hennepin County Medical Centre and tried to resuscitate Mr Floyd, said Mr Floyd's heart had stopped by the time he arrived at the hospital. He told jurors that he believed the cause of death was asphyxia.

"It's well known that any amount of time that a patient spends in cardiac arrest without immediate CPR markedly decreases the chance of a good outcome", he told the jury.

Mr Nelson's main argument - that Mr Floyd died largely because of alleged drug usage and a weak heart, not because of the way Mr Chauvin treated him - will be ramped up in the coming days, as medical evidence about his death is presented.

He said a lack of oxygen was the most likely reason Floyd's heart had stopped beating.

Dr Lagenfeld announced Floyd dead after 30 minutes by which time he had been without a pulse for close to an hour.

Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter charges.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo on Monday told the jury that Chauvin's training required him to stop the restraint and provide first-aid treatment while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

Mr Nelson, Mr Chauvin's lawyer, asked Dr Langenfeld whether some drugs can cause hypoxia, or insufficient oxygen.

Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge - second-degree murder.

According to Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank the defense's motion was simply a bid by Chauvin to "enter self-serving hearsay" without having to testify.

"If I would have just not taken the bill, this could have all been avoided", Martin said.

Prosecutors are seeking to prove that Mr Chauvin's actions violated his training and have focused their questions on police guidelines and strategies taught to help officers de-escalate situations.

A slightly tetchy Judge Cahill warned the prosecution that their approach was "starting to get cumulative, ' telling them that they were not going to be able to 'call every other police officer" and ask them, 'What would you have done?'

Mr Chauvin's lawyer Eric Nelson has fought against that notion by emphasising that officers have to consider different factors while using force, such as potential threats from a nearby crowd.

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Lieutenant Richard Zimmerman said he had reviewed bystander and police bodycam video of Floyd's arrest and Chauvin had violated department policies on the use of force.

Before he was pinned to the ground, a frantic Floyd struggled with police who were trying to put him in a squad auto, saying he was claustrophobic.

They heard from the nine-year-old, "sad and mad" by what she had seen May 25, 2020 when she went to Cup Foods to buy snacks and candy with her cousin, Darnella Frazier, the 17-year-old bystander who lifted up her cell phone and recorded the video that went viral. The doctor said that he was not told of any efforts at the scene by bystanders or police to resuscitate Floyd but that paramedics told him they had tried for about 30 minutes and that he tried for another 30 minutes.

Mr Chauvin, 45, was filmed kneeling on Mr Floyd for over nine minutes during Mr Floyd's arrest last May. She told jurors how the "friends" with Floyd in his vehicle that day - Morries Lester Hall and Shawanda Hill - were in fact people from whom he had bought drugs. She testified that the video "changed her life", and she regretted not doing more to intervene on Floyd's behalf.

Judge Cahill told the court that he will "deal with Mr Hall's invocation of his right" first thing Tuesday.

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said the decision to kneel on Mr Floyd's neck by the now-fired officer Derek Chauvin was "in no way, shape or form" part of department policy or training, "and it is certainly not part of our ethics or our values".

Prosecutors in the second week of the trial are also expected to zero in on Chauvin's training in the use of force.

He said at the time: 'Mr.

She said Chauvin also was a field-training officer, receiving additional training so he would know what prospective officers were learning in the academy.

The chief said it's important for his officers to meet the community where they are, and said they need to respond in a way that meets "what our community needs".

Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell had already told the jury Arradondo would "not mince any words" during his testimony.

What did the police chief say?

But each one of these kinds of events brings its own set of circumstances.

As police officers are rarely convicted or charged at all for deaths that occur in custody, the verdict in this trial is being seen as an indication of how the U.S. legal system will treat such cases in future.

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