Sunday, 09 May, 2021


Police Expert Testifies About Medical Support In Trial Of Derek Chauvin

A demonstrator holds up an image of George Floyd during a rally on the first day of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on murder charges in the death of Floyd in New York George Floyd arrest breached Minneapolis police policy, chief says in Derek Chauvin murder trial
Noah Ferguson | 07 April, 2021, 19:38

In other testimony, Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant serving as a prosecution use-of-force expert, said officers were justified in using force while Floyd was resisting their efforts to put him in a squad auto.

Prosecutors in Derek Chauvin's murder trial presented a series of witnesses on Tuesday in a bid to show that the former Minneapolis police officer disregarded his training when he knelt on George Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes.

Dr. Bradford Langenfeld, who was a senior resident on duty that night at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn., took the stand at the beginning of week two at former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial, as prosecutors sought to establish that it was Chauvin's knee on the Black man's neck that killed him. It is not part of our training.

Defense attorney Eric Nelson said he planned to ask Hall about his interactions with Floyd that day, their suspected use of a counterfeit bill, whether he gave Floyd drugs and his statements to police about Floyd's behavior in the vehicle.

Several members of the Minneapolis Police Department, including Chief Medaria Arradondo, echoed this sentiment during earlier testimony.

Mercil testified that officers like Chauvin are trained to use a proportional amount of force and on how to properly use neck restraints, handcuffs and straps.

Floyd, who had taken drugs, frantically struggled with officers who tried to put him in their squad auto, saying he was claustrophobic.

In other testimony Tuesday, Minneapolis Police Sergeant Ker Yang said Chauvin took a 40-hour course on crisis intervention.

After watching video of Floyd's arrest, Stiger said his "opinion was that the force was excessive".

Perhaps the life of George Floyd would have been spared if Derek Chauvin and the three other Minneapolis police officers with him had just paid attention.

Defence pins death on Floyd's health and drug use Mr Chauvin's lawyer has argued that his client was not responsible for Mr Floyd's death.

The chief said officers are trained to try to de-escalate a situation and to minimize or avoid the use of force whenever possible.

He has pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter charges in the case being heard by a racially diverse 12-member jury.

Bystander video of Floyd crying that he couldn't breathe as onlookers yelled at Chauvin to get off him sparked protests around the USA that descended into violence in some cases. Prosecutors said Chauvin continued to kneel on Floyd's neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds, after he was handcuffed behind his back and lying on his stomach, even though Floyd said 27 times that he could not breathe.

Under questioning from Nelson, Yang testified that people watching an arrest may also be in crisis and that officers have to take in the situation around them as well.

She told the jury that if officers can not find a pulse on a subject, they are taught to immediately begin CPR and to administer first aid if they encounter a medical emergency.

"Have you have ever had a circumstance where an individual has lost their pulse and suddenly come back to life and become more violent?" prosecutor Steve Schleicher asked Mercil, suggesting that Floyd was held down long past the point where he might be a threat.

"I vehemently disagree that that was appropriate use of force for that situation on May 25", Arradondo testified on Monday.

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