The murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is set to continue into its second week Monday. Chauvin, who is white, is accused of pinning his knee on the 46-year-old Black man's neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds as Floyd lay face-down in handcuffs outside of a corner market.
"They need to have someone from the agency say how bad that is", Geoffrey Alpert, a criminology expert at the University of SC, said in a telephone interview of Chauvin's kneeling on Floyd's neck. The defense argues that Chauvin did what he was trained to do and that Floyd's use of drugs and underlying health conditions caused his death.
Floyd's treatment by police was captured on widely seen bystander video that soon sparked protests that rocked Minneapolis and quickly spread to other USA cities and beyond. The video, plus officers' body-camera video and previously unseen bystander footage, was a heavy component of the first week of the trial, reawakening traumatic memories for viewers of the livestreamed trial.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo took the stand Monday, testifying about police policy that dictates that whenever it is reasonable to do so, officers must use tactics to deescalate a situation so as to avoid or minimize the use of force.
The trial is expected to turn toward the officer's training Monday after the first week was dominated by testimony from eyewitnesses into the incident and George Floyd's death.
Chauvin, 45, a former Minneapolis police officer, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter stemming from the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in May 2020. "Chauvin knew what he was doing". Floyd's death sparked global protests against police brutality.
Parents were outraged after a high school teacher in Texas made a decision to use Derek Chauvin's trial to carry out an assignment.
"Totally unnecessary", Lt. Richard Zimmerman, the longest-tenured officer on the force, testified Friday.
Some of that use of force analysis has already entered the trial.
Zimmerman, who joined the department in 1985, said he has never been trained to kneel on someone's neck if their hands are cuffed behind their back and they are in the prone position.
Instead, officers continued to restrain Floyd until an ambulance arrived - even after he became unresponsive. Nelson has not indicated whether Chauvin will testify in his own defense. Among the group were an off-duty Minneapolis firefighter and EMT-who said she was ignored after repeatedly offering her assistance-as well as an MMA fighter who tried to explain that Chauvin's chokehold was cutting off Floyd's circulation.
The emergency room doctor who pronounced George Floyd dead after trying to resuscitate him testified Monday that he theorized at the time that Floyd's heart most likely stopped because he didn't get enough oxygen.