Minneapolis police chief says George Floyd allege killer, Chauvin violated police rules, ethics code during arrest
London, April 6, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Derek Chauvin broke Minneapolis police department rules and its ethics code governing the “sanctity of life” in his deadly arrest of George Floyd last May, the city’s police chief MEDARIA ARRADONDO said as he testified at the former officer’s murder trial on Monday.
Arradondo, who in 2017 became the first Black person to lead the city’s police force, fired Chauvin and three other officers who were involved in the arrest after Floyd’s death.
The doctor who pronounced George Floyd dead said that Floyd likely died from asphyxia during his testimony at Derek Chauvin’s trial on Monday pic.twitter.com/irfSbZmKrh— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 5, 2021
On Monday, Arradondo said it was unusual for police to take someone into custody where the alleged crime was as minor as in the case of Floyd, who was suspected of using a counterfeit $20 to buy cigarettes at the Cup Foods grocery store, a non-violent misdemeanour.
“It’s not part of our training, and it is certainly not part of our ethics and our values,” Chief Medaria Arradondo told the jury as prosecutors sought to undermine a central plank of Chauvin’s defense.
Arradondo said he was alarmed when, a few hours after the arrest, he first saw a bystander’s video showing Chauvin, who is white, kneeling on the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old handcuffed Black man, for more than nine minutes. The video sparked global protests against police brutality.
A prosecutor asked him to explain to the jury how police officers receive extensive training on how to use force and to reduce tensions.
“We are oftentimes the first face of government our community will see, and we will often meet them at their worst moments,” he told the jury when asked to describe the meaning of the badge the city’s roughly 700 sworn officers wear. “That has to count for something.”
Officers carry tourniquets and are trained how to use them to treat gunshot wounds, they are taught how to do chest compressions, and they are given naloxone inhalers that can be used to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose, Arradondo said.
He was asked to read aloud parts of the department’s code of ethics.
“It’s really about treating people with dignity and respect above all else,” he told the jury.
Chauvin did not follow his training in several different ways, Arradondo said. Chauvin used too much pressure on Floyd’s neck, Arradondo said, pointing to police training that he said emphasized the “sanctity of life.”
Chauvin also did not “de-escalate” the situation even as Floyd fell unconscious, and he did not provide the mandated first aid to a dying Floyd, Arradondo said.
Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter charges. Prosecutors have called Arradondo and other police officers to weaken Chauvin’s defence that he did only what he was trained to do in his 19 years as a police officer.