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George Floyd news — live: Police chief says bystander video shows Derek Chauvin didn’t follow training

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The murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd continues on Monday as it enters its second week.

After five days dominated by emotional testimony from eyewitnesses, the evidence is expected to turn towards the officer’s training.

Chauvin’s defence team argues that the officer did what he was trained to do and that Floyd’s use of drugs and underlying health conditions caused his death. However his own colleagues and law enforcement officials have condemned the use of the knee restraint for nine minutes and 29 seconds, with veteran officer Derek Zimmerman describing it as “totally unnecessary”.

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, who fired Chauvin and three other officers the day after Floyd’s death and later described it as a “murder”, is expected to testify this week, possibly as early as Monday. “Mr. George Floyd’s tragic death was not due to a lack of training — the training was there,” Arradondo said in June. “Chauvin knew what he was doing.”

Experts have described the prosecution’s decision to call the chief to give evidence against one of his own officers as very rare and “pretty remarkable”.

You can watch the trial live here.

Check out The Independent’s live updates and analysis below.

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George Floyd arrest wasn’t ‘typical’ given crime, chief says

Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo said that people accused of using forged bills, as George Floyd was, are “typically not” handcuffed and bound for jail like he was before he died during his arrest last May.

Instead, Mr Arradondo said, police have been trying to shift their efforts to put people considered a risk to society in jail.

“If it’s not a  violent felony, we also, in coordination with our jail system and our courts, there’s been a shift over the years,” he said.

Josh Marcus5 April 2021 20:06
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Police are ‘judged forever’ by use of force, police testifies

“Of all the things that we do as peace officers for the Minneapolis Police Department, and I mentioned the thousands of calls that our men and women respond to, it is my firm belief that our one singular incident we will be judged forever is our use of force,” he said.

Officers judge how much force to use, he said, based on the “objectively reasonable force” standard. They’re expected to evaluate factors like the severity of the crime, the threat of violence to officers, and whether a suspect is evading arrest.

Josh Marcus5 April 2021 19:56
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Chief testifies that officers trained to ‘meet people where they are’

The trial is back, and Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo is testifying about the ways officers are trained to respond to EDPs: emotional disturbed people.

Officers get about 4500 calls a year to respond to people experiencing emotional crises, he said, and are taught to recognize that people under the influence of drugs, mental health issues, or other major stressors might need heightened types of care and attention during a police interaction.

“We really want to meet people where they are,” he said. “We want to bring our values and our principles to those situations. We recognize that oftentimes people who are experiencing crisis is not something they brought on themselves.”

Josh Marcus5 April 2021 19:44
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Trial to resume shortly

The Derek Chauvin murder trial should be getting back underway any moment now after both sides took their midday break.

Josh Marcus5 April 2021 19:31
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Police must consider if suspects are having a ‘behavioural crisis,’ chief says

Minneapolis police are trained to use de-escalation tactics “whenever reasonable,” the city’s police chief testified in the Derek Chauvin murder trial on Monday.

“It’s a recognition that when we get the call from our community, it may not often be their best day, and that they may be experiencing something that is very traumatic,” he said. “We’re going to respond, but we have to take that into consideration. We may be the first and last time they have an interaction with a Minneapolis police officer. We have to make it count.”

Josh Marcus5 April 2021 18:38
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Bystanders ‘absolutely’ have right to record police, chief says during trial

During the Derek Chauvin murder trial, the former officer’s defence has painted a crowd of bystanders who gathered around Mr Floyd and recorded videos as a volatile element that encouraged officers to maintain their use of force on Mr Floyd.

Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo testified in the case on Monday that even though officers might fight it irritating, citizens “absolutely” have the right to record police, so long as they’re not physically interrupting the work of officers.

“They absolutely have the right, barring that, to record us performing our duties,” he said.

Josh Marcus5 April 2021 18:25
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Trial begins getting into Minneapolis police training rules that impacted George Floyd’s arrest

After a lengthy introduction, the testimony of Minneapolis Police Department chief Medaria Arradondo is now getting to parts of official training rules relevant to the fatal arrest of George Floyd. Among them, making sure detention doesn’t last longer than necessary.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is facing murder charges after kneeling on the handcuffed Mr Floyd for more than nine minutes, three minutes of which he appeared unconscious.

One exhibit from state prosecutors quoted from the city’s police manual, which requires officers to “ensure that the length of any detention is no longer than necessary to take appropriate action for the known or suspected offense.”

Josh Marcus5 April 2021 18:18
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Arradondo: City spend around $13 million on training last year

One of the key questions in the Derek Chauvin murder trial is whether the former Minneapolis police officer followed correct city police training when he knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest last May.

“We put a lot of time, energy, and resources into our training,” Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo testified on Monday.

He said the city spent around $13 million on training last year for its officers.

Josh Marcus5 April 2021 18:04
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Arradondo: Officers are trained to use force—and de-escalate situations

Minneapolis Police Department chief Medaria Arradondo’s testimony will shed light on how officers are trained to handle intense situations.

According to Mr Arradondo, a Minneapolis native who started on the force in 1989, officers both use force when necessary and are expected to de-escalate situations when they can.

At the start of his testimony on Monday, Mr Arradondo talked about how these questions connect with the MPD’s motto to “protect with courage and serve with compassion.”

“To serve with compassion means to understand and accept that we see our neighbor as ourselves,” he said. “We value one another. We see our community as necessary for our existence.”

Josh Marcus5 April 2021 17:35
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Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo takes the stand

Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) Chief Medaria Arradondo is now taking the stand, in perhaps the most significant testimony so far in the Derek Chauvin murder trial.

There are few doubts about where he stands in this case. After George Floyd’s death, the MPD fired Mr Chauvin and the chief called the death a “murder.”

“Mr. George Floyd’s tragic death was not due to a lack of training — the training was there. Chauvin knew what he was doing,” Mr Arradondo said at the time. “I agree with Attorney General [Keith] Ellison: what happened to Mr. Floyd was murder.”

Josh Marcus5 April 2021 17:17