Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo took the stand Monday in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the fired Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death. Arradondo is expected to testify that Chauvin’s use of force against Floyd was excessive.
In opening statements last week, prosecutor Jerry Blackwell said Arradondo will “not mince any words.”
“He’s very clear, he’ll be very decisive that this was excessive force,” Blackwell said.
Testimony resumed for a second week Monday morning with testimony from an emergency doctor who tried to save Floyd’s life.
Two other members of the department took the stand last week and criticized Chauvin’s use of force. Chauvin’s supervising sergeant said force should have ended as soon as Floyd stopped resisting, and the high-ranking lieutenant who heads the homicide unit called Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck “totally unnecessary” and “just uncalled for.”
Chauvin, who was seen in disturbing videos kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, is charged with second-degree murder,and second-degree manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty.
Lieutenant Rick Zimmerman, who heads the Minneapolis Police Department’s homicide unit, said Friday he saw no reason for the officers to believe they were in danger from Floyd.
“Well first of all, pulling him down to the ground, face down, and putting a knee on his neck for that amount of time, it’s just uncalled for,” Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman’s statements finished a week of raw and emotional testimony in Chauvin’s trial.
Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd sat in the courtroom Friday in the lone seat reserved for members of Floyd’s family. He told a pool reporter that the trial has been incredibly emotional for the family, and that he’s been trying to stop crying.
The first three days of testimony included firsthand accounts of Floyd’s fatal arrest from a series of eyewitnesses, some of whom broke down in tears and described feeling helpless as the unarmed Black man struggled for air. On Wednesday, jurors watched a series of police body camera videos showing the fatal encounter.
Philonise Floyd said the testimony of Charles McMillian, the bystander witness who sobbed on the stand Wednesday as he watched the bodycam video, was particularly emotional. George Floyd’s girlfriend Courteney Ross also gave tearful testimony on Thursday.
Published at Mon, 05 Apr 2021 10:12:00 +0000