Minneapolis police chief says Chauvin violated policy

Minneapolis police chief says Chauvin violated policy
Minneapolis police chief explains why he believes Officer Chauvin violated department policy.
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Daily US Times: The Minneapolis police chief has testified that Derek Chauvin, an ex-police officer, violated the agency’s policy on force during the arrest of George Floyd.

Chief Medaria Arradondo said the way Mr Chauvin restrained Mr Floyd, a black American, was not in line with training and “certainly not part of our ethics and our values”.

The chief had fired Mr Chauvin and the three other police officers involved in the incident days after Mr Floyd’s death last May.

Mr Chauvin, who is white, is on trial for murdering Mr Floyd and has denied the charges against him.

Footage of Mr Chauvin kneeling on African-American Mr Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes sparked global protests against racism and police brutality last year.

Monday was the sixth day in Mr Chauvin’s trial, which is expected to last for at least one month.

Prosecutors focused their questions on departmental guidelines and strategies taught to help officers de-escalate situations. The prosecutors are seeking to prove that Mr Chauvin’s actions violated his training.

Mr Arradondo told the court that George Floyd should not have been restrained in the manner used by the officers after he stopped resisting, “and certainly once he was in distress”.

He said the type of restraint 45-year-old Mr Chauvin was using came “once there was no longer any resistance and clearly after Mr Floyd was no longer responsive – and even motionless”.

Mr Arradondo said that is in no way, shape or form, by policy, is not part of their training, ethics and values.

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