Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arrandondo told the court that former police officer Derek Chauvin, 45, “absolutely did not” follow police policy.
He told jurors on Monday that Chauvin’s use of force “absolutely” violated the police policy and belief in “the sanctity of life,” adding that the pressure the former cop used was contrary to all teachings of the department.
“Once Mr Floyd had stopped resisting and certainly once he was in distress and trying to verbalize that, that should have stopped,” Arrandondo said.
“Once there was no longer any resistance and clearly when Mr Floyd was no longer responsive and even motionless to continue to apply that level of force to a person proned out, handcuffed behind their back that in no way shape or form is by policy, part of our training, certainly not part of our ethics or values.”
After being shown a photo from a bystander video, the city’s police chief said: “When I look at the facial expression of Mr Floyd that does not appear in any way shape or form that that is light to moderate pressure [as per policy].
“That action is not de-escalation and when we talk about the framework of our sanctity of life and principals and values that we have that action goes contrary.”
Arrandoro told the court that Chauvin had violated policy by failing to provide medical aid to George Floyd.
The day after Floyd died, he fired Chauvin and three other officers involved.
His explosive testimony came after the ER doctor who pronounced the father dead testified that he theorized that Floyd’s heart most likely stopped due to lack of oxygen.
After being shown a photo of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck, inspector Katie Blackwell said: “I don’t know what kind of improvised position this is. That’s not what we train.”
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