Minneapolis Police Chief Testifies Derek Chauvin Violated Policy, Ethics in George Floyd Arrest

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified on April 5 that former Police Officer Derek Chauvin “absolutely” violated department policy and ethics code in the arrest of George Floyd last May.

“Once Mr. Floyd had stopped resisting and certainly once he was in distress and trying to verbalize that, that should have stopped,” Arrondondo said, referring to how Chauvin, a white man, continued to kneel for over nine minutes on the neck of Floyd, a Black man, who pleaded that he couldn’t breathe.

“Clearly, when Mr. Floyd, no longer responsive and motionless, to continue to apply that level of force to a person proned out, handcuffed behind their back. That is, in no way, shape or form, by policy, is not part of our training, and is certainly not part of our ethics and our values,” Arrandondo told the court on the sixth day of Chauvin’s murder trial for the death of Floyd.

Arrandondo said that Chauvin did not follow his training because he used too much pressure on Floyd’s neck. According to him, police training emphasized the “sanctity of life.”

“I vehemently disagree that that’s the appropriate use of force for that situation,” Arrondondo said.

Arrandondo further said that Chauvin did not “de-escalate” the situation when Floyd became unconscious.

Prosecutors asked Arrandondo to read aloud some parts of the department code of ethics.

“It’s really about treating people with dignity and respect above all else,” Arrandondo said.

Arrandondo also said that Chauvin did not provide the mandated first aid. According to him, officers are taught how to do chest compressions and are given naloxone inhalers to reverse an opioid overdose.

In cross-examination, defense attorney Eric Nelson got Arrandondo to say that he had not made an arrest, personally, in “many years.”


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