Derek Chauvin trial continues Tuesday

In this image from video Dr. Bradford Wankhede Langenfeld the doctor who pronounced George Floyd dead testifies

In this image from video Dr. Bradford Wankhede Langenfeld the doctor who pronounced George Floyd dead testifies

Giving evidence to the murder trial of officer Derek Chauvin, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said continuing to kneel on Mr Floyd's neck once he was handcuffed behind his back and lying on his stomach was "in no way, shape or form" part of department policy or training.

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

Prosecutor Steve Schleicher noted that while some people may become more unsafe under the influence of drugs or alcohol, some may actually be "more vulnerable".

"When we talk about fast-evolving situations. a lot of the time we have the time to slow things down and reevaluate and reassess and go through this model", Yang said.

Records show that Chauvin took in-service training in the use of force in October 2018.

"I don't know what kind of improvised position that is" she said, after being shown a photo of Chauvin with his knee on Mr Floyd's neck.

"Per policy, a neck restraint is compressing one or both sides of the neck, using an arm or a leg".

Mercil also acknowledged that just because a person is handcuffed, doesn't mean the suspect is in control, and that he has trained officers to restrain suspects as "long as they needed to hold them".

On Tuesday, with the trial in its second week, Mercil also told Hennepin County District Court that police should try to put a suspect in the "recover" position, sit them up or stand them up, as soon as possible to decrease the risk of difficulty breathing while on their stomachs.

Police Chief Arredondo is among several high-ranking law enforcement officials who've condemned Derek Chauvin's actions during the trial.

In this image from video defense attorney Eric Nelson left and defendant former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin

Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. But he was not told of any other efforts by police to resuscitate him after he was arrested on suspicion of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store.

Bystander video of Floyd crying that he couldn't breathe as onlookers yelled at Chauvin to get off him sparked protests around the US that descended into violence in some cases.

Floyd, who had taken drugs, frantically struggled with officers who tried to put him in their squad auto, saying he was claustrophobic.

Chauvin's lawyer, Eric Nelson, has argued that Chauvin "did exactly what he had been trained to do over his 19-year career" and that it was Floyd's use of illegal drugs and his underlying health conditions - not the officer's knee - that killed him.

Nelson has further argued that police at the scene were distracted by what they perceived as a growing and increasingly hostile crowd of onlookers.

Mr. Chauvin faces charges of second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter for kneeling on Mr. Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes. During day six of Chauvin's murder trial Monday, the chief claimed the former officer did not follow proper de-escalation and use of force codes.

He testified that, based on the training that officers receive, Mr Chauvin should only have used the neck restraint that rendered Mr Floyd unconscious if there was "active aggression" involved.

Kneeling on Floyd's neck after he was handcuffed and subdued is not the department's policy or training, Arradondo said, "and it is certainly not part of our ethics or our values".

Nelson showed Mercil several images taken from officers' body-camera videos, asking after each one whether it showed Chauvin's knee appearing to rest more on Floyd's back, shoulder or shoulder blades than directly on Floyd's neck.

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Talley said he made it about a half-mile into the installation before he was stopped at a parking lot. The chief said life-saving efforts were undertaken on the suspect but failed. "It's very tragic.

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