Seventh day of Chauvin murder trial begins — George Floyd death

In this image from video Morries Hall appears via video as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill discusses motions before the court Tuesday

In this image from video Morries Hall appears via video as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill discusses motions before the court Tuesday

Minneapolis police are taught to restrain combative suspects with a knee on their back or shoulders if necessary but are told to "stay away from the neck when possible", a department use-of-force instructor testified Tuesday at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial.

Chauvin, 45, is charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death in May.

Mr Arradondo, the city's first black police chief, fired Mr Chauvin and three other officers the day after Mr Floyd's death last May, and in June called it "murder". In previous cases, police have been accused of closing ranks to protect fellow members.

The city's police chief testified on Monday that Chauvin violated department rules and its ethics code while arresting Floyd.

Yang said officers are taught to make critical decisions in dealing with people in crisis, including those suffering mental problems or the effects of drug use, and then de-escalate the situation. "And when we talk about the framework of our sanctity of life and when we talk about our principles and the values that we have, that action goes contrary to what we are talking about".

Witnesses say Mr Chauvin and his colleagues repeatedly ignored pleas for help and mercy from Mr Floyd and bystanders.

The defense argues that Chauvin did what he was trained to do and that Floyd's use of drugs prior to his arrest, as well as underlying health conditions and adrenaline, caused his death.

No witnesses at the scene were arrested, and several of them have testified that they urged officers to check Mr Floyd's pulse and provide him with medical care. Prosecutor Steve Schleicher said records show that Chauvin attended a 40-hour course on the method in 2016.

Records show Chauvin also underwent training in the use of force in 2018.

In other testimony, Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant serving as a prosecution use-of-force expert, said officers were justified in using force while Floyd was resisting their efforts to put him in a squad vehicle.

"We absolutely have a duty to render that", he said.

In this image from video Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill discusses motions before the court Tuesday

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

But 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 anything that is by policy.

She told the jury that if officers can not find a pulse on a subject, they are taught to immediately begin CPR and to administer first aid if they encounter a medical emergency.

Mr Nelson, Chauvin's attorney, noted on cross-examination that department policies direct officers to do what is reasonable in a given situation.

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Mr Nelson has suggested that onlookers, many of whom were shouting at Chauvin, might have affected officers' response. A bystander recorded Chauvin with his knee on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes, and Floyd is heard in the video saying he can not breathe.

But prosecutors quickly got Mr Arradondo to note that the clip played by Nelson depicted only the few seconds before Floyd was moved onto a stretcher.

The friend, Morries Hall, was in the vehicle with Floyd when police arrived.

Lt. Johnny Mercil, who oversees training for the department, said that while the department doesn't specifically forbid the restraint, it should have stopped as soon as Floyd was handcuffed and under control, the Star Tribune reports.

"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.

He also said there have been times when a suspect who was unconscious, became conscious.

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