By Adebayo Fajinmi
Police chief in Minneapolis, Medaria Arradondo has testified that Derek Chauvin obviously violated Minneapolis Police Department rules and its ethics code on respecting the “sanctity of life” in the deadly arrest of George Floyd in May, 2020.
Arradondo said this at the former officer’s murder trial on Monday.
Arradondo who is the first Black person to lead the city’s police has disputed the defense’s claim by Chauvin that he was following the training he had received in his 19 years in the force.
Speaking on how Chauvin, who is white, held his knee on the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, for more than nine minutes, he said “It’s not part of our training, and it is certainly not part of our ethics and our values.”
Also in his testimony that lasted for more than 3hours on Monday, he disagreed that that was appropriate use of force for that situation on May 25.”
“It’s contrary to our training to indefinitely place your knee on a prone, handcuffed individual for an indefinite period of time,” he added.
Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson in cross-examination began with getting Arradondo to say it had been “many years” since he himself had made an arrest.
TOS News has gathered that pprosecutors in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial have called more expert witnesses on Tuesday to testify against the former Minneapolis police officer.