- Murder trial over George Floyd’s death enters second week
- Police chief Medaria Arradondo fired Chauvin the day after Floyd died
- Chauvin trial, week one: vivid testimony and focus on force
Here is the most important clip of the day so far. After so much harrowing video footage and lingering stills of then-officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck in the first day or two of last week, the jury and public has been spared.
But the prosecution decided it needed to show one of the defining images of the whole Floyd disaster, that picture of Chauvin, hand in pocket, sunglasses on his head, looking directly into a bystander’s phone camera, while Floyd is pinned under him.
Incredibly damning testimony from the Minneapolis police chief:
Derek Chauvin’s actions were “not part of policy, not part of our training, and certainly not part of our ethics or values.” pic.twitter.com/gS0RpTGGP0
Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo said that a neck restraint such as now-former police officer Derek Chauvin used on George Floyd was not acceptable.
“I absolutely agree it violates our policy,” Arradondo said.
CHIEF: A conscious neck restrained mentioned light to moderate pressure. When I look at exhibit 17, and…the facial expression of Mr. Floyd, that does not appear in any way, shape or form that that is light to moderate pressure…I absolutely agree it violates our policy.”