Police chief condemns Derek Chauvin: ‘Not part of our ethics or values’


Testimony continued Monday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd on May 25. Police chief says Chauvin violated multiple policies. The city’s top cop testified Monday that Chauvin putting his knee on Floyd’s neck wasn’t allowed by the department’s use of force policy. “That is not what we teach, and that shouldn’t be condoned,” Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said. Arradondo testified that typically police would respond to a report of a person passing a fake $20 bill — as alleged in this case — but the person wouldn’t be taken into custody. Arradondo said Chauvin went against Minneapolis Police Department policy on use of force, de-escalation, neck restraints and rendering aid to someone in distress. Asked when the use of force should have ended, Arradondo said Floyd had stopped resisting, and “clearly” the force should have stopped when Floyd was motionless.

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