The homicide trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin resumes Tuesday morning, with witness testimonies and evidence presentation following shortly. Here’s a few things to know.
Morries Lester Hall, a key witness in the case, will appear remotely from the Hennepin County jail. He has told the court he will invoke his fifth amendment right if asked to testify in the trial. Chief Medaria Arradondo of the Minneapolis police department, the city’s first Black chief, took the stand on Monday. Arradondo fired Chauvin and three other officers on May 26, the day after George Floyd’s death. He has previously referred to Floyd’s death as a “murder.” Arradondo testified against Chauvin, stating he should’ve let Floyd off the ground sooner and the pressure applied to Floyd’s neck wasn’t light to moderate. He also claimed Chauvin failed in his duty to supply first aid prior to the ambulance’s arrival, and that he violated policy regarding de-escalation of situations. “That action is not de-escalation. 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,” said Arradondo.
Also occurring on Monday, the ER doctor who pronounced Floyd dead, after an attempt to resuscitate him, testified his heart likely stopped due to lack of oxygen. Prosecutors are arguing the White, male defendant killed Floyd by kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds while he lay face down on the street in handcuffs. However, the defense argues Chauvin carried out the situation as he was trained to do, and that Floyd’s drug use prior to his arrest, along with underlying health conditions, caused his death. The Hennepin County Medical examiner, when conducting the autopsy, found fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system. Another key person who took the stand was Floyd’s girlfriend, Courtney Ross, who described their shared struggle with opioid addiction. There will be more to come as this trial continues.
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ARTICLE: EMILY HINES
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