How Derek Chauvin's trial is bringing down the blue wall

NBC News

By Janelle Griffith
Pool Via Reuters
Pool Via Reuters

During his lengthy testimony Monday, Minneapolis' police chief minced no words in condemning the actions of Derek Chauvin, the former officer who is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd.

"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," Chief Medaria Arradondo said. "It is not part of our training, and it is certainly not part of our ethics or values."

Arradondo's testimony should have come as no surprise. In his opening statement, prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told jurors that Arradondo wouldn't hold back in his assessment that Chauvin used "excessive force" when he knelt on Floyd's neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds last May.

Still, Arradondo's testimony was rare. That he was joined by a string of other law enforcement officers was remarkable.

Publish : 2021-04-08 13:51:00

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