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Minneapolis police officials sharply criticize Derek Chauvin's use of force in direct blow to his defense

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified in Derek Chauvin's criminal trial on Monday about the importance of training, de-escalation and respect as prosecutors sought to show Chauvin did not follow department policy.

(CNN)In opening statements last week, Derek Chauvin's defense attorney said the former Minneapolis Police officer "did exactly what he had been trained to do" when he restrained George Floyd last May. But over the past few days, a series of police supervisors and high-level officials have taken the stand to directly contradict that claim.

Last week, Chauvin's direct supervisor said his use of force should have ended earlier, and the department's top homicide detective testified that kneeling on Floyd's neck after he had been handcuffed was "totally unnecessary. "

Combined, their testimony cuts at the heart of the defense's argument that Chauvin acted within his police training and employed an appropriate use of force.

Nelson said he planned to ask Hall about his interactions with Floyd that day, their suspected use of a counterfeit bill, whether he gave Floyd drugs and his statements to police about Floyd's behavior in the vehicle.

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