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Police chief: Officers are trained in de-escalation techniques

April 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified today that his officers are trained in the department's de-escalation policy.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified today that his officers are trained in the department's de-escalation policy.

Arradondo said the Minneapolis police department has a policy that says people have the "absolute First Amendment right" to record officers interacting and engaging with a community member.

During witness testimony from Dr. Bradford Wankhede Langenfeld – the emergency physician who pronounced George Floyd dead – the prosecution honed in on the details of exactly what happened when Floyd got to the hospital.

Langenfeld said the paramedics who brought Floyd to the hospital gave him a report detailing what happened on the scene.

Dr. Bradford Wankhede Langenfeld, an emergency physician at Hennepin County Medical Center who provided treatment to George Floyd, just testified that "hypoxia" was a likely cause of George Floyd's cardiac arrest.

Asked again by the prosecuting attorney if the doctor's "leading theory then for the cause of Mr. Floyd's cardiac arrest" was oxygen deficiency, Dr. Langenfeld said:

Dr. Bradford Wankhede Langenfeld, an emergency physician at Hennepin County Medical Center who provided treatment to George Floyd, said the paramedics who brought Floyd to the hospital gave him a report detailing what happened on the scene.

He said the report also did not say that Floyd received CPR from any bystanders or any of the police officers.

"I did not receive a report that Mr. Floyd had received standard CPR, no," Langenfeld testified when asked by the prosecuting attorney whether he received any information or indication from the paramedics when they brought Floyd in that anyone had attempted CPR on him at the scene.

The sixth day of testimony in the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin just started.

The police department's most senior officer called Chauvin's actions on the day of Floyd's death "totally unnecessary. " The trial also centered on a blow-by-blow breakdown of Floyd's last day, including video from a bevy of cellphones, surveillance cameras and police body cameras.

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