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Derek Chauvin trial live: Doctor believed lack of oxygen 'likely' caused Floyd's death; Police chief Medaria Arradondo testifying

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MINNEAPOLIS — The city’s top cop took the witness stand Monday in the murder trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, charged in George Floyd’s death.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo was expected to testify about police training and tactics, but he will not be allowed to discuss Chauvin’s firing for the jurors.

Meanwhile, the doctor who provided emergency care to Floyd at Hennepin County Medical Center was the first person to testify Monday morning.  He told jurors that – at the time and based on the information he had available – he believed Floyd died from a lack of oxygen, rather than an overdose or heart attack.

Last week, jurors heard from 19 people including several who witnessed Floyd’s death and broke down in tears on the stand as they described their attempts to intervene on his behalf. On Friday, veteran officer Lt. Richard Zimmerman told the court that Chauvin’s use of force on Floyd was “totally unnecessary.”



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