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Derek Chauvin trial live: Police chief testifies that restraint of George Floyd 'absolutely' violated policy, ethics of department

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MINNEAPOLIS —The city’s top cop told the court Monday that former officer Derek Chauvin’s restraint of George Floyd “absolutely” violates department policy and goes against “our ethics and our values.”

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified about police training and tactics, but he wasn’t allowed to discuss the firing of Chauvin, who is charged in Floyd’s death.

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

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



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