Trial in George Floyd’s death expected to turn to ex-cop’s training

LIVE UPDATES: Derek Chauvin trial continues Monday

After describing the training that Chauvin, whom she said she's known for 20 years, has received throughout his career, Blackwell said his technique - kneeling on Floyd's neck while the Black man lay on his stomach - was not a maneuver the training operation taught.

Arradondo, a fifth-generation Minnesotan, joined the Minneapolis Police Department as a patrol officer, eventually working his way up to precinct inspector and head of the Internal Affairs Unit, which investigates officer misconduct allegations.

Prosecutors say Chauvin's knee killed Floyd.

Dr Cedric Alexander, the former police chief and public safety director of DeKalb county, Georgia, told The Guardian: 'It's a pretty remarkable move on the part of the prosecution. "And when we talk about the framework of our sanctity of life and when we talk about our principles and the values that we have, that action goes contrary to what we are talking about".

Also testifying on Monday was the doctor who treated Floyd when he was brought to the emergency room at the Hennepin County Medical Centre.

The doctor who tried to revive George Floyd has told the court that for each minute he spent in cardiac arrest without CPR, his chances of survival fell by up to 15 per cent.

He said a lack of oxygen was the most likely reason Floyd's heart had stopped beating.

Chauvin, 45, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and manslaughter.

The trial which is being televised nationally saw Chauvin's defense attorneys claim that the cause of Floyd's death was a combination of things including drugs and heart disease.

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There is lots of speculation as to what kind of verdict the jury will deliver, as defense lawyers have argued that Floyd had tested positive for massive amounts of fentanyl in his body in his autopsy.

"The first witness, that 911 dispatcher which had that bombshell testimony, when she said I don't want to be a snitch, but what I'm seeing is not right", said George Floyd's Family Attorney Benjamin Crump. A summary report listed fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use under "other significant conditions" but not under "cause of death".

Speaking softly and soberly he recalled, 'In the absence of any apparent reversable cause, [I felt that] the likelihood of any meaningful outcome was far below 1 percent and we would not be able to resuscitate Mr Floyd, so I then pronounced him dead'. But on questioning from the prosecutor, the doctor said the high levels were also consistent with cardiac arrest - the stopping of the heart.

Floyd had been in cardiac arrest before arriving at the hospital and doctors worked on him for roughly half an hour after his arrival. Arradondo, the city's first Black chief, fired Chauvin and three other officers the day after Floyd's death.

Prosecutor Steve Schleicher noted that while some people may become more risky under the influence of drugs or alcohol, some may actually be "more vulnerable". Another said Chauvin never eased up, either by putting a hand on the ground or leaning on a squad auto next to him.

"Once Mr. Floyd, and this is based on my viewing of the videos, had stopped resisting and certainly once he was in distress and trying to verbalize that, that should have stopped", Arradondo said.

The officers also rebuffed offers of help from an off-duty Minneapolis firefighter who wanted to administer aid or tell officers how to do it.

The report said Mr Floyd died of "cardiopulmonary arrest, complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression". Arradondo and Mayor Jacob Frey have also made several policy changes, including expanding requirements for reporting use-of-force incidents and documenting their attempts to de-escalate situations even when force isn't used.

Prosecutors highlighted video from Officer Thomas Lane's body camera on which he can be heard suggesting to Chauvin after Floyd lost consciousness that he be turned on his side, showing that Lane seemed to grasp the danger. A duty sergeant and a lieutenant who leads the homicide division both questioned Chauvin's actions in pinning Floyd to the ground.

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