MINNEAPOLIS – A man in a car with George Floyd, last Memorial Day before he fights police officers, appeared before court on Tuesday to hear a possible testimony at the trial. The murder of former officer Derek Chauvin.
Morries Hall was warranted to appear as a witness at the trial. But he filed a complaint late last month saying he would refuse to answer questions if forced to testify. He appeared via Zoom on Tuesday. Judge Peter Cahill ordered defense and government attorneys to draft a suitable question for Hall, which may still be required to testify.
Meanwhile, Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo told a jury on Monday that Chovin̵7;s veto of Floyd. “Absolutely” violates departmental policies. He said that the restraint should be stopped. “When Mr. Floyd stopped working” and “when he was in distress and spoke”
Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree murder, black man Floyd died in police custody on May 25, 2020 after Chauvin, a white man, had long pinned Floyd’s knee to Floyd’s neck. Over nine minutes
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- Sgt.Ker Yang, Crisis Intervention Training Coordinator for the Minneapolis Police Department, was the first witness to take office on Tuesday.
- Family attorneys Floyd Benjamin Crump, Rev. Al Sharpton and Gwen Carr, mother of the late Eric Garner, were seen along with some members of the Floyd family awaiting a lift in court early Tuesday.
- The jury was heard by more than 20 witnesses.
- On Monday, Katie Blackwell, who led the Minneapolis Police Department training, said the department trains officers to use one or both arms for strangulation, not knee.
- Additionally, on Monday, doctors who provided Floyd emergency care at Hennepin County Medical Center testified that at the time of the incident, he believed Floyd had died from hypoxia rather than overdose or heart attack.
- Public safety officials said the trial was going “smoothly” and that there was no indication that the trial was going “smoothly”. “There is a threat to court proceedings or to the Twin Cities, both.”
Morries Hall, in the car with George Floyd, appears before the court.
Judge Peter Cahill would not let the man in the car with George Floyd avoid testifying at the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin.
Cahill ordered defense and government attorneys to outline narrowed questions for Morries Hall, who appeared before court on Tuesday via Zoom.He was detained at the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility on unrelated charges.
Hall was subpoenaed to appear as witnesses both by the Chow Win defense and the government. Hall, however, filed a petition late last month to suspend the subpoena on the grounds that he would demand his fifth amendment against the allegations and refused to answer questions if he was forced to. Testify
The judge said he would schedule another hearing after Hall had the opportunity to review questions with Adrienne Cousins, a public defender who represented Hall.
Hall’s name came about last week. Defense attorney Eric Nelson asked Floyd’s girlfriend Courtney Ross about Hall. Ross admitted she told FBI investigators that Floyd bought drugs from Hall, but in In court, she said that she “I could not see with my own eyes”
Ross said she was in the car at the hotel while Floyd bought the drugs a week before his death. She said she was talking on the phone with him and thought she had heard Hall’s voice in the background. She testified that she had only learned later that Floyd was with Hall on the day Floyd died.
Medaria Arradondo, Minneapolis Police Chief: Floyd Deterrence ‘Absolutely’ violates the policy.
Medaria Arradondo, Minneapolis Police Chief, who shot Derek Chauvin and three other officers involved in the incident, said Monday, under questioning whether he believed Chauvin was trying to exercise throat control. Consciously with Floyd, which involves applying light to moderate pressure on a person with Actively resist the police according to the policy of the department
But while looking at Chauvin’s kneeling slide on Floyd’s neck, Arradando said from Floyd’s images and facial expressions, it “doesn’t appear in any shape or form, that is, light to moderate pressure,” Arradando added: “I strongly disagree that that is the proper use of force for that situation.”
The restraint should stop. “When Mr Floyd stopped resisting” and “when he was in distress and spoke out,” Arradondo said, he added that “it was reasonable to try to keep him under control for the first few seconds”.
And, apparently, when Mr. Floyd is no longer responding and even inactive, continue to use that level of force on the person who pronounces it, handcuffed behind their backs. The model is not supported by the policy, it is not. It’s backed up by our training and it’s definitely not our ethics or values, ”Arradondo said.
Arradondo said officers violated the department’s policies by failing to provide Floyd first aid when he appeared to be not breathing while they waited for an ambulance.
Upon investigation by defense attorney Eric Nelson, Arradondo admitted he had not made a personal arrest in years. He also admitted that in comparing the side-by-side stand-by video to the officer body cam video, Chauvin’s back knee was more on Floyd’s shoulder blade than his neck.
The moment in the video came at the end of the incident after doctors arrived and checked Floyd’s neck for a pulse. In the body cam video, Chauvin can be seen moving his knees and leaning back slightly.
Doctors told jurors he believed hypoxia was not an overdose or heart attack as the cause of death.
Bradford Langenfeld testified on Monday morning, telling the jury that he ordered Floyd’s care at Hennepin County Medical Center and took about 30 minutes to complete. Save his life before announcing that he has died.
Investigated by prosecutor Jerry Blackwell, Langenfeld said the doctors who brought Floyd to the hospital did not provide him with any information on whether Floyd may have overdosed or suffered a heart attack.
Langenfeld said Floyd has electrical activity around the heart but no pulse. Floyd’s heart never beats on its own. “At the level necessary to sustain life,” he said.
Asked by Blackwell what causes cardiac arrest, Floyd Langenfeld said: “At the time, based on my history, I felt that hypoxia was one of the greatest possibilities.” Oxygen, which Langenfeld said he believed, caused Floyd’s death from asphyxiation.
During a cross-examination by defense attorney Eric Nelson Langenfeld admitted that the combination of fentanyl and methamphetamine could cause hypoxia. Floyd’s toxicology screen after his death found fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system.
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