Family Physicians. Whether you're at the beach by yourself or with fully vaccinated family or friends, Stewart added, what helps reduce
Day 1: Trial proceedings started with opening statements from the prosecution and defense. Prosecutors revealed that Chauvin was on Floyd's neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds — an update on the initially reported 8 minutes and 46 seconds. After opening statements, jurors heard from three witnesses, including a 911 dispatcher, an employee from a nearby gas station and a professional mixed martial arts fighter who stumbled upon the scene.
Day 2: Six bystanders testified on the second day of Chauvin's criminal trial: a 9-year-old girl, three high school students, a mixed martial arts fighter and a Minneapolis firefighter. They described their feelings of horror and fear as they watched Floyd slowly die under Chauvin's knee.
Day 3: The third day of Chauvin's trial featured testimony from several bystanders who interacted with Floyd as well as graphic excerpts of police body camera footage showing his arrest and final moments. In the videos, Floyd gasps that he's claustrophobic, repeatedly says he can't breathe and calls for his mother.
Day 4: Floyd's girlfriend spoke about Floyd's struggles with opioid addiction, and several first responders said that Floyd appeared dead when they arrived on the scene. A former police shift supervisor testified that Chauvin's use of force should have ended earlier. The jury also heard Chauvin explain his version of what happened in a call captured on body-camera footage.
Day 5: Two high-ranking Minneapolis police officers testified on Friday. Lt. Richard Zimmerman, who leads the Minneapolis Police's homicide unit, told the court that the use of force by Chauvin against Floyd was “totally unnecessary.” Zimmerman said the restraint should have “absolutely” stopped once Floyd was handcuffed and on the ground. Sgt. Jon Curtis Edwards described how he secured the crime scene and made contact with J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, who were the only two officers there. Edwards said he had his body camera activated when he arrived, but neither officer had their body camera on when he met them.
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Floyd should have been treated with greater care if he was suspected to be on opioids, attorney says
From CNN's Aditi Sangal
As Derek Chauvin’s trial enters its second week, George Floyd’s family attorney Chris Stewart criticized the defense for trying to target Floyd’s opioid addiction.
“If [Chauvin’s defense team is] saying that they suspected George Floyd of being on opioids, or whatever it may be, which is a health crisis, they should have treated him with greater care,” he told CNN. “That's where you know you can't hold somebody down for an extended period of time, you can't choke somebody out … because they're already dealing with something in their system.”
Many police officers, including Chauvin's former supervisor Sgt. David Pleoger, gave testimonies that spoke against Chauvin’s actions.
“For once, in a trial we're hearing officers stand up for themselves and say what he did was wrong. Normally you don't hear from officers,” Stewart said Monday.
“We didn't have officers stepping forward like we do now, which is something to be proud of for them. They're acknowledging this should not have happened, which is all that the community wants. All the nation wants is for officers to step forward, be honest about it and say, ‘look, this is not how policing should be done," he continued.The most senior officer on the Minneapolis police department testified last Thursday that actions like those used on George Floyd are not part of police department training, saying “if your knee is on a person’s neck, that could kill them.”
Lt. Richard Zimmerman, who supervises the Minneapolis Police Department homicide unit, testified that actions like those used on Floyd are not part of police department training.
Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on Floyd’s neck while he lay handcuffed outside of Cup Foods as Floyd told Chauvin and three other officers that he could not breathe.
Zimmerman is the longest serving officer in the department, he told prosecutor Matthew Frank, and has been trained every year in the use of force.
He said he has never been trained by the Minneapolis Police Department to kneel on the back of a suspect.
“That would be the top tier, the deadly force,” Zimmerman told prosecutor Matthew Frank.
There is a continuum of force that officers can use depending on the situation, that ranges from simply being on scene, to verbal skills, a “soft” technique like escorting a person by their arm, or hard techniques like handcuffs, all the way up to deadly force.
Once a person is in custody, their safety and well-being are the officers’ responsibility.
“Once you secure a person you need to get them out of the prone position as soon as possible because it restricts their breathing,” Zimmerman told the court. “Once a person is cuffed, you need to turn them on their side or have them sit up.”
Suspects are a much smaller threat to officers after they are in handcuffs.
“Once a person is cuffed, the threat level goes down all the way. They are cuffed, how can they really hurt you,” he said. “You getting injured is way down. You could have some guy try to kick you or something, but you can move out of the way. That person is handcuffed, you know, so the threat level is just not there.”
When someone stops resisting, officers should work to calm them down.
“If they become less combative, you may just have them sit down on a curb. The idea is to calm the person down and if they are not a threat to you at that point, you try to help them so that they are not as upset as they may have been in the beginning,” Zimmerman testified
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