Minneapolis police chief set to take stand in Derek Chauvin trial

Minneapolis police chief set to take stand in Derek Chauvin trial


Minneapolis’ top cop is expected to take the stand as soon as Monday in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial.

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo has previously characterized George Floyd’s police-custody death after passing a counterfeit $20 bill on May 25 as “murder.”

“Mr. George Floyd’s tragic death was not due to a lack of training – the training was there,” Arradondo said in June. “Chauvin knew what he was doing.”

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Arradondo also noted at the time that bystanders “shouted out” to the officers, including Chauvin, that Floyd, 46, had stopped communicating for several minutes after he was non-responsive.

In opening statements last week, prosecutor Jerry Blackwell previewed Arradondo’s expected testimony for jurors.

“He will not mince any words. He’s very clear,” Blackwell said. “He will be very decisive, this was excessive force.”

Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck during the May 25 arrest.Facebook/Darnella Frazier/AFP

Chauvin, who is white, was seen on footage pressing his knee into the

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