Trial of 3 officers accused of violating George Floyd rights enters second week – WCCO

St. Paul, MN. (AFP) Defense attorneys in the Minneapolis trial of three former police officers accused of violating the civil rights of George Floyd questioned a senior officer Monday about the department’s training on restrictions and the officer’s duty to intervene, as well as the culture they say teaches new officers not to question their superiors.

Federal prosecutors say ex-officers J. Alexander Kong, Thomas Lin and Tu Thao violated their training by failing to act to save Floyd’s life on May 25, 2020, when fellow officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the black man’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes while Floyd was handcuffed face down. He gasps for air. King knelt on Floyd’s back, Lane grabbed his legs and Thao kept passersby behind.

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The former chief of training for the Minneapolis Police Department, Inspector Katie Blackwill – on stage for a third day – testified that Kueng, Lane and Thao acted “inconsistently” with department policies, including not interfering in stopping Chauvin, not rolling Floyd on his side when he stopped About resistance and not providing medical help when he stopped breathing and they couldn’t find a pulse.

Thaw’s attorney, Robert Paul, challenged Blackwell on Monday over whether the officers had received proper training, including in the use of neck restraints. He also provided the department’s training materials on how to recognize and stop a person from experiencing “excited delirium” — an agitated condition that the training materials say can call for more aggressive discipline.

The material provided by Paul, from the in-service training that Thao would have, says that someone suffering from excited delirium, a contested condition, can display extraordinary strength. In the videos, people act erratically, the taser did not stop them and sometimes they shied away from police restraint.

Blackwell previously testified that people should be rolled on their side or placed upright after being tied up. But in the material presented on Monday, there is only one sentence in a training slide that says officers should put the person in recovery lateral mode.

Floyd struggled with officers who tried to put him in a police car and continued to struggle on the ground because he said he couldn’t breathe, before he eventually stopped moving. The videotaped killing sparked global protests and a re-examination of racism and the police.

Some medical examiners have attributed deaths in custody to excited delirium, often in cases where a person is very agitated after taking drugs, or has experienced a mental health episode or other health problem. But there is no universally accepted definition and the researchers said it is not well understood.

Lynn’s attorney, Earl Gray, suggested on Monday that his client did what he was trained to do, including trying to calm the situation, establishing restraint when Floyd stopped moving, checking his pulse, and asking if he should be rolled onto his side.

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Blackwell agreed with Gray that Lane went beyond what was needed by assisting paramedics in trying to revive Floyd in the ambulance that eventually arrived.

Blackwill testified that officers were instructed that it was their duty to intervene if a fellow officer was using unreasonable force, and that they learned to use the least amount of force necessary and to stop as soon as the person stopped resisting. Gray noted that the policy states that officers must stop or “try” to stop the force, which he said his client did.

Defense lawyers noted that Chauvin – who was a field training officer for new recruits – took charge at the scene. Blackwell testified that she saw no reason to remove Chauvin from his role as coach prior to Floyd’s murder.

Ball also said that while department policy allows officers to use their legs to carry out neck restraints, they have not been taught how to do so.

“In other words, police officers had absolutely no training in how to use the leg as a restraint mechanism,” he said. Blackwell agreed.

Kueng, who is black, Lin, who is white, and Thao, a Hmong American, are accused of deliberately depriving Floyd of his constitutional rights while working under the authority of the government. One of the charges against the three officers alleges that they saw Floyd require medical attention and failed to help. Calculation against Thao and Kueng confirms that they did not intervene to stop Chauvin. Both charges allege that the officers’ actions led to Floyd’s death.

Prosecutors argued that the “deliberate” standard could be met by displaying “grossly unlawful behavior” that denied Floyd, 46, his rights.

Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in state court last year and pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights charge. Lin, Kong and Thao also face a separate state trial in June on charges they allege aided and abetted manslaughter and manslaughter.

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