Watch Live: Derek Chauvin Trial Enters Second Week Of Testimony
05 April, 2021, 23:18
He told jurors that he believed the cause of death was asphyxia. Based on what paramedics reported and on Floyd's medical condition, Langenfeld said the "more likely possibility" of Floyd's cardiac arrest was hypoxia, or lack of oxygen. The doctor said that he was not told of any efforts at the scene by bystanders or police to resuscitate Floyd but that paramedics told him they had tried for about 30 minutes. Langenfeld said he came to the conclusion that Floyd likely died because he was deprived of oxygen. Prosecutors allege that Chauvin's actions - particularly kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes - led to Floyd's death. He has pleaded not guilty, arguing that he did only what he was trained to do in his 19 years as a police officer.
A message that reads "Justice for George Floyd" is displayed in front of the former Minnesota National Guard armory near the Hennepin County Government Center as the city prepares for the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on March 28, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Jurors heard from more than a dozen witnesses in the opening days of the trial last week, many of whom broke down in tears when describing the events of May 25, 2020 - the day George Floyd died in police custody.
'There's a lot more that happened that affected Mr Chauvin's actions, he continued to investigate the alleged forgery. Nelson has not indicated whether Chauvin will testify in his own defense.
Langenfeld said Floyd's heart had stopped by the time he arrived at the hospital. He said once Floyd was handcuffed, he saw "no reason for why the officers felt they were in danger, if that's what they felt, and that's what they would have to feel to be able to use that kind of force". Parents said that it was "unfathomable", that the students would be asked to do an assignment that would use one of the country's high-profile cases. Chauvin, who is white, is accused of pinning his knee on the 46-year-old Black man's neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds as Floyd lay face-down in handcuffs outside of a corner market.
Across a pacey week the jury heard from eye-witnesses, among them the MMA fighter who called Chauvin out for using a lethal "blood choke, ' the off-duty fire fighter, bitter and angry that she had not been allowed to intervene and 61-year-old Charles McMillian who had tried to talk Floyd into the squad vehicle, to 'make it go easy" for him. Hansen, who was mostly stoic while testifying, was overcome as she recalled her frustration. Langenfeld said while some of the symptoms may overlap, Floyd did not display signs of "excited delirium" which is commonly caused by drug use, he told the court, along with other factors.
The murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is set to continue into its second week Monday.
Arradondo, who in 2017 became the first black person to lead the city's police force, fired Chauvin and three other officers who were involved the day after Floyd's death, which led to global protests against police brutality.
"Mr. George Floyd's tragic death was not due to a lack of training - the training was there", Arradondo said, at the time. "Chauvin knew what he was doing".
One officer asked twice if they should roll Floyd on his side to aid his breathing, and later said calmly that he thought Floyd was passing out.
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.
Testimony in the trial began last Monday and is expected to last about a month.
'He will not mince any words.
Video of the death plus officers' body-camera video and previously unseen bystander footage, was a heavy component of the first week of the trial, reawakening traumatic memories for viewers of the livestreamed trial. That will require analysis from medical experts who will explain Floyd's cause of death as well as testimony from police experts who will say that Chauvin used excessive and unnecessary force.
"What is your view of that use of force during that time period?"
Prosecutors have already called supervisory officers to build the case that Chauvin improperly restrained Floyd.