Key takeaways from Day 6 of Derek Chauvin’s trial in George Floyd’s death

first_imgScott Olson/Getty ImagesBY: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC NEWS(MINNEAPOLIS) — Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo took the witness stand in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin on Monday and testified the former officer violated numerous use-of-force and ethics policies in the fatal arrest of George Floyd, including the force’s underlying motto to “protect with courage and serve with compassion.”Arradondo, the highest-profile witness yet to testify for the prosecution, went over page after page of his police force’s policies on use-of-force, de-escalation and best practices, some of which he personally wrote.Prosecutor Steve Schleicher asked Arradondo if he would describe the force Chauvin used on Floyd on May 25, 2020, as proper and according to the training of Minneapolis police officers.“I absolutely do not agree with that,” Arradondo answered. “That action is not de-escalation and when we talk about the framework of our sanctity of life and when we talk about the principles and values that we have that action goes contrary to what we’re taught.”Arradondo said he drew his conclusions based on police body-camera, surveillance and bystander video he reviewed in the hours after Floyd was pronounced dead.After being shown a photo, described as “Exhibit 17,” of Chauvin digging his knee into Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds while the handcuffed 46-year-old Black man was prone on the ground with two other officers holding him down, the chief said the tactic was not the type of “conscious neck restraint” his officers have been trained to use.“A conscious neck restraint by policy mentions light to moderate pressure. When I look at Exhibit 17 and when I look at the facial expression of Mr. Floyd, that does not appear in any way, shape or form that that is light to moderate pressure,” he said.Asked if the restraint Chauvin used on Floyd was a violation of department policy, Arradondo answered, “I absolutely agree that violates our policy.”“It has to be objectively reasonable. We have to take into account the circumstances, information, the threat to the officer, the threat to others, the severity of that. So that is not part of our policy. That is not what we teach and that should be condoned,” he added.Schleicher asked Arradondo if he has an opinion on when Chauvin should have stopped using the restraint on Floyd.“Once Mr. Floyd, and this is based on my viewing of the videos, had stopped resisting and certainly once he was in distress and trying to verbalize that, that should have stopped,” Arradondo said. “To continue to apply that level of force to a person proned out, handcuffed behind his back, that in no way shape or form is anything that is by policy. It’s not part of our training and it is certainly not part of our ethics or values.”Arradondo also said that it was troubling to see that Chauvin, and the other officers who restrained Floyd, failed to provide first aid even though they had checked for a pulse and not found one.“I agree the defendant violated our policy in terms of rendering aid,” Arradondo said.Arradondo was asked to read a key section of his department’s procedure manual as Schleicher sought to establish how it pertained to the encounter Floyd had with Chauvin and three other officers involved in the arrest, but was precluded from discussing his decision in front of the jury.“Be courteous, respectful, polite and professional. Ensure that the length of any detention is no longer than necessary to take appropriate action for the known or suspected offense,” Arradondo said as he read the training manual.Arradondo also went into great detail about the de-escalation procedures officers are mandated to follow, saying it’s really about attempting to stretch out “time, options and resources.”He said officers are trained to know how to assess a subject they are encountering for medical conditions, mental impairment, developmental disabilities and whether they are in the throes of a behavioral crisis or under the influence of drugs. The officers are also retrained on this annually, Arradondo said.He said Floyd did not appear to be a threat to the officers or other citizens during the incident, and added that Floyd should have never been arrested for the minor offense of trying to buy a pack of cigarettes with a phony $20 bill, which is a misdemeanor.He said that instead of de-escalating the situation, Chauvin’s actions escalated it.“It’s really primarily trying to provide an opportunity to stabilize a situation, to de-escalate it. The goal is having a safe and peaceful outcome,” Arradondo testified, reading from the department’s code of ethics.In one dramatic moment, Arradondo pointed to Chauvin sitting at the defense table and identified him as wearing a blue suit, light blue tie and white shirt.The chief terminated Chauvin’s 19-year-career as a police officer a day after his encounter with Floyd.During cross-examination, Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, attempted to undermine Arradondo’s earlier testimony, by asking when the last time the chief had made an arrest of a combative person.“It’s been a number of years,” Arradondo said.Head police trainer testifiesMinneapolis police Inspector Katie Blackwell, who was the department’s training commander at the time of Floyd’s death, testified that Chauvin was fully trained in the most current procedures and practices, and had undergone an in-service retraining in everything from defensive tactics to first aid in March of 2020.Blackwell testified that she has known Chauvin for nearly 20 years and even selected him to be a field training officer. She said Chauvin went through the department’s field-training officer program in 2018.“We were trying to make sure that they understood what the recruits are being taught because they’re going to evaluate them out there and they’re the closest thing to a supervisor that that young recruit officer has,” Blackwell said.She was shown a photo of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck and asked by Schleicher if that was a training technique taught at the time she was overseeing the training unit.“It is not,” Blackwell responded.When asked why, Blackwell said, “I don’t know what kind of improvised position that is. So, it’s not what we train.”Doctor who pronounced Floyd deadDr. Bradford Lagenfeld, who declared Floyd dead, was the first witness called to testify for the protection on Monday and said Floyd likely died from asphyxia.Langenfeld, who was a senior resident in the emergency room at Hennepin County Medical Center in May 2020, when Floyd died, detailed the feverish pace he and his team took in performing a series of procedures to determine if there was even a chance to revive Floyd, at one point cutting open the patient’s chest.Langenfeld was the senior resident on duty in the emergency room when George Floyd was brought to Hennepin County Medical Center. He took over Floyd’s care from the paramedics who testified last week that Floyd’s heart had “flatlined” and that, in layman’s terms, he was dead when they transported him to the hospital.The physician testified that he believed, based on the tests he was able to run at the hospital and also the reports he received from the paramedics, that the primary reason for Floyd’s cardiac arrest was a lack of oxygen, or asphyxia, and not a heart attack or drug overdose as the defense contends.He also said the lack of first aid rendered to Floyd as the officers waited for paramedics to arrive dramatically reduced the chances of reviving Floyd, saying that survival drops 10% to 15% each minute CPR is not administered.On cross-examination, Nelson attempted to tie Floyd’s death to fentanyl and methamphetamine — drugs that were found in his system during an autopsy. Langenfeld agreed with Nelson that the use of those drugs can cause shortness of breath and suppress a person’s breathing.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Town needs affordable housing for seniors

first_imgRotterdam is a nice place to live. Its residents are mostly folks that are getting older or families. I’ve lived here all my life. All around, new apartments are going up — most of them for “seniors” or those “over 55.” That’s great, but most senior citizens can’t afford them. Although some can, let’s focus on the masses who can’t. We live on a very limited income and usually are alone. You really expect a senior to afford $1,200 and up for an apartment? Where do the food, prescriptions and other daily living necessities come in? We worked hard all our lives. Why can’t contractors find it in good conscience to think of the elderly? We are quiet, no parties, no police. We just want to be able to call someplace our home and live our lives there. How about building new apartments for the seniors in Rotterdam that are affordable? Really affordable. Most of us have had to sell our homes or give them up. This would be so wonderful for those that need a place to live.Karen EpliteRotterdam More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more


Ankit, Kalaivani lead India to six boxing gold medals at 13th SAG

first_img COMMENT Written By WATCH US LIVE National champion Ankit Khatana (75kg) and rising star Kalaivani Srinivasan (48kg) led India to six boxing gold medals even as World Championships bronze medallist Manish Kaushik settled for a silver medal at the 13th South Asian Games on Monday. In men’s category, Vinod Tanwar (49kg), Sachin (56kg), and Gaurav Chauhan (91kg) were the others who finished on top, while Parveen (60kg) was the other woman pugilist to take the gold for India.READ | Steve Smith Admits To Copying Kane Williamson And Reveals Nervousness Ahead Of Perth TestTanwar thrashes Wangodi 5-0In the men’s 49kg final, Bhutan’s Tashi Wangdi proved no match for Tanwar, who easily cruised to a 5-0 win. Sachin was equally impressive and hardly broke a sweat against Bangladesh’s Mia Md Robin in 56kg, soaring to a win by the same scoreline. Khatana was unstoppable and stamped his authority over Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Maduranga Don Pathirage in the middleweight summit clash on his way to a commanding 5-0 victory. Gaurav Chauhan faced some stiff resistance from Pakistan’s Sanaullah early on in their 91kg face-off but was soon able to find his punches that helped him notch up a 4-1 win. While his compatriots performed up to the expectations, it was Manish Kaushik’s 64kg final loss that was the biggest surprise for the entire contingent. READ | Wasim Jaffer Becomes First Indian To Play 150 Ranji MatchesKaushik was at his menacing best throughout the tournament but was outdone by Nepal’s Bhupendra Thapa, who recorded a huge 5-0 upset win. “Today man of the match goes to Vinod Tanwar in my view, opponent was a rough puncher. He took him very easy by step back punch and sidestep punch and won the match by 5:0. “Manish’s opponent was very rough and he received 1 or 3 clear punches. It was unfortunate but this tournament was definitely a good experience for him,” said India’s men’s boxing chief coach, CA Kuttappa. The women, in contrast, had to fight hard for the gold. One of the most promising talents, Kalaivani showed her resilience in her 3-2 victory over Nepal’s Maharjan Lalita in 48kg. Parveen too showed her guts and gumption in a brave 3-2 triumph over Nepal’s Sunar Sangita in 60kg but 2017 Asian Championship bronze medallist Shiksha bowed out 0-5 to Minu Gurung of Nepal in 54kg.On Tuesday, Vikas Krishan (69kg), Narender (+91kg), Sparsh (52kg), Varinder (60kg) will be aiming for the gold from the men, while Pinki Rani (51kg), Sonia Lather (57kg), and Manju Bamboriya (64kg) will be hoping for a top-podium finish in women’s category. READ | Satwik-Chirag, Para Shuttler Pramod Nominated For BWF AwardsREAD | Indian Eves Win 3-Nations Hockey Tournament Despite Loss To Australia In Final Game LIVE TV Press Trust Of India center_img First Published: 9th December, 2019 22:27 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 9th December, 2019 22:27 IST Ankit, Kalaivani Lead India To Six Boxing Gold Medals At 13th SAG National champion Ankit Khatana and rising star Kalaivani Srinivasan led India to six boxing gold medals at the 13th South Asian Games on Monday FOLLOW USlast_img read more


Hockey Hall of Fame 2019: Vaclav Nedomansky’s induction goes beyond NHL

first_imgIt’s nice to see that the Hockey Hall of Fame is finally inducting Vaclav Nedomansky as an honored member today.Big Ned was Czechoslovakia’s star center on the international hockey stage in the late 1960s and early ‘70s. He paved the way for the likes of the Stastny brothers to slip past the Iron Curtain when he defected from the Eastern European communist country to come play professional hockey in North America in 1974. There is a reason Jaromir Jagr wore No. 68 everywhere he played, and there is an echo of Nedomansky in it. Jagr’s jersey number referenced 1968, one of the most turbulent years of the 20th century. And it resonates with all Czechs, and all Slovaks, who are united in their recollections of what happened that fateful year in Czechoslovakia. 2019 HHOF class: Carbonneau | Wickenheiser | Zubov | Rutherford | York | Brown | HughsonThe year began with the election of a political reformist as head of the country’s ruling communist party, and bloomed into the Prague Spring, a time of mass protests and liberalization. That hope-filled time behind the Iron Curtain lasted until Aug. 21, the day Warsaw Pact tanks rolled into the capital and the Soviet Union cracked down and put an end to the burgeoning revolution. To say there were hard feelings is beyond an understatement. With few outlets to vent their frustrations, Czechoslovakians found common purpose in cheering on their national teams in any field of competition that offered an opportunity to do battle with the U.S.S.R.Czechoslovakia’s national hockey team won the silver medal at the 1968 Winter Olympics and Nedomansky was its star player. At 6-2, 210-pounds, the high-scoring center stood out for his size during that era.The Soviet crackdown cost Czechoslovakia the opportunity to host the 1969 world championships, which relocated to Sweden. All the more fuel to the fire that burned in the bellies of its hockey players, who were scheduled to play the reigning Olympic and world champion U.S.S.R. twice in Stockholm.Nedomansky provided an iconic moment to highlight the fierce competition when he shoved the U.S.S.R. net off its moorings after setting up teammate Jan Suchy’s power-play goal, Czechoslovakia’s opener in a 2-0 win in the first meeting on March 21. Big Ned scored in the rematch one week later, a 4-3 win for Czechoslovakia. Those two precious victories made the bronze-medal victory more valuable to their countrymen than the gold claimed once again by the Soviets.—Nedomansky was an exceptional goal scorer. He averaged just under one goal per game in 12 seasons with Slovan Bratislava in the Czechoslovak Extraliga from 1962-74. During the same time period, he had 119 points in Olympic and world championship competition while playing for Czechoslovakia, including an astounding 80 goals in 93 games.After winning a bronze medal at the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo, Nedomansky was ready for the biggest challenge of his career, escaping from communism to pursue a professional career.The Atlanta Flames were in the running in the cloak and dagger bid to lure Big Ned to the NHL, but it was the World Hockey Association’s Toronto Toros that won out and brought him to North America.Nedomansky, who was 30 when he made his WHA debut in 1974, had 41 goals and 81 points in his first pro season; then followed that up by leading Toronto with 56 goals and 98 points in 1975-76.Big Ned had another productive season after the Toros moved to Birmingham and became the Bulls, but early in his second campaign in Alabama, he was part of a historic trade that saw him dealt from the WHA to the Detroit Red Wings.Limited to 28 points in 63 games in his first NHL season, Nedomansky bounced back to lead Detroit with 38 goals and 73 points in 1978-79. He topped that with 74 points, including 35 goals, the following season. His sixth and final NHL season was split between the New York Rangers and the St. Louis Blues.Nedomansky had 277 points (121 goals, 156 assists) in 420 games in the NHL, after averaging just over a point a game in the WHA — 253 points (135 goals, 118 assists) in 252 games in just over four seasons.But those numbers are only part of Big Ned’s story, and it’s clear that his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame rightfully honors him among the greatest players of his era.last_img read more


Bruh moment of 5th November 2019: Even a Dolphin knows which club is at…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/Twitter(@borussia_en)Advertisement umNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsvxp5b6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E76( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 12zoWould you ever consider trying this?😱6tn4vCan your students do this? 🌚10pRoller skating! Powered by Firework The usage of animals to predict results in sports has been a long running trend, From using ‘Paul the Octopus’, ‘Shaheen the Camel’, ‘Achilles the Cat’ to predict fixture results in FIFA World Cups, to the several animal predictors present in Super Bowl games. Cut back to Germany, where the Bundesliga is stocking up in pecularity, the table toppers Borussia Mönchengladbach have their own prognosticator seen in a video- a Dolphin!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/Twitter(@borussia_en)Well, its just an edited video. Gladbach has been very upfront on publicizing their position in the German top flight, and their social media team has also been working. They have released a video yesterday with the caption “It doesn’t take the world’s smartest animal to tell you who’s top of the Bundesliga” with a Dolphin nodding to the club’s crest, while denying the other Bundesliga elites. Creative work. Check it out on the club’s official Twitter-Advertisement The original video was of a dolphin choosing its food. After rejecting some junk foods, it agrees to seeing a fish. The editors put the club’s crest on the fish, while putting the crests of Bayern, RB Leipzig and Dortmund on the fast foods.However, Die Fohlen have all the rights to celebrate. After failing to secure a Champions League finish for three consecutive years, Marco Rose and his boys are right on top of the table this season, with 22 points from 10 matches, 3 points ahead of Dortmund. A spot that would have been secured by the usual leaders Bayern, who are now down struggling in fourth, Mönchengladbach are rightfully expecting the trophy since their last one back in 1977. Advertisementlast_img read more


Ball, Lakers romp past Pistons

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Read Next “This is the way we want to play,” said Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, who had 13 points. “This is kind of the identity we want to bring every single game.”Larry Nance Jr. had 14 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double for the Lakers, who had lost the previous three games against the Pistons. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 13 points in his first chance to play against the Pistons, who drafted him No. 8 overall in 2013.Tobias Harris and Reggie Jackson each had 18 points for the Pistons, who were unable to sweep their three-game California road trip. Andre Drummond had 10 points and 12 rebounds.Ball had a modest statistical performance, finishing with six rebounds and three assists, but Lakers head coach Luke Walton credited him with setting the tone. Ball was aggressive in attacking the paint to create an easy shot for himself or a teammate, and that unselfishness became infectious.Seven Lakers finished with double figures, and six had at least three assists.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy was unsure about how his team might handle the adulation associated with a surprising 5-2 start, and those concerns proved to be well-founded in a loss he described as a “humbling experience.“There’s nothing we did well and they dominated us,” Van Gundy said. “We had no fight in us. It was a bad, bad night.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lakers used a 16-5 run in the first quarter to take a lead they would never relinquish, eventually jumping out in front by as many as 23.Another superb defensive effort keyed the win, as the Lakers allowed three free-throws, the fewest in a game in franchise history. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img Lakers: Visit the Portland Trailblazers on Thursday. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, front, passes the ball past Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson defending during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 113-93. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers were locked in to deliver their best effort of the season. The Detroit Pistons were anything but ready, and the gap between the two mindsets was obvious.Julius Randle scored 17 points, Lonzo Ball added 13 and the Lakers smashed the Pistons 113-93 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT “Take away the Phoenix game, this is the best game he’s played I thought,” Walton said. “The way that his pace was, the way he pushed the ball all the time. He was in the other team’s paint. He just set the tone and I thought the whole team fed off the way he was playing.”TIP INSPistons: After allowing 24 fast-break points in their first seven games, the Pistons allowed the Lakers to get free for 17 points. . Ish Smith had 12 of the Pistons’ 30 points off the bench. .Lakers: Rookie Kyle Kuzma finished with 16 points, scoring 10 points of the Lakers’ 33 points in the second quarter. . Los Angeles improved to 14-4 against the Pistons at Staples Center.RANDLE’S ROLERandle is thriving as an impact substitution this season. He showed it again by pacing the team in scoring despite playing just 17:25, the lightest workload for any Laker that finished with at least 10 points.“He has just been playing with great energy,” Walton said. “He can change games and he did tonight with the way he came in.”Van Gundy credited the second-unit pairing of Randle and Kuzma for effectively putting the game out of reach in the second quarter.HALLOWEEN HIJINKSLakers forward Corey Brewer arrived at Staples Center in costume as Spider-Man, while Caldwell-Pope dressed up as Steve Urkel from the 1990′s TV sitcom “Family Matters.”Caldwell-Pope said the Lakers were so successful because they were having fun, and he certainly did against his former team.“We threw the first punch,” Caldwell-Pope said. “We kept our feet on the gas. We pushed the ball and got easy layups.”UP NEXTPistons: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday to open a five-game homestand. UAAP Starting 5: Week 8 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more


Cabinet Approves Joint Venture Agreement for Morant Bay Urban Centre

first_imgA joint venture agreement for the Morant Bay Urban Centre in St. Thomas has been approved by Cabinet.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said that the agreement, which is between the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Limited, is for the construction of the new urban centre on 28 acres and 365 square feet of land over a two-year period.He was speaking at Wednesday’s (September 26) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.Senator Reid informed that Cabinet has instructed that the joint venture agreement include a clause that allows the Government to divest its equity through a public offering on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, and that the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport consult with the FCJ to incorporate considerations for heritage, culture and sport, including the replacement of the Good Year sports oval.last_img read more


PwC says Canadian initial public offering market in 2018 totalled 22 billion

first_imgTORONTO — PwC says the initial public offering market in Canada totalled $2.2 billion last year, less than half of what was seen in 2017.The firm says in all of 2018 there were 54 new equity issues on four exchanges that generated a total of $2.2 billion.That compared with the $5.1 billion raised from 37 IPOs in all of 2017.The largest IPO of 2018 was the $462-million Ceridian HCM Holding issue of the second quarter.It was followed by MAV Beauty Brands with $241 million and AltaGas at $239 million.Dean Braunsteiner, national IPO leader at PwC Canada, says while cannabis firms grabbed the headlines, a surge of activity on the Canadian Securities Exchange and a return of junior miners to the markets were also notable developments of 2018. The Canadian Presslast_img