On day six of Derek Chauvin’s trial, the former police officer accused of killing George Floyd brought two key witnesses to the stand: the doctor who spent 30 minutes trying to save Mr. Floyd’s life before he declare dead, and the head of the Minneapolis Police Department.
Both witnesses provided testimony that may strengthen the arguments of the prosecution, who argued that Mr. Floyd died because Mr. Chauvin knelt on top of him for more than nine minutes, rather than through complications related to the drug use or heart disease. Here are the main takeaways from Monday.
Dr Bradford T. Wankhede Langenfeld, who was a senior resident at Hennepin County Medical Center, said he believed Mr Floyd had died from lack of oxygen. The cause of Mr. Floyd’s death will prove to be a determining factor in this case. The lawsuit argued that “asphyxiation”, or oxygen deficiency, caused Mr. Floyd’s death. During cross-examination, Dr. Wankhede Langenfeld told Eric J. Nelson, counsel for Mr. Chauvin, that asphyxiation can be caused by a number of factors, including drug use; a toxicology report found methamphetamine and fentanyl in Mr Floyd’s system.
The testimony of Dr Wankhede Langenfeld also gave jurors a better understanding of what happened after Mr Floyd was taken from the scene of the arrest to the Cup Foods convenience store. Last week, jurors heard from two paramedics who arrived at the scene. One of them, Derek Smith, said he tried to revive Mr. Floyd using several techniques, but none were effective. Mr Smith said Mr Floyd appeared to be dead by the time he arrived at Cup Foods.
On Monday, Dr Wankhede Langenfeld said he tried to save Mr Floyd for about 30 minutes before declaring him dead. Dr Wankhede Langenfeld said at the time he considered overdose to be a less likely cause of death because paramedics who brought Mr Floyd to hospital made no mention of an overdose. Additionally, the doctor said patients with cardiac arrest had a 10-15% decrease in their chance of survival for every minute that CPR was not given. Police officers did not administer CPR at the scene, even after Mr. Floyd lost consciousness.
Minneapolis Police Department chief Medaria Arradondo testified Monday that Mr. Chauvin “absolutely” violated departmental policies when he knelt on top of Mr. Floyd for more than nine minutes. “Once Mr. Floyd had stopped resisting, and certainly once he was in distress and tried to verbalize it, it should have stopped,” Chief Arradondo said. The statement was an unequivocal rebuke from Mr. Chauvin’s leader and an unusual display of an interim leader testifying against a police officer.
Mr Chauvin’s defense pushed back on the issue of possible policy violations, asking Chief Arradondo whether police officers often need to assess many factors when applying force to a suspect, such as any potential threat from a crowd in the room. proximity. Throughout the trial, Mr. Nelson pointed to the crowds of passers-by who gathered along the sidewalk during the arrest, suggesting they may have hampered Mr. Chauvin’s ability to provide medical assistance. to Mr. Floyd.