MINNEAPOLIS — The EMT who leads the Minneapolis Police Department’s emergency medical response training told jurors in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin that officers are trained to call for an ambulance and provide medical aid if a situation is “critical.”
“If you don’t have a pulse on a person, you immediately start CPR,” officer Nicole Mackenzie said Tuesday. “If it’s a critical situation, you have to do both” CPR and call for an ambulance.
Officers who responded to George Floyd did not render medical aid, and Chauvin continued to keep his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than two minutes after officers realized Floyd did not have a pulse, according to court records.
Earlier, Minneapolis police Lt. Johnny Mercil, a use-of-force expert, was presented with an image of Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck and told jurors the move was not a department-trained neck restraint.
The testimonies come a day after Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told jurors that Chauvin’s restraint of George Floyd “absolutely” violated department policy. He said that the restraint should have stopped “once Mr. Floyd stopped resisting” and “once he was in distress and verbalized it.”
Chauvin is facing murder and manslaughter charges. Floyd, a Black man, died in police custody on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin, who is white, pinned his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.
Witness testimony was expected to resume after 9:15 a.m. CST Wednesday.
Rodney Floyd spoke to reporters Tuesday afternoon and said hearing his brother’s last words replayed in court was “agonizng.”
Sgt. Jody Stiger of the Los Angeles Police Department, an expert witness, told jurors he determined Chauvin’s use of force was “excessive.” Stiger has provided training to approximately 6,000 officers in de-escalation, basic patrol tactics and other subjects. He was expected to return to the witness stand Wednesday.
George Floyd’s brothers, family attorney Ben Crump, national civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, held a prayer service outside the courthouse Tuesday afternoon.
The first witness to testify Tuesday was Sgt. Ker Yang, crisis intervention training coordinator for the Minneapolis Police Department.
Earlier, Judge Peter Cahill instructed lawyers to draft questions for Morries Hall, the man who was in the vehicle with Floyd before his struggle with police officers. Hall filed a motion last month saying he would refuse to answer questions if he’s forced to testify.
Public safety officials said Monday the trial has been going “smoothly,” and that there’s nothing to indicate “that there is an imminent threat to the court proceedings or to either of the Twin Cities.”
Rodney Floyd: Hearing brother’s last words replayed in court is ‘agonizing’
George Floyd’s brother Rodney spoke to reporters Tuesday afternoon and said the court proceedings have been “nail-biting.”
“It’s like watching a movie. There’s so many ideas of what’s gonna happen,” he said, mopping some sweat that gathered from his brow.
Rodney Floyd said the last time he was inside the courtroom was on the day when prosecutors played uninterrupted body-worn camera footage from different officers, showing his brother’s death over and over again.
That day, Rodney Floyd could be seen in the courtroom shaking his head from side to side and, at one point, glaring at Chauvin. When prosecutors played the first video, Floyd looked stoic and sad, hugging his midsection lightly and swiveling in his chair. He sat through the second, third, fourth videos of the incident, all from different angles.
“That was very, very hard,” he said. “I don’t know where I grabbed the strength because it was back and forth like it was never gonna end.”
Floyd said hearing his…