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CHAUVIN TRIAL: MPD chief, ER doctor who pronounced Floyd dead take stand

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (FOX 47) — Week two of witness testimony in the Derek Chauvin Trial began Monday morning. Three witnesses took the stand. In all, the court has heard from a total of 22 witnesses so far.

Witness #19 Dr. Bradford Langenfeld

Dr. Bradford Langenfeld

Langenfeld is a Hennepin County Medical Center Emergency Room doctor. He is the doctor that tried to resuscitate George Floyd at the hospital.

Langenfeld said Floyd was in cardiac arrest when he arrived. The doctor said paramedics told him they tried to resuscitate Floyd for 30 minutes before arriving at the hospital.

“Mr. Floyd had been in (cardiac)arrest for, by this time for 60 minutes. I determined that the likelihood of any meaningful outcome was far below 1% and that we would not be able to resuscitate Mr. Floyd. And so, I then pronounced him dead,” Langenfeld said.

Langenfeld believed Floyd died from asphyxiation.

During the defense’s cross examination attorney Eric Nelson asked Langenfeld if drug use can cause asphyxiation. Langenfeld said yes.

Witness #21 Chief Mederia Arradondo, 54

Medaria Arradondo

Arradondo has been the Minneapolis Police Chief of three years. In total, he’s worked for the department for 32 years.

Arradondo walked the court through police policy and procedures such as professional policing policy, emotional disturbed person, crisis, de-escalation, and use of force.

“The goal is to resolve the situation as safely as possible. So, you want to always have de-escalation layered into those actions of using force,” Arradondo said.

He said it’s “typically not” common to arrest someone for allegedly using counterfeit money.

When Arradondo was also questioned about the May 25 incident specifically. He was shown the photo above, and said he did not believe the officer’s actions were reasonable.

“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, that action goes contrary,” said Arradondo.

Bystander video on the left, Kueng’s body cam on the right

During cross examination the defense showed a side by side video of former officer Alexander Kueng’s body camera video and the bystander video simultaneously. The defense used the term “camera perspective bias,” to say the clip through Kueng’s body cam shows Chauvin on Floyd’s shoulder blade and not his neck.

“That is the first time I’ve seen the knee on the defendant’s shoulder blade area,” Arradondo said.

Witness #22 Inspector Katie Blackwell

Inspector Katie Blackwell

Blackwell was the commander in charge of training for the department on May 25.

She told the court that a handcuffed person should be turned on their side to help them breathe better.

Up next

There will be a hearing for Morris Hall, on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. before testimony resumes. Hall is the man accused of selling Floyd opioids.

The hearing is being held because Hall’s attorney is asking that he not be forced to testify and the subpoena be rejected. If he were to testify, Hall says he would exercise his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, also known as “pleading the fifth.”

The hearing will be through Zoom because Hall is currently in jail. Judge Cahill is allowing Hall to wear civilian clothing for the hearing.

KaMaria Braye

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