It is rare to have a police chief appear as a witness in a trial, and we certainly applaud Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo for taking the stand and stating clearly that Derek Chauvin’s actions in the death of George Floyd violated department policy.
Chief Arradondo testified that Chauvin’s restraint should have stopped “once Mr. Floyd stopped resisting.”
At one point the chief was challenged by the defense attorney on the amount of pressure applied to Floyd’s neck, suggesting that the chief was not a physicist.
Like we inferred several times during the Trump administration that one doesn’t have to be a psychologist to recognize that he was mentally deficient, and you don’t have to be a physicist to understand that Chauvin—no matter how much pressure—rendered Floyd helpless except for the cries, “I can’t breathe.”
Whatever the pressure, Floyd was unresponsive without a pulse when the paramedics arrived, and we hope the jurors recognize the defense’s ploy to convince them that Floyd died of a drug overdose.
Yes, Floyd possessed pre-existing conditions but they were an accumulation of the systemic racism and white supremacy that have plagued most Black Americans.
Chief Arradondo may not have expressed the pangs of guilt displayed by several other witnesses, but his remorse often escaped his steady composure.
The city of Minneapolis has already agreed on a settlement of $25 million to the Floyd family, but that amount hardly balances the scale of justice.
Thus far, the witnesses for the prosecution have registered the same calm outrage, refusing to buckle under cross examination.
Our hope is that jurors demonstrate a similar response and accept the fact that no testimony can match the image of George Floyd being executed on the streets of Minneapolis.