In the city where the “defund the police” movement took off, voters will decide next week whether to replace their Police Department with a new public safety agency.
The investigation was a sign that President Biden intends to wield federal law enforcement as a tool to combat police abuses.
Lawyers for both the prosecution and the defense continued to argue over whether Mr. Chauvin violated police policy when he knelt on George Floyd for more than nine minutes.
The Minneapolis police chief testified against the former officer, a rare rebuke in law enforcement killings.
“To continue to apply that level of force to a person proned out, handcuffed behind their back — that in no way, shape or form is anything that is by policy,” Chief Medaria Arradondo testified.
Jurors heard from two key witnesses, including the chief of police. He said Mr. Chauvin “absolutely” violated department policies.
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The events were recorded on video by an eyewitness and came as residents had been protesting another teenager’s arrest in connection with what police said was a “violent felony carjacking.”
After George Floyd’s death, pent-up frustrations, provocateurs and inexperienced leadership led to mayhem for three nights.