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Crime Steven Crowder Video Recreating Derek Chauvin Kneeling on George Floyd Sparks Backlash

15:50  08 april  2021
15:50  08 april  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Minneapolis officers line up to reject Chauvin's actions

  Minneapolis officers line up to reject Chauvin's actions MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The parade of Minneapolis police officers rejecting a former officer’s actions in restraining George Floyd continued at his murder trial, including a use-of-force instructor who said officers were coached to “stay away from the neck when possible.” Lt. Johnny Mercil on Tuesday became the latest member of the Minneapolis force to take the stand as part of an effort by prosecutors to dismantle the argument that Derek Chauvin was doing what he was trained to do when he put his knee on George Floyd’s neck last May.

Steven Crowder sparked backlash on Twitter on Wednesday for suggesting he would get the producer of his show to kneel on his neck for nine minutes, in a not-so-subtle reference to George Floyd's death.

a group of people standing in front of a building: People gather during a demonstration outside the Hennepin County Government Center on March 29 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with multiple counts of murder in the death of George Floyd last May, will reach its ninth day on Thursday. © Stephen Maturen/Getty Images People gather during a demonstration outside the Hennepin County Government Center on March 29 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with multiple counts of murder in the death of George Floyd last May, will reach its ninth day on Thursday.

"Today I am going to test the theory and have my producer kneel on my neck for 9 minutes, live on concrete," Crowder, a former Fox News contributor, tweeted.

Duty sergeant: Officers could have ended Floyd restraint

  Duty sergeant: Officers could have ended Floyd restraint MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police supervisory sergeant who was on duty the night George Floyd died testified that he believes the officers who restrained Floyd could have ended it after he stopped resisting. David Pleoger testified Thursday at the trial of since-fired officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death. He noted that officers are trained to roll people on their side to help with their breathing after they have been restrained in the prone position.

"No tricks, no cuts. We need to walk a mile in another's shoes."

A Black man, Floyd died while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25 last year after being arrested on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill.

His arrest was caught on camera by a bystander, whose video showed officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes.

In the video, Floyd can be heard saying: "I can't breathe" and "I'm about to die" while two other officers pin him to the ground.

Crowder's tweet was met by fierce criticism, with users describing it as "incredibly sick and twisted" and mocking him for "being brave."

Several others, meanwhile, pointed out the experiment couldn't accurately replicate the circumstances of Floyd's arrest.

Crowder explained viewers complained when he carried out the experiment in the studio, so he decided to carry out the experiment on concrete.

Key takeaways from Day 8 of the Derek Chauvin trial

  Key takeaways from Day 8 of the Derek Chauvin trial Key takeaways from Day 8 of the Derek Chauvin trial in George Floyd's death Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Jody Stiger -- a veteran use-of-force trainer, who is testifying as a paid expert witness for the prosecution -- said his review of video evidence in Floyd's arrested indicated that Chauvin was also using a "pain compliance technique" on Floyd's handcuffed left hand.

"I don't expect this to be pleasant, but I think people need to see what it's like if someone is not in an agitated, overdoses state," he says in a video of the experiment he posted on YouTube, where he is flanked by four men dressed in police uniforms.

Chauvin and the three other Minneapolis Police Department officers involved in the arrest—Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Thou Thao—were all fired following the incident.

Chauvin is currently on trial for Floyd's death and has denied charges of second- and third-degree murder, while his former colleagues will stand trial later this year after being charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

In a separate tweet, Crowder suggested Day 8 of the Chauvin trial had delivered disappointing results for the prosecution.

"If you haven't watched the Chauvin trial, today has been a REEEEALLY bad day for the prosecution. They must be livid," he tweeted.

During Day 8 of the trial, the jury heard fragment of pills carrying a D.N.A that matched Floyd's were found in the police car Floyd was placed in following his arrest.

McKenzie Anderson, a forensic scientist with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, told the jury the fragments were found during a second processing of the vehicles Chauvin's defense team requested in January after an initial search had found no traces of drugs.

Fellow MBCA forensic scientist Breahna Giles told the jury some of the pills recovered at the scene contained traces of fentanyl—an opioid used as recreational drug—and methamphetamine.

An autopsy carried out by Dr. Andrew Baker, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, in June last year found traces of fentanyl in Floyd's system, but stated that could not be identified as the cause of death.

According to the documents, Floyd had 11 ng/mL of fentanyl in his blood, a dose that could have been justified an overdose verdict had his death occurred in different circumstances.

The preliminary report sparked anger after it found "no physical findings" to "support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation".

In an updated report, however, Baker concluded Floyd's death was a homicide.

Witnesses to George Floyd's death express frustration over not being able to save him

  Witnesses to George Floyd's death express frustration over not being able to save him They cursed at the cops and made videos, but witnesses say they were helpless to save George Floyd. On the warm spring evening of May 25, 2020, they and others converged just after 8 p.m. outside the Cup Foods store on the corner of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street in south Minneapolis, witnessing what prosecutors have described as the torturous murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers.

On Wednesday, the jury also heard from Sgt. Jody Stiger, a use-of-force expert with the Los Angeles Police Department Inspector General's Office, who said Chauvin used excessive force.

"He [Floyd] was in the prone position, he was handcuffed, he was not attempting to resist, he was not attempting to assault the officers—kick, punch, or anything of that nature," Stiger told the jury.

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Prosecutors detail incident that led to Floyd's arrest .
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The convenience store cashier who sold cigarettes to George Floyd and was handed a counterfeit $20 bill in return took the stand Wednesday at Officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial as prosecutors laid out the sequence of events that led to Floyd’s ill-fated arrest outside. Christopher Martin, 19, said that as he stood on the curb a short time later, his hands on his head as watched Floyd's arrest, he felt “disbelief — and guilt.

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