Chauvin’s attorney sought to bolster suggestions that the officers’ actions were influenced by what they perceived as a hostile crowd shouting at Chauvin to get off George Floyd’s neck. Chauvin’s attorney is expected to call his own medical experts to make the case that it was not the officer’s knee that killed Floyd. Earlier Monday, Dr. Jonathan Rich, a cardiology expert from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, echoed previous witnesses in saying Floyd died of low oxygen levels from the way he was held down by police. In this image from video, Dr. Jonathan Rich, a cardiologist, testifies as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over court Monday, April 12, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis.
The trial of Derek Chauvin enters into the 11th day now and the prosecution has interviewed the cardiologist and heart failure expert, Dr. Jonathan Rich. The cardiologist’s statement does further prove Derek Chauvin to be guilty. Tobin explained that Chauvin had been applying intermittent pressure to Floyd’s neck, which would in turn, cause intermittent oxygen deprivation.
When asked in court Friday what he believed caused Floyd’s death, Baker pointed to what he called “severe underlying heart disease” and said Floyd’s heart already would require more oxygen than normal. Rich also said he used the video evidence to help him make his assessment. He said during the pandemic, he has used video assessments to treat patients and said it can provide useful information. Rich said he didn’t hear Floyd complaining of dizziness or heart palpitations, and his condition didn’t deteriorate rapidly, which would indicate a heart arrhythmia. Rather, he said, Floyd’s movement and speech gradually became slower and weaker, which he said was indicative of low oxygen.
He is affiliated with numerous hospitals in Massachusetts and more, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Jonathan D Rich is licensed to practice by the state board in Massachusetts . Cahill said the jury would be sequestered after testimony has ended and both sides begin their closing statements. The judge added that such a request could have the opposite of the intended effect if the jury was suddenly sequestered and then believed there was a greater threat to their security because of the recent unrest.
Judge Peter Cahill told the jury that will happen Tuesday, and that he expects closing arguments on Monday, April 19. “No reasonable officer would have believed that that was an appropriate, acceptable or reasonable use of force,” he said of both the knee on Floyd’s neck, and the prone restraint. Next, the state called national use-of-force expert Seth Stoughton to the stand.
He said Floyd loved to work out, play sports and, as a child, measured his height against the wall of their home. Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, took the stand in the trial for George Floyd’s death. Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson requested the jury be sequestered and to re-question the jurors following the fatal police shooting of a 20-year-old man in Brooklyn Center Sunday afternoon, April 11, during a traffic stop. Special Assistant Attorney General Steve Schleicher opposed the motion.
Philonise Floyd, the 39-year-old brother of George Floyd, was called as a “spark of life” witness for the state Monday afternoon. In this role, he can speak to the jury about who George Floyd was as a person. In conclusion, Stoughton told the jury that he believes Chauvin’s use of force against Floyd was “deadly,” and that it was not reasonable.
Stoughton said he believes that except in “absolutely unbelievably rare circumstances,” a knee on a person’s neck is an inappropriate use of force. He said whether Chauvin’s knee was on Floyd’s neck for the entire 9 minutes and 29 seconds is not relevant. A 62 year old man 2 days post HVAD implant showed an abrupt drop in VAD flows and flow pulsatility, followed by a gradual drop in blood pressure and urine output. Waveforms had relatively long intervals of constant flow between peaks. Echocardiography confirmed a large pericardial effusion with biventricular collapse. A pericardial window was performed with immediate improvement in hemodynamics and restoration of a normal HVAD waveform.
When prosecutor Jerry Blackwell asked him to explain the cause of death, Baker said Floyd had an enlarged heart that already needed more oxygen and was limited by partially blocked arteries. Cahill also denied a prosecution request for an expert witness to talk about what Floyd might be saying in the video. He said that he was “surprised” that there was no objection when Nelson first brought it up.
Bystander and surveillance video showed Chauvin and two other officers pinning Floyd, a Black man, facedown on the street for nine minutes and 29 seconds on May 25, 2020. Chauvin, who is white, knelt on Floyd’s neck the entire time, even after Floyd ceased moving and breathing. “Every indicator is that Mr. Floyd had actually an exceptionally strong heart,” testified Rich, a cardiologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Moreover, he is also an advanced heart failure expert and transplant cardiologist. He mostly works in the Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. The cardiologist prefers to keep his partner and children out of the spotlight.
Stoughton said Floyd was showing “signs of increasing medical distress” and officers had a duty to render medical aid, but did not. Stoughton agreed he wrote the article and formed the opinion that officers’ use of force in the Floyd case was unreasonable within days of the fatal arrest, but that his opinion remains largely unchanged. Nelson asked whether there were circumstances when an officer would need to hold a person in a prone restraint for more than a transitory amount of time. Stoughton replied there shouldn’t be, barring rare circumstances. Nelson pointed to a 2020 opinion piece authored by Stoughton that appeared in the Washington Post, in which he wrote officers might need to hold someone down in the prone position, but should never apply pressure to someone’s neck.
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