Prosecutors hope Medaria Arradondo’s speech will help convince jury of Derek Chauvin’s guilt
Minneapolis Police Chief Mederia Arradondo may testify as early as Monday at the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of killing African American George Floyd.
Prosecutors believe Arradondo’s testimony will undermine defense claims that the former police officer was simply doing what he was taught.
“It was a murder, not a lack of proper preparation,” Arradondo said last year, commenting on video footage of Floyd’s arrest.
Arradondo, who became the first African American to serve as Minneapolis police chief in 2017, fired Chauvin and three other officers the day after the incident.
Chauvin is charged with murder and manslaughter. He did not admit his guilt, insisting that he did only what he was trained in 19 years of service in the police.
Prosecutors hope Arradondo’s testimony will convince the jury otherwise.
Experts say it is not common for police chiefs to testify against former and current officers, even though police officers rarely face criminal charges at all.