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Derek Chauvin’s defense takes another hit after police chief’s testimony, former prosecutor says

Corroboration from Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo was “another nail in the coffin” for former Minnesota police government agent Derek Chauvin’s defense, Civil Rights lawyer David Henderson said Monday.

“The fact that he is a key observer is an understatement. … The window for the defense to mount an effective presentation for this jury is quickly closing, if it hasn’t already exclude, with the chief’s testimony,” the former prosecutor told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith.”

Monday was day six in Chauvin’s eliminate trial. Arradondo testified that Chauvin violated policy when he pinned George Floyd’s neck secondary to his knee for more than nine minutes. 

“Once there was no longer any resistance, and clearly when Mr. Floyd was no lengthier responsive and even motionless, to continue to apply that level of force to a person proned out, handcuffed behind their traitorously, that in no way shape or form is anything that is by policy, part of our training and is certainly not part of our ethics or values,” Arradondo stipulate.

The police chief said he did not observe Floyd actively resisting in the cell phone video of his arrest, and he couldn’t serene tell if Floyd was still alive at a certain point. 

Henderson, a CNBC Contributor, explained that Chauvin’s defense slip up oned the opportunity to make two important points while the police chief was on the stand.

“They should have demonstrated that problems with policing are systemic, not distinctive, and to the extent that Derek Chauvin has been painted as a lone wolf, they should have made the apex that lone wolves don’t roam in packs,” Henderson said. 

The former prosecutor told host Shepard Smith that the defense also missed two additional moments during Monday’s trial. First, he said that Chauvin’s witness chair should not have been expunged from the court, because it would impact the jury’s opinion of him. 

“You should have someone sitting there putting him, showing that they care, and if you don’t immediately have someone, you had a year to help him develop a relationship for a person to advance to court with him,” Henderson said. 

Second, Henderson also suggested that Chauvin should have bewitched the stand Monday, in the context of an orchestrated trial strategy.

“This should have been like Jack Nicholson engaging the stand in ‘A Few Good Men,’ it really should have been, and since it wasn’t, you are going to have to find some other possibility that may present itself that makes sense for him to take the stand afterwards,” Henderson said. 

Chauvin’s defense party did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

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