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By Jonathan Allen MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified Monday in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial for George Floyd’s fatal arrest, where prosecutors attempted to undermine the defense‘s claim that the Former officer followed police training. In his first hour on the witness stand, Arradondo had not yet been asked to speak directly about the May 25, 2020 arrest, but said police officers are instructed to treat people they encounter with dignity. and that part of the department’s motto calls for officers to serve with compassion. “Serving with compassion for me means genuinely understanding and accepting that we see our neighbor as ourselves, we value each other,” he told the jury. Chauvin, who is white, was captured on video of widely seen bystanders kneeling on the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old handcuffed black man, for more than nine minutes, footage that sparked global protests against police brutality. Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to the murder and manslaughter charges, arguing that he only did what he was trained to do in his 19 years as a police officer. Here are some highlights from the sixth day of testimony at Chauvin’s trial: MEDARIA ARRADONDO, CHIEF OF THE MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT Arradondo, who in 2017 became the first black person to lead the city’s police force, fired Chauvin and three other officers who were involved in the day after Floyd’s death. He also criticized Chauvin in a statement last year, saying: “This was murder, it was not a lack of training.” On Monday, a prosecutor asked him to explain to the jury how police officers receive extensive training on how to use force and reduce tensions. “We are often the first face of government our community will see, and we will often meet them at their worst,” he told the jury when asked to describe the meaning of the insignia worn by the roughly 700 sworn officers of the city. “That has to count for something.” He was asked to read aloud parts of the department’s code of ethics. “It really is about treating people with dignity and respect above all else,” he told the jury. Arradondo, who joined the department in 1989, also said officers receive annual training that reminds them of the department’s policies on providing first aid to people in need of medical care. DR. BRADFORD LANGENFELD, EMERGENCY DOCTOR PRONOUNCING FLOYD DEAD Two paramedics who took Floyd to Hennepin County Medical Center after his arrest told Dr. Bradford Langenfeld that they had been trying to restart Floyd’s heart for about 30 minutes without success. Langenfeld, an ER doctor, told the jury that he took over Floyd’s care. When asked by prosecutor Jerry Blackwell if paramedics indicated they suspected a drug overdose or heart attack, Langenfeld said no, stating that only Floyd’s heart had stopped beating and that there may have been a delay in the onset of the resuscitation efforts. “It is well known that any amount of time a patient spends in cardiac arrest without immediate CPR dramatically decreases the chance of a good outcome,” he told the jury. The medical tests led Langenfeld to think that Floyd was unlikely to have a heart attack, he told the jury. The most likely explanation, the doctor said, was suffocation. Videos of Floyd’s arrest show that Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than three minutes after Floyd appeared to have stopped breathing, and none of the police officers on the scene attempted to give Floyd first aid, which which prosecutors say is contrary to police training. Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, asked Langenfeld if fentanyl could also cause low oxygen and high carbon dioxide levels in Floyd’s blood, and Langenfeld agreed that it could. Floyd’s girlfriend testified last week that Floyd was addicted to opioids. A coroner who ruled that Floyd’s death was a homicide at the hands of the police pointed out that there was fentanyl in Chauvin’s blood at autopsy. “Just because someone has a history of chronic opioid abuse, does that mean that fentanyl can’t kill them?” Nelson asked Langenfeld. “No,” replied the doctor. The two paramedics testified last week, saying that Floyd had stopped breathing, that his heart had stopped beating and that he appeared to be already dead when they arrived and removed Chauvin from his neck. Floyd was pronounced dead at 9:25 p.m., about 30 minutes after his arrival at the hospital and less than 90 minutes after police arrived outside the Cup Foods store to arrest Floyd on suspicion of using a counterfeit banknote. $ 20 to buy cigarettes.