(CNN) — Some of the most damaging testimony against the police officer prosecuted for George Floyd’s death comes from other police officers.
The second week of evidence against Derek Chauvin, who is accused of murdering Floyd, has moved on from heartbreaking eyewitness accounts of the Minnesota man’s death, sparking protests around the world. Prosecutors are now focusing on Derek Chauvin’s conduct in subduing George Floyd, arguing that he acted outside of reasonable police procedure.
The defense will argue that a combination of George Floyd’s health conditions that Derek Chauvin could not have been aware of means that there are reasonable doubts as to whether he ultimately caused George Floyd’s death. But several police officers have subsequently said that Derek Chauvin’s actions were unnecessary, as prosecutors try to convince the jury that the ex-police officer acted maliciously.
Lt. Richard Zimmerman, who heads the Minneapolis Police Department’s homicide unit, said Derek Chauvin’s use of force while Floyd was already restrained and handcuffed was “totally unnecessary.” Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified that officers are not trained to kneel on the neck of suspects. El sargento Jody Stiger, an expert on the use of force for the Los Angeles Police Department, said Derek Chauvin had used “excessive” force. Another police officer, Nicole Mackenzie, said officers should provide medical help and call emergency services to treat suspects who appear to be in distress.
Prosecutors, of course, have selected witnesses who reinforce their case. But most of the officers who testified were understanding, subtly embroidering the broader arguments about police brutality in the United States. It’s impossible for an outsider to know what’s really going on: is an officer being thrown overboard to protect the Minneapolis Police Department from broader claims of endemic brutality and misconduct? Or do the witnesses reveal a dishonest colleague whose actions left an unfair impression on the force and the police in general?
In any case, it is highly unusual to see a parade of American police officers testify so uniformly against one of their own. They regularly close ranks.
Goodbye to Yahoo Answers
It has been likened to the burning of the Library of Alexandria, but instead of destroying precious knowledge, the imminent demise of Yahoo Answers will finally close an unrivaled archive of human ignorance, the digital home of questions like: Does eating hot dogs change? your voice? Where can I get a ouija board? Do I have to make my own ouija board or can I buy it from a witch or a vegan? Where can I buy a frog (not for sexual reasons)?
Most of the social networks that survive today have evolved to exert real influence in the real world. Reddit users manipulate the stock market. Facebook can influence the way people vote. Twitter is a megaphone for the powerful. But for more than 15 years, Yahoo Answers never had much of an impact off-line, perhaps limited by its founding concept: a place for people who want answers not from real sources of information like encyclopedias, phone books, or newspapers, but from other souls. losses.
The site became famous for questions that hinted at alarming personal circumstances and serious misconceptions, from the iconic hotline query ‘how is a baby made? and how does a girl get pregnant? ” to “How is cheese formed inside a cow?” More recently, a rich streak of rhetorical political “questions” posted by trolls or conspiracy theorists has also emerged, overshadowing the more innocent era of debating how to remove spaghetti stains from underwear.
Yahoo Answers closes May 4. Until then, the site’s incessant Q&A offers a glimpse of the unfiltered American psyche as it stumbles, divided, over the news of the day. Here’s a look.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism