the officers were fired though, so its more complicated because it comes down to interpretation of the manual itself:
“But Chauvin and the three officers on the scene with him were fired and face various charges ranging from second-degree murder (for Chauvin) to aiding and abetting murder (for the others). The policy that will apply to their cases is that which was in force when they encountered Floyd. So what was it — beyond the painfully obvious — that was not in keeping with established practice in the city?
Here again, the manual offers hints. It said the “unconscious neck restraint” shall be applied only on a subject who is exhibiting active aggression, or for lifesaving purposes, or on a subject “who is exhibiting active resistance in order to gain control of the subject; and if lesser attempts at control have been or would likely be ineffective.”
It added, in the sweetly named “After Care Guidelines,” that “after a neck restraint or choke hold has been used on a subject, sworn MPD employees shall keep them under close observation until they are released to medical or other law enforcement personnel.”
This last part in bold must be why the prosecution mentioned in its opening that Chauvin chased off the female EMT (ie he would not release him)
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