CPD Issues Guidance To Officers Following Death Of George Floyd In Minneapolis

Jim Gudas
May 29, 2020 - 11:51 am
In this Monday, May 25, 2020, file frame from video provided by Darnella Frazier, a Minneapolis officer kneels on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed man who was pleading that he could not breathe, in Minneapolis.

Darnella Frazier via AP, File


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago police officers have received guidance and instructions on how to restrain criminal suspects, following the asphyxiation death of a black Minneapolis man during an arrest by white officers. 

Minneapolis police were trying to arrest George Floyd outside of a grocery store, after investigators said he was suspected of passing a counterfeit bill. Cellphone video showed an officer kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly eight minutes as he became unresponsive. 

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said his officers received reminders of training they had already received about proper restraints of suspects.

"We've put out information regarding laying on someone and asphyxiating them, positional asphyxiation is the terminology, so we reminded them of that particular training," he said.

Brown said he also wanted to make sure all CPD officers saw the Floyd video, so they know what happened.

"We don't want to assume that everyone has seen the video of that incident in Minneapolis, so we have done that, and we have conveyed really a strong message that we don't expect our officers have done anything like that," he said.

Brown said such actions by Chicago police, will in his words, not be tolerated.

“What took place in Minneapolis earlier this week is absolutely reprehensible and tarnished the badge nationwide, including here in Chicago,” Brown said. “I want to make it clear that this behavior is not acceptable in Chicago, will not be tolerated under my command and quite frankly has no place in law enforcement anywhere. The Chicago Police Department has been working very hard to develop authentic relationships and restore trust with our communities, and the actions that led to George Floyd’s death certainly make our job more difficult.”

Brown also said the actions of the Minneapolis police “are not reflective of the overwhelming amount of officers committed to constitutional policing nationwide” and that “any officer who abuses their power or stands by and allows it to happen does not deserve to wear the badge, period.”

Mayor Lightfoot also opened her press conference on Thursday discussing the incident.

"Seeing the video of George Floyd dying on the ground under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, for me brought back that trauma of Laquan McDonald's death in sharp focus, and I would believe that happened for many people across Chicago," Lightfoot said.

"We can't rest knowing black mothers and fathers in our city still live in fear of getting a phone call about something terrible happening to one of their children. I know I hug my daughter a little longer at night every time I hear a story about Mr. Floyd, and I think about my brothers and other men in my family, and other black Americans that are killed in this way. And it's a generational burden. I know my mother carried it, and I carry it, too. Our communities face some of the most dangerous circumstances we have perhaps ever faced. We need our police to be working along side of us, supporting us, and protecting all of us..."