The second witness to take the stand in Derek Chauvin’s trial on Wednesday was a special agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Other agency employees are also expected to testify. So what is it?
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is a state police service with a variety of responsibilities, from investigating murders to testing samples in a laboratory. Since 2014, he has also investigated all police killings by the Minneapolis Police Department and other “critical incidents,” such as the death of a person in custody.
The agency resumed the investigation into the death of George Floyd on the night of his death and conducted the investigation which resulted in the arrest of Mr. Chauvin and the three other officers involved in Mr. Floyd’s arrest .
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is based in Saint-Paul and has more than 300 employees, including officers, scientists and other staff, according to its website. It was created by state legislators in 1927.
Special Constable James Reyerson, who began testifying at the trial Wednesday morning, was the officer who questioned the Minneapolis Police Chief as part of the agency’s investigation into Mr. Floyd’s death.
During that interview in June, Chief Medaria Arradondo told Mr Reyerson, along with an FBI agent, that he met with various community leaders the morning after Mr Floyd’s death to discuss what had happened, according to a transcript of the interview. .
Chief Arradondo told officers he made the decision to fire the four officers at the scene of Mr. Floyd’s arrest just after noon on May 26, the day after Mr. Floyd died. He described it as a “heavy” and “emotional” decision, but said members of his management team – whom he begged to be honest with him – “unequivocally agreed that it was the right decision. “.