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MINNEAPOLIS – An expert witness told jurors in the murder trial of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin on Wednesday that Chauvin used “lethal” force on George Floyd and kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.

Sgt. Jody Stiger, an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department who conducted around 2,500 use of force reviews during his career, said the initial force used on Floyd was appropriate because Floyd resisted arrest as officers attempted to get him into their patrol car.

However, after the officers forced Floyd to the ground, “they should have defused the situation,” Stiger said. Instead, the officers continued to escalate the situation, he said.

Meanwhile, Rodney Floyd said on Tuesday that his brother’s last words from the videos shown time and again in the courtroom replaced his memory of their last conversation, in which they remembered their late mother. “When someone dies you cherish their last words, but my brother’s last words, oh those words are stuck in my head. Dying,” he told reporters.

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