Minneapolis police officers are urged to “stay away from the neck where possible” when detaining combative suspects, the murder trial of the ex-police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd has heard.
Testimony of Derek chauvinFormer colleagues from the city’s police department continued on Tuesday, after the force chief yesterday declared his actions against Mr. Floyd were in “no way” is part of his training.
Chauvin is on trial for second and third degree murder, as well as manslaughter, following the death of the unarmed 46-year-old man last May.
Chauvin, 45, was the officer seen kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds outside a store where he allegedly attempted to use a fake $ 20 bill to pay for a cigarette pack.
Images of the incident went viral, sparking global protests and Black lives matter movement.
At Tuesday’s hearing, the court heard from Lt. Johnny Mercil, a use of force instructor.
Prosecutor Steve Schleicher showed Lt Mercil a photo of Chauvin kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck, and asked if the officer was using an authorized neck restraint, given the circumstances.
Lt Mercil replied, “I would say no.”
After police were called to the store on May 25, 2020, officers arrested Mr. Floyd, who had been on drugs and got angry when they tried to put him in a police car.
It was at this point that the still handcuffed man was exited from the vehicle and knelt. As he lay on the floor, he could be heard calling his mother and saying, “I can’t breathe.”
Passers-by filmed the incident and – once the footage went viral and the protests began – Chauvin was subsequently fired from the police department.
On cross-examination by counsel for Chauvin, Lt Mercil saw screenshots of several points in the video.
Eric Nelson asked if the footage showed Chauvin’s knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck, back or shoulder – Lt. Mercil often agreeing with the lawyer.
While he testified that officers are trained to use their knee on a person’s back or shoulder and use their body weight to maintain control, he added, “We are telling officers to stay in. neck gap when possible.
Sgt. Ker Yang, the Crisis Response Training Officer, also testified on Tuesday.
Sgt Yang said officers learned to “slow things down and reassess and reassess.”
According to police records, Chauvin participated in use of force training in 2018. He took a 40-hour course on recognizing people in crisis in 2016.
Mr Nelson argued that Chauvin “did exactly what he was trained to do during his 19-year career”, seeking to blame Mr Floyd’s death on his drug use and sub-health problems. underlying.
The trial began last week and is expected to last around three more.
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