The former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, has not finished counting painful days in his trial, he who has been on trial for more than a week for the murder of George Floyd. Several of his former colleagues marched to the witness stand to question the excessive use of force that led to the death of African-American George Floyd last May.
Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant serving as a prosecution witness, said based on his review of the video evidence, Chauvin had knelt on Floyd’s neck or neck since the time officers put Floyd on the ground until the paramedics arrived, carrying most of his weight, during the nine and a half minutes the black man lay face down with his hands cuffed behind his back.
” This particular strength did not change during the entire restraint period? Prosecutor Steve Schleicher asked as he showed the jury a composite image of five photos taken from the various videos of the arrest. ” That’s right Replied Stiger, who said on Tuesday the force used against Floyd was excessive. Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, sought to point out moments in the video footage where, he said, Chauvin’s knee did not appear to be on Floyd’s neck but on his shoulder blade area or base of his neck. Stiger claimed that the officer’s knee in some of the disputed photos still appeared to be near Floyd’s neck. Nelson grasped the drug’s angle while cross-examining Stiger, playing a clip of then-Constable J. Kueng’s body camera video and asking if Stiger could hear Floyd say, ” I ate too many drugs “. Stiger said he couldn’t make out those words.
Asked by prosecutors whether Chauvin had an obligation to consider Floyd’s distress as he considered which force to use, Stiger replied, ” Absolutely. As time went on, clearly in the video you could see that Mr. Floyd’s… health was deteriorating. His breath was diminishing. His tone of voice diminished. His movements were starting to stop “. And to continue, ” So at that time, as an officer on the spot “, Continued Stiger,” you have a responsibility to realize that something is wrong. So you have the responsibility to take a certain type of action “.
Minneapolis Police Department Lt. Johnny Mercil, an arrest technique instructor, said Chauvin used a ” practice and style not allowed Applying his knee to George Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes to restrain him. He stressed that the pressure should rather be exerted ” on the shoulder or back », According to the standards taught to the city’s police officers. The police are ” trained to use the lowest level of force possible in order to achieve their goal, he said. We ask them to keep away from the neck as much as possible “.
Earlier on Tuesday, Sergeant Ker Yang confirmed in court that Derek Chauvin had indeed received more than 40 hours of training in 2016 and 2018 to learn how to defuse tense situations with people in crisis and harness his strength. In the events at ” rapid evolution “-The arrest of Floyd can thus be qualified-,” we often have time to calm things down ” and of ” reassess the decisions made », He said, adding his voice to a series of testimonies which, since the beginning of the week, attack head-on one of the lines of defense of the ex-police officer.
Testimony Tuesday afternoon from Nicole Mackenzie, who coordinates the Minneapolis Police Medical Department and trains officers in first aid skills, continued the damning streak for Derek Chauvin. The young woman mentioned that the police were trained to come to the aid of a suspect in distress before the arrival of ambulance services. Help that George Floyd did not receive from the police, even though, on 27 occasions, he said he could no longer breathe.