George Floyd death: Seventh day of Chauvin murder trial begins

The trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin

A Minneapolis Police Department use-of-force trainer testified in the trial of Derek Chauvin Tuesday and said the former officer was not following his training when he kept his knee on the neck of George Floyd for more than nine minutes.

Prosecutors are seeking to prove that Floyd's death was due to asphyxiation, while Chauvin's defense claims it was due to illegal drugs in Floyd's system.

He asked whether officers need to take the actions of a crowd into account, police chief Arradondo agreed.

Shown a picture of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck, Lieutenant Johnny Mercil, the police's use-of force coordinator, said it was not an authorized restraint.

Mr Arradondo testified not only that Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the force, should have let Floyd up sooner, but that the pressure on Floyd's neck did not appear to be light to moderate, as called for under the department's neck-restraint policy.

Stiger said officers were justified in using force initially as Floyd resisted their efforts to put him into a police auto, but that once Floyd was on the ground and stopped resisting, the officers "should have slowed down or stopped their force as well".

Mercil agreed under questioning that some people make excuses to avoid arrest, and that he has had suspects say "I can't breathe" when he was trying to arrest them. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter charges in the case being heard by a racially diverse 12-member jury.

The May 25 incident previous year triggered widespread protests against police treatment of minorities in the United States and around the world.

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The officers also rebuffed offers of help from an off-duty Minneapolis firefighter who wanted to administer aid or tell officers how to do it. Mercil said officers who attended that training were told they needed to use the least amount of force required to get a suspect to cooperate.

Mercil testified that a neck restraint created to render a suspect unconscious is authorised only when the suspect is actively and aggressively resisting.

Yang, who is in charge of training officers to handle crises, said Chauvin was trained in techniques to de-escalate such situations.

Body camera footage shows Hall sitting next to Floyd in the vehicle when police arrived.

Nelson told Cahill he planned to ask Hall whether he gave Floyd any controlled substances and why Hall left Minnesota immediately after the incident.

The judge said Hall should be able to testify on Floyd's condition in the vehicle and whether he fell asleep suddenly after possibly taking opioid pills.

The county medical examiner has ruled Floyd's death a homicide at the hands of the police, and noted Floyd had also taken fentanyl and methamphetamine before his death.

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