The police officer accused of murdering George Floyd used inappropriate “lethal power” when kneeling on his neck for greater than 9 minutes, an skilled advised a courtroom in Minneapolis on Wednesday.
Jody Stiger, a use-of-force specialist testifying for the prosecution, was questioned on the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white officer seen in telephone footage kneeling on Floyd, who was Black.
The harrowing pictures of Floyd’s arrest in Could 2020 touched off protests in opposition to racial injustice and police brutality in the USA and all over the world.
Stiger, a Los Angeles police officer, stated that Chauvin’s actions have been “lethal power” as a result of Floyd “was within the susceptible place.”
“The stress… being brought on by (Chauvin’s) physique weight might trigger positional asphyxia, which might trigger demise,” Stiger stated, after being proven footage of the scene.
Requested how a lot power was affordable when Floyd was mendacity on his entrance, handcuffed and never resisting, Stiger stated “no power ought to have been used as soon as he was in that place.”
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