Jody Stiger, an expert on the use of force who testified for the prosecution, was questioned during the trial against Derek Chauvin, the white agent seen in a footage kneeling on the neck of Floyd, a black man.
Stiger said Chauvin’s actions, shown on video during the interrogation, represented a “lethal force” because Floyd “was lying on his stomach”. In addition, “the pressure caused by body weight [de Chauvin] it could cause positional asphyxiation, which can lead to death, ”he explained.
Images of Floyd’s arrest, which resulted in his death on May 25, 2020, sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States and around the world. Floyd was arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit $ 20 bill in a store.
When asked how much force it would be reasonable to apply after Floyd was lying, handcuffed and unable to resist, Stiger, a Los Angeles police officer, said: “My opinion is that he shouldn’t have used force since [Floyd] was in that position. ”
“A police officer can only use a level of force proportional to the seriousness of the crime or the level of resistance,” he said.
Prosecutors seek to prove that Floyd’s death was due to asphyxiation, while Chauvin’s defense claims that illegal drugs in the man’s body were the cause.
On Tuesday, Johnny Mercil, coordinator of the use of force in the Minneapolis police, indicated that kneeling by Floyd’s neck as Chauvin did was not an authorized procedure.
Chauvin, 45, was fired from the police after the incident and pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and wrongful death.
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