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Derek Chauvin used 'deadly force' on George Floyd when none was necessary, LAPD expert says

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A Los Angeles Police Department use-of-force expert testified Wednesday that former police officer Derek Chauvin used "deadly force" by holding his knee on the neck of George Floyd for more than 9 minutes in a situation where no force was necessary.

(CNN)A Los Angeles Police Department use-of-force expert testified Wednesday that former police officer Derek Chauvin used "deadly force" by holding his knee on the neck of George Floyd for more than 9 minutes in a situation where no force was necessary.

LAPD Sgt. Jody Stiger, in his second day on the stand, said the pressure of Chauvin's body weight on the back of Floyd's neck could have caused potentially lethal "positional asphyxia. "

On Tuesday, a Minneapolis Police use-of-force training instructor said Chauvin's kneeling on George Floyd's neck is not a trained neck restraint tactic.

"However, once he was placed in a prone position on the ground, he slowly ceased resistance and at that point the ex-officers, they should have slowed down or stopped their force as well," Stiger said.

While neck restraints may be allowed on suspects actively resisting, they are not to be done with the knee and they would not be authorized on a suspect who is handcuffed and under control, testified Lt. Johnny Mercil, the Minneapolis Police use-of-force training instructor.

"We don't train leg-neck restraints with officers in service, and as far as I know, we never have," Mercil said Tuesday.

He said officers are trained to move suspects into a side recovery position -- "the sooner the better. "

However, Mercil said in cross-examination that Chauvin's position might be considered "using body weight to control," a tactic in which officers place a knee on a prone suspect's shoulder blades to handcuff them.

Chauvin took a 40-hour course on crisis intervention training in 2016 in which actors portrayed people in crisis and officers had to de-escalate the situation, Yang testified.

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