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Police lieutenant says Chauvin's knee on Floyd's neck would not be an authorized use-of-force

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Minneapolis Police Lt. Johnny Mercil testified today about the use of neck restraints by police officers at the department.

Minneapolis Police Lt. Johnny Mercil testified today about the use of neck restraints by police officers at the department.

Minneapolis Police Lt. Johnny Mercil is a is a use-of-force instructor who trained Derek Chauvin on defensive tactics in 2018.

And if those lower uses of force do not work, would not work or are too unsafe to try, then you increase the level of force against that person," Mercil said.

Minneapolis Police Lt. Johnny Mercil, who is a use-of-force instructor with the department, said he trained Derek Chauvin on defensive tactics in 2018.

Mercil said that the department trains officers that physical restraint is a use-of-force, but when applying restraint, it has to be "reasonable. "

The prosecuting and defense attorneys finished questioning Minneapolis Police Department Sgt. Ker Yang who serves as the department's crisis intervention training coordinator.

The defense asked Yang what potential signs of aggression they train officers to watch for during a situation.

Yang said the department also trains officers on what to look for in bystanders and people observing.

Three witnesses testified yesterday, including Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo who said Chauvin's kneeling on Floyd's neck is not a trained tactic and was a violation of the policies around de-escalation, objectively reasonable use of force and requirement to render aid.

George Floyd’s friend, who was in the car with him on May 25, 2020 when they were confronted by police, appeared via Zoom in front of Judge Peter Cahill this morning to determine if he will testify in the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin.

The judge said there will be a future hearing on Hall's testimony, and he has asked that defense attorney Eric Nelson draft written questions that he would like Hall to answer.

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