“High-level, deadly” force should not be used on anyone who is in handcuffs and is at risk, kneeling on their necks and using force, the head of the Minneapolis Police Department’s murder department testified to former officer Derek Chauvin on Friday. Murder trial.
“If your knee is on someone’s neck, it can kill them,” said Lt. Richard Zimmerman, adding that when a person is handcuffed in a risky position, “your muscles begin to pull back … and if you Lying on your chest, it makes your breathing more complicated.
He offered to testify strongly against the way his former colleagues and other officials at the scene resisted Floyd.
Zimmerman said, “It’s not okay to put him down on the ground and put pressure on your knees and neck for this amount of time.” “I didn’t see any reason for the officers to think they were in danger themselves, if that’s what they felt and this That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. “
Chauvin (45) and white, he Accused A 49-year-old black man lying face down in a handcuffs was supposed to kill Floyd by pinning his knee on his neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds. Floyd has been accused of passing a counterfeit $ 20 bill in a neighboring market.
His death was triggered on a large scale Protest Scattered around the United States Violence And extensive self-inquiry into racism and police brutality. Since being fired, Chauvin has been charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder, and the most serious charge against him carries up to 40 years in prison.
Zimmerman arrived just before 10 a.m., about half an hour after Fouad was pronounced dead at a suburban hospital, and said he had helped ensure the evidence was secure and no witnesses were found.
Zimmerman said officers who arrested them were responsible for taking care of them and were trained to provide first aid to injured or distressed detainees even if they knew an ambulance was coming.
He told the jury, “His protection is your responsibility, his welfare is your responsibility.”
He described how officers are trained to respond to any threat with only a proportionate amount of force.
After Zimmerman called the jury to testify, Zimmerman told the jury, “Once a person is pressured, the amount of threat goes down the whole path.” “Do they know how they can hurt you?” “
And he warned of the danger of leaving a person in a prone position.
“Once you have secured or handcuffed a person, you need to get out of the prone position as quickly as possible because it limits their breathing,” he said.
On cross-examination, Zimmerman agreed when Chauvin’s top lawyer, Eric Nelson, instructed him not to train lieutenant officers on how to use restraint, and as an investigator he had to use force less often than a patrol officer.
Zimmerman’s testimony came a day after the police supervisory sergeant of Minneapolis, who was on duty on the night of George Floyd’s death, testified that he believed Floyd could have ended it after officers resisted.
David Pluger testified Thursday that officers trained people to roll around to help them breathe after resisting in a risky position.
“When Mr. Floyd no longer offered to resist the officers, they could have ended this restraint,” Pleasure said.
“And even then he was handcuffed and on the ground and no longer seemed resistant?” Asked prosecutor Steve Schleicher.
“Correct,” replied Pluger, who is now retired.
On Friday, Minneapolis Police Sergeant John Edwards, Floyd’s overnight supervisor, said he had secured the scene at the request of Plyger, who was in hospital with Floyd. Edwards said Plioger told him the incident was likely to be a “serious incident”, meaning someone was killed or seriously injured.
Edwards, who was not Chauvin’s bodyguard, said he had no details of what happened at the time, but that two officers involved in Floyd’s arrest – Thomas Lane and Jay Queng – had arrived at the intersection. He taped the scene of their crime.
He called other officials at the scene and advised them to go from house to house looking for witnesses. Edwards said he later learned that Floyd had died after investigators arrived.
The defense argued that Chauvin did what he was trained to do when he faced Floyd last May, and that Floyd’s death was due to drugs, his underlying health condition, and his own adrenaline. An autopsy found fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system.