Expert witness criticises use of force during George Floyd arrest

Expert witness criticises use of force during George Floyd arrest
The picture from a footage shows the moment Mr Floyd was arrested.
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Daily US Times: An expert witness has testified that “excessive” use of force was used by Derek Chauvin during the arrest of George Floyd, who was unarmed.

Sgt Jody Stiger, a use of force expert for the Los Angeles Police Department, said that “deadly force” was used after Mr Floyd, a black American, was placed in handcuffs. Sgt Stiger testified for the prosecution over two days.

Ex-police officer Mr Chauvin, a 45-year-old white man, was filmed kneeling on George Floyd for over nine minutes during Mr Floyd’s arrest last May.

He is on trial for murdering Mr Floyd and has denied the charges against him.

The footage of Mr Chauvin with his knee on Mr Floyd’s neck sparked global protests against racism.

The trial is in its second week and is expected to last for at least one month. The defence is due to begin arguing its case next week.

Prosecutors continued to argue that the then-police officer Mr Chauvin had used undue force, while the defence team sought to draw attention to Mr Floyd’s alleged use of drugs, claiming he could be heard saying “I ate a lot of drugs” in bodycam video.

As police officers are rarely charged or convicted at all for deaths that occur in custody, the verdict in this trial is being seen as an indication of how the United States legal system will treat such cases in future.

Sgt Jody Stiger was one of four police officers on Tuesday who condemned Mr Chauvin’s handling of the arrest, which was sparked by Mr Floyd’s alleged use of a counterfeit $20 bill.

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