Testimony in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin will continue on Wednesday, picking up with continued testimony from a police training expert who said on Wednesday that the former Minneapolis police officer used “excessive force” in the deadly arrest of George Floyd.
Floyd, who was arrested in May 2020 on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store, lost consciousness and died after Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck or several minutes.
As CBS News reports, Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant Jody Stiger, an expert in de-escalation training, testified on Tuesday that the arresting officers were justified in using force with Floyd during the period of his arrest when he resisted getting into a police cruiser. But once he was handcuffed and subdued, the officers should have de-escalated the use of force, Stiger said.
“My opinion was the force was excessive,” Stiger testified, according to the report.
Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder,and second-degree manslaughter.
Court proceedings are expected to begin Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. CT; 10:15 a.m. ET.
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