George Floyd death: Chauvin 'trained to stay away from neck'

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Sgt Jody Stiger, a use of force expert for the Los Angeles Police Department, testified that officers were initially justified in their actions because Mr Floyd was "actively resisting" arrest as he was being placed in the patrol auto.

Several experienced officers, including the police chief himself, have testified that Floyd should not have been kept pinned to the pavement by his neck for close to 9 1/2 minutes by prosecutors' reckoning as the Black man lay face-down, his hands cuffed behind his back.

What did the police chief say?

Kneeling on people's necks is not what officers are taught, Derek Chauvin's former boss told the jury. "And when we talk about the framework of our sanctity of life and when we talk about our principles and the values that we have, that action goes contrary to what we are talking about".

Mr Floyd's treatment by police was captured on widely seen bystander video, that sparked protests around the United States as people demonstrated against racial inequality.

Chauvin's lawyer, Eric Nelson, has argued that Chauvin "did exactly what he had been trained to do over his 19-year career" and that it was Floyd's use of illegal drugs and his underlying health conditions - not the officer's knee - that killed him.

A sergeant has admitted officers could have ended their restraint against George Floyd earlier than they did.

Prosecutor Steve Schleicher noted that while some people may become more unsafe under the influence of drugs or alcohol, some may actually be "more vulnerable".

Under questioning from Nelson, Yang testified that people watching an arrest may also be in crisis and that officers have to take in the situation around them as well.

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Before he was pinned to the ground, Mr Floyd struggled with police who were trying to put him in a squad vehicle. He repeatedly said he was claustrophobic.

Mr Arradondo said officers are trained in basic first aid, including chest compressions, and department policy requires them to request medical assistance and provide necessary aid as soon as possible before paramedics arrive.

"We absolutely have a duty to render that", he said.

His death sparked the Black Lives Matter protests around the world. He recently informed the court that he will invoke the Fifth Amendment if asked to testify in the ongoing trial of Chauvin, who has been accused of murder and manslaughter in the May 2020 death of Floyd.

In court, Mr Arradondo was asked by prosecutors about the training Minneapolis police officers receive. They are trying to show that Mr Chauvin broke rules, and was a rogue officer.

During that time, Morries Lester Hall, a key witness who was with George Floyd on the day he died, will appear remotely from the Hennepin County jail. He called Mr Floyd's death "murder", and said Mr Chauvin "knew that Floyd was nonresponsive" during the last few minutes.

Records also show that Chauvin took in-service training in the use of force in October 2018.

In fact, Nelson sought to point out moments in the video footage when Chauvin's knee did not appear to be on Floyd's neck. He said officers are trained to put their knee across a suspect's back or shoulders and use their weight to restrain them, but we "tell officers to stay away from the neck when possible".

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