Prosecutors called on a series of law enforcement officers to come to power on Friday because they will continue to file a lawsuit against Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who was fired for the death of George Floyd. . Chauvin knelt on Freud’s neck for more than 9 minutes in the disturbing video and was found guilty of second-degree murder.And second-degree homicide. He pleaded not guilty.
Lieutenant Rick Zimmerman, head of the homicide department of the Minneapolis Police Department, testified Friday that the knee on someone’s neck was “absolutely” regarded as lethal force. When asked why, he said: “Because if the knee is on a person̵
Zimmerman said that in his decades of professional career, he has never been trained to use this tactic.
Zimmerman testified that the officer had no reason to believe that he was threatened by Floyd. When asked whether the officer should stop restraining Freud once he stopped resisting Freud, he said: “Of course, I will stop.”
On Thursday, Chauvin’s police chief also testified that once the person stopped resisting, the officer’s restraint on Floyd “may have ended.” Retired Minneapolis police sergeant David Pleoger testified that after receiving a call from the 911 dispatcher, he called Qiaowen, who had been monitoring the arrests on surveillance cameras. The prosecutor played a part in the president’s conference call and heard Chavin say: “We have to lower someone. He is going crazy… won’t go behind the team.”
Pleoger said Chauvin did not tell him on the phone that he pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck, but later told him at the medical center that Floyd was pronounced dead.