Law Enforcement Colleagues of Former Officer Derek Chauvin Testify

Four witnesses, all law enforcement professionals, took the stand yesterday in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin.

Four witnesses, all law enforcement professionals, took the stand yesterday in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin. Most of yesterday’s testimony focused on whether Chauvin used excessive force when he knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. Minneapolis Police Lt. Johnny Mercil, a use-of-force expert said he did and a similar expert from the Los Angeles police department agreed, saying the tactics Chauvin deployed are not those recommended in training.
Mercil testified that handcuffed suspects can have difficulty breathing on their stomachs, adding that officers are trained to move suspects into a side recovery position. He did however claim that Chauvin’s position might be considered “using body weight to control,” which is a common tactic officers use by placing a knee on a prone suspect’s shoulder blades in order to handcuff them. Witness testimony began again this morning.