Story at a glance

  • George Floyd was killed last year by Minneapolis police officers that were restraining him, sparking protests against racism and police brutality.
  • Derek Chauvin, who was involved in Floyd's death and fired by the department, is facing several charges of murder and manslaughter.
  • The prosecution is arguing that Chauvin’s use of force against Floyd was excessive.

An expert in the use of force testified on behalf of the prosecution that officer Derek Chauvin’s use of force against George Floyd was excessive. 

“My opinion was that no force was reasonable in that position,” Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant Jody Stiger told jurors on the eighth day of testimony. “The pressure...caused by the body weight could cause positional asphyxia and could cause death.”

Chauvin, a white man, is facing multiple charges in connection to the death of Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody after Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. He has pleaded not guilty to second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges.


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“He was handcuffed, not attempting to resist, not attempting to assault officers, kick, punch, [or anything] of that nature,” Stiger said, adding "at that point it was just pain."

More than a dozen witnesses have already given emotional testimony since the trial began last week. 

The case has highlighted the violent history between police officers and Black Americans, who are disproportionately stopped, arrested and punished, as well as the victims of police brutality. 

Earlier this week, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified that Chauvin, who was fired by the agency after Floyd's death, violated department policy. 

"This was murder — it wasn't a lack of training," Arradondo said.


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Published on Apr 07, 2021