Stiger says police should have stopped power the moment Floyd stopped resisting
Stiger, an outside expert placed by the prosecution, has told the jury that the police involved in the detention of George Floyd should have stopped any use of force by the time he was subjected to inclination and had stopped resisting.
“No force should have been used once he was in that position,” Steiger told the jury under direct investigation.
It is a repetition of what other members of the Minneapolis Police Department have already told the jury, but the fact that it is now being said by an outside expert gives this argument even more weight.
Steiger says at the time that Floyd was exposed to officers, including Chauvin.He did not try to evade. He did not try to resist. ”
He says officers should have considered the fatal risk sositional asphyxia.
Ladder has completed its direct investigation is being cross-examined by Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s defense attorney.
We’re back in business and Sgt Rising has resumed his testimony.
From the outset, prosecutors have asked Stiger to disclose how long he understands Chauvin placed Floyd in knee to neck.
He repeats the critical time frame that has been mentioned so many times now in this test: nine minutes and 29 seconds. That’s the total time Chauvin spent what prosecutors describe as deadly and unreasonable force against George Floyd, who was unarmed.
Ladders are being asked by prosecutors whether the use of force should be reasonable at all times.
“Yes.” He answers.
Ladders are now being asked to examine a number of still images showing different moments during the arrest. He points out that still images show Chauvin’s knees on Floyd’s neck and the use of pain correspondence on Floyd’s hands and arms as he lies inclined and handcuffed.
We expect the hearing to resume within the next 10 minutes.
Before things start, I thought I’d share a profile interview I wrote last month with Minneapolis City Council Vice President, Andrea Jenkins.
Jenkins has been one of the most powerful voices from the community in the wake of George Floyd’s death, and I talked to her for a long time about how the city is preparing for this milestone.
She told me over Zoom:
“That [the murder trial] becomes traumatic. We want as peaceful a situation as we can and really have resources there that people can turn to if there are challenges. ”
She also talked about being in regular contact with members of George Floyd’s family.
“They’re really more concerned about justice,” she told me. “They want to see justice, and they want to make sure that George Floyd’s name is honored for the role that his legacy plays in social justice.”
Jenkins is also America’s first black openly transgender woman elected to public office and she shared some more details about her childhood and got up for the office.
You can read the entire profile interview here:
Day eight of the Derek Chauvin murder case
Good morning and welcome to the Guardians continued live coverage and analysis of the Derek Chauvin murder case.
Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer who is white, faces three criminal charges in connection with the death of George Floyd, who was remanded in custody, a 46-year-old black man whose disappearance triggered a global calculation of racism. The most serious of these is second-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.
The lawsuit marks an unprecedented moment in the history of criminal law in Minnesota, as lawsuits are streamed live due to the coronavirus pandemic.
We have seen a large number of witnesses testify before the prosecution, including high-ranking Minneapolis police officers, a number of eyewitnesses and medical professionals.
Yesterday, the state called its first expert witness, Sgt Jody Stiger, a 28-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. Like others with expert knowledge of police use of force, Stiger told the court he believed Chauvin’s prolonged use of knee-to-neck restraint was excessive force.
“My view was that the power was excessive,” Stiger testified, telling the court that he had reviewed the department’s use of power police and video that captured George Floyd’s arrest.
It is expected that Sgt Stiger will continue to testify when the court resumes this morning at. 9:00 CT.
My colleague Chris McGreal has covered every day of the trial so far and filed a new report after yesterday’s testimony.
We continue to provide you with key lines from testimony as well as deeper analysis.
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