Sergeant Jody Stiger, an expert in the use of force in the United States Police, pointed out this Wednesday that the former agent Derek Chauvin used “deadly force” on George Floyd by keeping his knee on the neck of the now deceased for more than nine minutes. Stiger, from the Los Angeles Police Department, has continued with his testimony, as an expert, which he began on the previous day of the trial against the defendant in the death of African American Floyd, which takes place before a jury at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. The expert has maintained that the initial force used by the ex-police officer was appropriate, but that when Floyd was on the ground he “should have reduced the action.”
The jury has been shown in the session this Wednesday, the eighth of the process, images taken by a body camera of one of the agents involved in the arrest, in which Chauvin’s hand was shown apparently pressing and manipulating the palm of Floyd’s hand, who, handcuffed, was already face down on the pavement. In this sense, Stiger has indicated that the defendant also used a “pain compliance technique”, which “officers use to get a subject to comply with their orders” and “as they are carried out, the reduction of the pain”.
The sergeant added that he could hear in the replayed video the handcuffs increasingly tightening George Floyd’s wrists. The witness has also stressed that the images show that Chauvin used this technique during the more than nine minutes that he had the now deceased immobilized on the pavement, according to ABC News. “I was in a prone position, he was handcuffed, he wasn’t trying to resist“He added, while reporting that during the event, the handcuffed expressed his pain and shortness of breath.
According to Stiger, “the simple fact of being in that position and especially being handcuffed creates a situation in which the person has difficulty breathing, which can cause death.” “When you add body weight to that, it just increases the chance of death,” he added.
On the other hand, the main investigator of the case, special agent James Reyerson, of the Office of Criminal Learning in Minnesota, has assured that after reviewing, together with a team of 50 people, the videos of the case, frame by frame, has determined that the ex-cop put his knee and his weight on Floyd’s neck for most of the time he was kept face down.
Consumption of drugs
Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, who tries to show the jury that the drugs Of fentanyl and methamphetamine consumed and combined with heart disease were the cause of Floyd’s death, Reyerson has been questioned about a video in which the defense alleged that the deceased said “I ate too many drugs.” At first, the investigator replied that Floyd did make that statement, although later the prosecutor Matt Frank asked him to review the video to see a more extended version, after which Reyerson corrected himself by stating that think Floyd said “I don’t take drugs”.
The trial has also received this Wednesday the statements of forensic scientists from the Office of Criminal Apprehension McKenzie Anderson and Breahna Giles, who have delved into the evidence collected at the scene, Floyd’s truck and the police car in the that you tried to stop him. Thus, they have indicated that a prescription drug for opioid addiction and two pills containing methamphetamine and fentanyl were found in the deceased’s vehicle. On the other hand, they have detailed that drops of blood and pieces of pills were located in the back of the Police car.
After DNA testing on the blood drops, it was determined that it matched Floyd’s DNA, according to forensic scientists, who also noted that they found saliva in pills collected from the patrol car that also matched Floyd’s DNA and contained methamphetamine.
Chauvin is accused of murder in the second degree, manslaughter in the second degree and murder in the third degree. If the twelve-person jury finds him guilty at trial, Chauvin could face a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, 25 years for third-degree murder and 10 for involuntary manslaughter.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black citizen, died on May 25, 2020 after complaining that he could not breathe due to having Chauvin’s knee on his neck, a sequence that was recorded on video. The police response originated because Floyd made a payment with a counterfeit $ 20 bill.
Chauvin was expelled from the Police Force shortly thereafter and released on bail after being charged with murder and ill-treatment. Three other agents face charges of complicity in committing the alleged crime. All of them will be tried in August.
The event sparked a wave of protests against police violence and racism across the United States in 2020.