Police trainer says Derek Chauvin used unauthorised neck restraint on George Floyd
Guardian, 07 Apr 2021
The Minneapolis police department's coordinator on the use of force, Johnny Mercil, told jurors on Tuesday the neck restraint applied by former policeman Derek Chauvin in the deadly arrest of George Floyd was unauthorised and that officers are trained to use the least amount of force necessary.
Steve Schleicher, one of prosecuting attorneys, showed Mercil, who teaches the proper use of force for the department, a photograph of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck and asked if he was using an authorised neck restraint under the circumstances.
'I would say no,' Mercil testified.
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