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Court TV: Chauvin Trial Jury Hears From Senior Officers

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“Putting your knee on a neck for that amount of time — It's just uncalled for," homicide detective Lt. Richard Zimmerman said.

Video Transcript

CHANLEY PAINTER: On day five of the Derek Chauvin murder trial, the jury heard from two Minneapolis police officers before the judge let the jury out early for Good Friday. First, the jury heard from Sergeant Jon Edwards, one of three supervisors who arrived to the scene of 38th and Chicago to investigate outside the Cub Food store. Sergeant Edwards testified that when he arrived to secure the scene, he told officer King and Lane to turn on their body cameras.

SGT. JON EDWARDS: When I arrived there, I was met by Officer King first. First thing I did was I told him, hey, if your body-worn camera is not on, turn it on now. He did. Officer Lane came out of the car several seconds afterwards. Told the same thing to him.

CHANLEY PAINTER: But even more powerful testimony came from homicide detective Richard Zimmerman, the most senior officer of the Minneapolis Police Department.

LT. RICHARD ZIMMERMAN: Pulling him down to the ground, face down, and putting your knee on the neck for that amount of time is just uncalled for.

CHANLEY PAINTER: Zimmerman was one of 14 officers who wrote an open letter last June condemning Derek Chauvin's actions. That's the latest from here in downtown Minneapolis. I'm Chanley Painter with Court TV.