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Derek Chauvin Trial: Training Experts Say Officers Used Excessive Force Against George Floyd

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CBS4's Michael George has more on day seven of the trial.

Video Transcript

- Subject was under control, and handcuffed. Would this be authorized?

- I would say no.

- Across America, in day seven of the Derek Chauvin trial, jurors hear from Minneapolis police officers who train other officers in crisis intervention and use of force. Prosecutors hope to prove that Chauvin's knee on the neck of George Floyd was unauthorized, and what ultimately killed him. CBS 4's Michael George has the latest.

- Have a seat, please.

MICHAEL GEORGE: A Minneapolis police officer who trained Derek Chauvin on how to perform approved neck restraints was on the stand today.

- Is this an MPD trained neck restraint?

- No, sir.

MICHAEL GEORGE: In cross-examination, Chauvin's defense showed various angles of George Floyd's arrest, and suggested the position was actually an approved face down handcuffing position, and that Chauvin's knee was not on Floyd's neck, but rather on his back and shoulders.

- Does this appear to be a prone hold that an officer may apply with his knee?

- Yes.

MICHAEL GEORGE: Earlier, Sergeant Ker Yang confirmed Chauvin underwent a 40 hour training in 2016 in crisis de-escalation. Chauvin's attorney suggested the crowd watching Floyd's arrest was also in crisis mode, and Chauvin had to deal with them too.

On Monday, the Minneapolis Police chief testified that continuing to kneel on Floyd's neck once he was handcuffed and laying on his stomach violated department policy.

- Would he be willing to answer those?

MICHAEL GEORGE: Before the jury arrived, Morris Hall appeared over video from the county jail, where he's being held on unrelated charges. Hall was in the car before Floyd's arrest, and his attorney says, if called to testify, he'll invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination.

ADRIENNE COUSINS: That he was in the car puts him in very close proximity with Mr. Floyd, very close in time before he's alleged to have ingested drugs.

MICHAEL GEORGE: Prosecutors want to keep Hall far away from the witness stand.

- Opposing counsel has suggested almost an alternative perpetrator.

MICHAEL GEORGE: The judge says he'll make a final decision about whether Hall will be called to testify later this week. Michael George, CBS News, New York.

- A member of George Floyd's family often occupies a reserved seat in the back corner of the Minneapolis courtroom, where former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial in Floyd's death. Today, his family held a prayer vigil outside the courthouse.