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Expert calls use of force on George Floyd 'excessive' by Derek Chauvin

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On the 7th day of trial, police training experts testified on Derek Chauvin using his knee to subdue George Floyd.

Video Transcript

TAMI ABDOLLAH: Jurors heard Tuesday from first line trainers including a crisis intervention trainer, a basic first aid trainer, and a use-of-force trainer. Prosecutors showed evidence that Derek Chauvin took courses in all three subjects.

- Is this a use of force?

- Yes, sir.

- You hedged a little bit and said, it may be some other training.

- Perhaps.

- What would that training be?

- Using body weight to control.

TAMI ABDOLLAH: The officers noted that Derek Chauvin should have put George Floyd in the side recovery position to ensure that he could breathe and wouldn't suffer from situational asphyxia.

- Initially, when Mr Floyd was being placed in the backseat of the vehicle, he was actively resisting the officers. So at that point, the officers were justified in utilizing force to try to have him comply with their commands and to seat him in the backseat of the vehicle. However, once he was placed in the prone position on the ground, he slowly [INAUDIBLE] resistance.

And at that point, the officers, ex officers, I should say, they should have slowed down or stopped their force as well.

TAMI ABDOLLAH: Chauvin's defense attorney argues that the street traffic as well as the gathering crowd presented distraction to the officer.

- If you don't feel safe around you, if you don't have enough resources, it's very difficult to focus on the one thing in front of you.

- The distraction can actually harm the potential care of the patient?

- Yes.

TAMI ABDOLLAH: Because of that, Nelson says there was an escalation of the situation. And that led to potentially more force being used.