An armed use expert told a US jury that a former police officer accused of killing George Floyd was “justified” by fixing him to the ground.
Barry Brod said in a trial in Minnesota that Derek Chauvin acted with “objective rationality.”
Chauvin is on trial after kneeling on Floyd’s neck when he was arrested last May.
He denied the accusation.
A video of white Chauvin kneeling on black Floyd’s neck led to racism and global protests against police in the United States.
Minnesota’s tensions have also risen since then Another black man’s deadly shooting on Sunday by a white police officer It is located in the suburbs, just 10 miles (16 km) from the court where Mr. Chauvin’s trial is taking place.
On Tuesday, the court heard testimony from witnesses called by Mr. Chauvin’s defense team.
What did the experts say?
Former police officer Brod told the court that the “imminent threat” posed by Floyd was a major factor in his detention.
“Derek Chauvin felt that he was acting justified, objectively and rationally in accordance with Minneapolis Police Department policy and current standards of law enforcement in his interactions with George Floyd,” he said. I did.
“From a police officer’s point of view, you don’t have to wait for it to happen. You have to be reasonably afraid of someone attacking, stabbing, or shooting you.”
Brod added: “It’s easy to sit in the office and judge what a police officer is doing. It’s even harder to be in the position of a police officer and try to assess what they’re feeling, feeling, and feeling. Fear what they have and then make a decision. “
Defendant lawyer Eric Nelson asked Mr Brod, “Is this a deadly use of force?”
“No, it wasn’t,” Brod replied.
He dismissed Chauvin’s attention, saying that the crowds surrounding George Floyd “posed an unknown threat” during his arrest.
The prosecution interrogated Mr. Brod and claimed that the risk of positional asphyxia (the inability to breathe in a particular position) was well known.
“Do you agree that it is generally understood by law enforcement agencies?” Asked prosecutor Steve Schleicher.
“Yes,” Brod replied, confirming that it wasn’t new information.
What else happened?
The trial was also heard from Minneapolis Park police officer Peter Chan, who responded to Floyd’s arrest scene. The court was shown footage from his body camera.
Mr Chan told the court that the crowd of bystanders around Floyd was “very aggressive against police officers.”
“Did it cause you any worries?” Nelson asked him.
“Concerns about the safety of police officers, yes,” Chan replied.
George Floyd’s acquaintance, Shawanda Hill, was forced by the defense to testify on Tuesday.
When she was sitting in the backseat of the car, Floyd approached from a clerk who faced him with a counterfeit $ 20 bill.
She said Floyd used to be “happy, normal, talking, and alert.”
She said he offered to ride her and received a call while she was sitting in the car with Floyd.
She said on the phone that Floyd suddenly fell asleep just before the employee confronted him.
She said she woke him up again when the police arrived.
She said that as soon as Floyd woke up, he first saw a policeman’s gun. Ms. Hill said he soon suffered and began appealing to police officers not to kill him.
“Did he seem surprised when the policeman pointed his gun at him?” The prosecutor asks.
“Very,” she said.