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Agent who smothered George Floyd used “deadly force”, confirms expert – ZAP

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Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd.

Los Angeles Police Sergeant Jody Stiger, heard in court as a police training specialist, suggests that Derek Chauvin used “deadly force” in the arrest of George Floyd.

On what was the eighth day of the trial for the death of George Floyd, the American murdered at the hands of the Minneapolis police in May 2020, sergeant Jody Stiger of the Los Angeles police, ensures that the agent Derek Chauvin used “deadly force” during Floyd’s detention.

Stiger was heard by the jury as an external expert in police training and the use of force. The pressure the agent placed on the victim’s body may have caused “Positional suffocation, which can lead to death, ”explained the expert, quoted by Expresso.

Chauvin’s lawyers argue that the fact that the arrest is being filmed may have distracted police from monitoring George Floyd’s health condition.

“They were just filming, and most of them were concerned about Mr. Floyd ”, Stiger countered.

When force is required, officers should always consider whether the suspect represents a threat and the seriousness of the crime allegedly committed. As Floyd was accused of having used a counterfeit 20 euro banknote in a payment, the expert understands that the use of such force was unreasonable.

Chauvin’s defense further claims that the drugs found in the Floyd system caused him to die.

Minneapolis City Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo testified this Monday at George Floyd’s murder trial and said Derek Chauvin violated the rules of the Police Department and its code of ethics about respect for the “sanctity of life”.

“It is not part of our training and certainly not part of our ethics and values,” said Medaria Arradondo, referring to how Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee to the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man years, for more than nine minutes.

“I strongly disagree that this was the appropriate use of force for that situation on May 25,” said Arradondo, quoted by Reuters agency, adding that policemen are trained to treat people with dignity and swore to defend the “sanctity of life”.

Daniel Costa Daniel Costa, ZAP //

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