new video loaded: ‘Deadly Force’: Minneapolis Police Officer Describes Chauvin’s Actions
‘Deadly Force’: Minneapolis Police Officer Describes Chauvin’s Actions
Lt. Richard Zimmerman, who responded to the scene of George Floyd’s arrest after he was taken away in an ambulance, testified in court that Derek Chauvin did not follow police protocol.
“Have you ever in all the years you’ve been working for the Minneapolis Police Department, been trained to kneel on the neck of someone who is handcuffed behind their back in a prone position?” “No, I haven’t.” “Is that, if that were done, would that be considered force?” “Absolutely.” “What level of force might that be?” “That would be the top tier, the deadly force.” “Why?” “Because of the fact that if your knee is on a person’s neck that can kill him. Once a person is cuffed, you need to turn them on their side or have them sit up. You need to get them off their chest.” “Why?” “Because of the — as I mentioned earlier, your muscles are pulling back when you’re handcuffed. And if you’re laying on your chest, that’s constricting your breathing even more.”
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