Minneapolis police officer Richard Zimmerman called excessive forcefulness used in the arrest of George Floyd
In Minneapolis, the trial continues on ex-policeman Derek Chauvin, accused of the murder of African American George Floyd.
According to Zimmerman, head of the Minneapolis Police Department of Homicide, Chauvin “used excessive force” in arresting Floyd.
Answering the question of prosecutors with a request to describe the actions of Chauvin, who held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, Zimmerman said that there was “no need” for this.
“I do not see any reasons indicating that the police officers feared for their lives. Only a threat to life can induce the use of this kind of force, “Reuters quoted Zimmerman as saying during the court hearing.
In a cross-examination by Shovlin’s lawyer, Zimmerman said that he does not provide training for police officers about the power technology used in detention. Answering the questions of the lawyer, the policeman also noted that, as an investigator, he is much less likely to use force than police officers patrolling the streets.
Recall that 45-year-old Chauvin pleaded not guilty to the murder of African American George Floyd. He and three other police officers who were present at the scene were fired the day after Floyd’s death.
In his opening remarks on Monday, the prosecutor said that Chauvin had betrayed his profession by using excessive force in arresting Floyd.
Chauvin’s lawyers insist that the police officer was simply following office instructions and that the main cause of Floyd’s death was a drug overdose.
According to the forensic expert, death occurred as a result of the use of a stranglehold during an arrest.