Derek Chauvin trial: Fourth officer joins colleagues claiming he broke rules by kneeling on George Floyd’s neckavril 6, 2021
“I would say no,” lieutenant Johnny Mercil, who trains officers in the use of force, said when asked about whether the move was allowed under department policy.
Officers are trained to use neck holds on subjects, but are generally taught to do so with their arms, Mr Mercil said, demonstrating to the court by bending his arm around someone an imagined head lock.
The lieutenant added that there are times when an officer’s leg might be used to control a suspect while handcuffing them or doing a neck hold, but “as far my knowledge, we never have” trained someone to kneel directly on someone’s neck once they’ve already been handcuffed.
This echoes testimony yesterday from Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo.
“There’s an initial reasonableness in trying to get him under control in the first few seconds,” Mr Arradondo testified on Monday. “Once there was no longer any resistance, and clearly when Mr Floyd was no longer responsive and even motionless, to continue to apply that level of force to a person proned out, handcuffed behind their back, that in no way shape or form is by policy, is not part of our training, and is certainly not part of our ethics or values.”