Minneapolis: Kneeling on George Floyd ’s neck whereas he was handcuffed and within the inclined place was “top-tier, lethal power” and “completely pointless,” the top of the Minneapolis Police Division’s murder division has testified.
“In case your knee is on an individual’s neck, that may kill him,” mentioned Lieutenant Richard Zimmerman, including that when an individual is handcuffed within the inclined place, “your muscular tissues are pulling again … and if you happen to’re laying in your chest, that’s constricting your respiration much more”.
Zimmerman, who testified at Derek Chauvin’s homicide trial on Friday (Saturday AEDT), additionally mentioned that after Floyd was handcuffed, he noticed “no purpose for why the officers felt they had been in peril, if that’s what they felt, and that’s what they must really feel to have the ability to that use of power”.
“So in your opinion, ought to that restraint have stopped as soon as he was handcuffed and thrown on the bottom?” Prosecutor Matthew Frank requested.
“Completely,” Zimmerman replied.
He additionally testified that officers have an obligation to offer look after an individual in misery, even when an ambulance has already been known as.
Below cross examination, Chauvin lawyer Eric Nelson peppered Zimmerman with questions on use of power, stating that officers should think about the whole state of affairs when deciding about whether or not to make use of power – together with what is occurring with a suspect, whether or not the suspect is underneath the affect, and different surrounding hazards, equivalent to a crowd.
Zimmerman agreed with Nelson that an individual who’s handcuffed can nonetheless pose a risk and might proceed to thrash round.