The George Floyd trial is heating up in Minnesota, as former police officer Derek Chauvin faces life in prison for 1st-degree murder.

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The defense just aired a video that they claim is a “bombshell.”

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HLN aired the footage, where the defense claims George Floyd can be heard on video saying, “I ate too many drugs.”

The state expert claims that he didn’t hear Floyd saying that on the video.

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An expert just testified that Chauvin used “deadly force” on Mr. Floyd.

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He said the initial force used on Mr. Floyd was “appropriate,” but that police could have de-escalated the situation without forcing him to the ground.

From USA Today 

An expert witness told jurors in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Wednesday that Chauvin used “deadly” force on George Floyd and kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.

Sgt. Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department officer who has conducted about 2,500 use-of-force reviews in his career, said the initial force used on Floyd was appropriate because Floyd was resisting arrest as officers tried to get him into their patrol car.

However, after officers forced Floyd to the ground, “they should have de-escalated the situation,” Stiger said. Instead, the officers continued to intensify the situation, he said.

The article goes on to say that prosecutors have shifted from eyewitness testimony to focusing on Chauvin’s use of force, trying to show Chauvin’s restraint was excessive and led to Floyd’s death.

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The defense has elicited testimony suggesting officers were threatened and distracted by an unruly crowd, faced initial resistance from Floyd, and decided not to use a “hobble” restraint that would’ve tied his legs to his arms. The defense has argued Floyd died as a result of the drugs in his system and underlying medical issues.

 

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