Use-of-force expert: Chauvin used 'pain compliance technique' against George Floyd
During the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Wednesday, Jody Stiger, an expert on the use of force, testified that Chauvin used his body weight to pin George Floyd's neck to the ground for more than nine minutes.
The 45-year-old chauvin is charged with murder and manslaughter when Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man, died on May 25, 2020, was arrested on suspicion of using a fake $ 20 bill. A bystander recorded the arrest and pointed his knee to Floyd's neck with Chauvin as Floyd repeatedly said he couldn't breathe.
Stiger, a sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department and a prosecutor's witness, testified Tuesday that Chauvin's use of force was excessive. In Wednesday's testimony, he said that Chauvin Floyd was pushing on Floyd with most of his body weight from the time Floyd was pinned to the ground to the time paramedics arrived at the scene.
Chauvin's attorney, Eric Nelson, asked Stiger if pictures of the arrest showed that Chauvin's knee was actually sometimes on Floyd's shoulder blade area or at the base of his neck. Stiger replied that it still looks like Chauvin's knee is near Floyd's neck, but Chauvin's weight could have shifted at times.
Stiger also said that when Floyd was handcuffed and pinned to the floor, Chauvin used a "pain compliance technique" that involved squeezing a suspect's fingers and manipulating her hands. Once the suspect follows the instructions, the pain will be reduced. Chauvin seemed to keep squeezing even though Floyd no longer resisted, and "then it's just pain," Stiger said.
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