The defence has begun in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd. One of the first witnesses contradicted prosecution evidence and said the force used on Mr Floyd was justified and reasonable because he kept struggling. Barry Brodd, a consultant in the use of police force, said Derek Chauvin was following his training when he knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck. “Officer Chauvin’s interactions with Mr Floyd were following his training, following current practices and were objectively reasonable,” Mr Brodd said. Prosecutor Steve Schleicher angrily challenged his evidence and made him agree that Chauvin, 45, had continued the restraint even after Mr Floyd had stopped resisting. Advertisement George Floyd died in May last year after Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes – despite repeated pleas that he couldn’t breathe, with video of the incident sparking protests around the world. Defence lawyer Eric Nelson also tried to highlight Mr Floyd’s apparent history of drug use, as he tries to prove he died of an overdose and underlying health problems rather than lack of oxygen. More from Black Lives Matter Kevin Reza: 2020 Tour de France’s only black rider on racism and being… Read full this story
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