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A Minneapolis police training instructor who specializes in the use of force testified Tuesday that when former officer Derek Chauvin was kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, he was not using a restraint method taught to officers. “We don’t train leg-neck restraints with officers in service, and as far as I know, we never have,” Lt. Johnny Mercil said during Chauvin’s murder trial. Neck restraints can help with a resisting suspect, but they don’t involve the officer’s knee and are not authorized on someone who is handcuffed and subdued. “You want to use the least amount of force necessary to meet your goals,” Mercil said. Several police sources, including Chief Medaria Arradondo, have contradicted defense lawyers’ assertions that Chauvin was following his training during the arrest that left Floyd, an unarmed Black man, dead. [Star Tribune, CNN]


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