World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 02 Apr, 2021 06:00 am

Evidence grows against former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin on day four of murder trial

Evidence grows against former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin on day four of murder trial
Chauvin’s former supervising officer told the court officers used force against George Floyd beyond the point which they should have stopped.

When cross-examining Pleoger, defense attorney Eric Nelson built on his argument that officers were concerned about bystanders.However, when asked by defense attorney Nelson whether it was more important to deal with the “immediate threat” or a medical emergency, Pleoger stated he would address both simultaneously.While Ross was cross-examined, Chauvin’s defense attorney Nelson contended Floyd died because of drug use.Defense attorney Nelson questioned Bravinder about the crowd and asked if it influenced the decision to move Floyd to a different location.

Within seconds of approaching the vehicle Floyd was in, former officer Thomas Lane drew a gun on Floyd and demanded he exit the vehicle.When officers attempted to put Floyd in the back of their police vehicle, Floyd pleaded for officers to speak with him about the situation, telling them that he was scared and claustrophobic.

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