A Los Angeles Police Department expert on police use of force offered paid testimony Tuesday that Derek Chauvin used excessive force during George Floyd’s police custody death.
LAPD Sgt. Jody Stiger, who said he received nearly $13,000 to testify in the case, said at Chauvin’s murder trial that the former Minneapolis cop’s knee restraint on Floyd’s neck was not standard practice.
“Based upon your review of these materials … what is your opinion as to the degree of force used by the defendant on Mr. Floyd?” prosecutor Steve Schleicher asked.
“My opinion was that the force was excessive,” Stiger responded.
Stiger said he considered several factors in coming to that conclusion, including the “severity of the offense” that led to Floyd’s arrest — passing a counterfeit $20 bill.
“Typically in a normal situation where you’re dealing with someone who is a counterfeiter or someone who is using a counterfeit bill, typically you wouldn’t even expect to use