The former Minneapolis cop charged with killing George Floyd by pressing a knee to his neck did the same thing while restraining a 14-year-old boy during a 2017 arrest, prosecutors contend.
State prosecutors are now asking a judge to allow bodycam footage of the earlier bust to be used as evidence at the upcoming murder trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin, the Star-Tribune said.
“When faced with a suspect who does not immediately comply with his demands, Chauvin intentionally uses a level of unreasonable force to accomplish subdual and restraint,” Assistant State Attorney General Matthew Frank said in court papers filed this week, the outlet said.
Frank’s comments were in response to a motion by defense lawyers in the case seeking to bar prosecutors from citing seven prior incidents where Chauvin allegedly used excessive force to restrain suspects.
Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson argued that the ex-cop’s prior incidents were in keeping with department policy on the use of restraint and