The top use-of-force trainer for the Minneapolis Police Department said Tuesday that Derek Chauvin’s knee restraint on George Floyd is not authorized — and never has been.
Lt. Johnny Mercil testified at Chauvin’s murder trial in Floyd’s death that, while the department allows neck restraints in certain situations, the ex-cop’s decision to keep his neck on the victim’s neck for more than 9 minutes is not allowed.
“Sir, is this an MPD-trained neck restraint?” prosecutor Steve Schleicher asked.
“No sir,” Mercil replied.
“Has it ever been?” Schleicher said.
“Not to my — neck restraint? No sir,” Mercil answered.
.Asked under what circumstances a neck restraint could be used by a cop based on the training, Mercil said it would depend on the amount of resistance from a suspect.
Minneapolis Police Lt. Johnny Mercil, a use of force trainer, testifies as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides on April 6, 2021.Court TV via AP, Pool
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