An expert witness testified Tuesday that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was “justified” in his dealings with George Floyd last May.
Chauvin faces two counts of murder and one of manslaughter in connection with the death of Floyd. After detaining Floyd on suspicion of passing counterfeit money, Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for about eight minutes. Floyd later died.
During testimony for the defense on Tuesday, Barry Brodd, a former police officer who is now a consultant and a use-of-force expert, backed up Chauvin’s actions.
“I felt that Derek Chauvin was justified, was acting with objective reasonableness, following Minneapolis Police Department policy and current standards of law enforcement in his interactions with Mr. Floyd,” he said in a video of his comments posted to Twitter.
Barry Brodd, use-of-force expert for Derek Chauvin’s defense, testifies he believes Chauvin was “justified” and “acting with objective reasonableness” in George Floyd’s arrest.