Lieutenant: Kneeling on Floyd’s Neck ‘Totally Unnecessary’

Chauvin Trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The head of the Minneapolis Police Department’s homicide division has testified that kneeling on the neck of someone who is handcuffed and lying on his stomach is top-tier, deadly force, and “totally unnecessary.”

Lt. Richard Zimmerman testified Friday at the trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with killing George Floyd last year.

His testimony came a day after a Minneapolis police supervisory sergeant who was on duty the night Floyd died testified that he believes the officers who restrained Floyd could have ended it after Floyd stopped resisting.

Chauvin is charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death.

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