MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – A Minneapolis police supervising sergeant who was on duty the night George Floyd died testified Thursday that he believes the officers holding Floyd may have stopped restraining him after he stopped resisting arrest. .
David Pleoger testified at the trial of agent Derek Cauvin, who has since been fired and is charged with murder in Floyd’s death. Pleoger said officers are trained to turn people onto their sides and help them breathe when held prone.
“When Mr. Floyd was no longer offering any resistance to the officers, they could have ended the submission action,” he added.
“And that was after he was handcuffed, was on the ground and was no longer resisting?” Asked prosecutor Steve Schleicher.
“Correct,” replied Ploeger, who is now retired.
Chauvin, 45, white, is accused of killing Floyd, 46, by holding him to the ground for 9 minutes and 29 seconds while still handcuffed.
Ashley Marks worked in the life insurance industry. He now faces the death penalty for this fact.
The death of Black Floyd sparked protests around the world, and in the United States sparked a nationwide discussion about racism and police brutality. The most serious charge against Chauvin carries a penalty of up to 40 years in prison.
Thursday’s testimony began with that of Floyd’s girlfriend, who tearfully told the jury how they met in 2017 at a Salvation Army shelter, where he was a security guard with “this big deep, husky voice from the south.” and how they both battled an addiction to painkillers.
“Our story is the classic story of how many people become addicted to opioids. We both suffered from chronic pain. I had it around my neck and he had it on my back, ”said Courteney Ross, 45.