Minneapolis police veteran calls Derek Chauvin’s actions against George Floyd ‘totally unnecessary’

Lt. Richard Zimmerman, a Minneapolis Police Department homicide officer and 36-year veteran of the force, told the jury in the trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin that police officers have a range of “use of force” options in dealing with a threat, but nowhere is an officer trained to kneel on a person when they are hand-cuffed and in a prone position. “If your knee is on a person’s neck, it can kill them,” Zimmerman said.

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