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Police Lieutenant Testifies Knee On Neck Is Deadly Force

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In this image from video, Assistant Minnesota Attorney General Matthew Frank, questions witness Lt. Richard Zimmerman of the Minneapolis Police Department on Friday, April 2, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

A Minneapolis Police lieutenant is testifying that putting a knee on the neck of anyone who is handcuffed is using deadly force.

Lieutenant Richard Zimmerman was the second person to testify at today’s Derek Chauvin trial. He said police officers are taught that anyone who is handcuffed, like George Floyd was, is at risk and the officer takes responsibility for their lives so long as they’re handcuffed.

Zimmerman said anyone who is handcuffed behind their back will have a harder time breathing, and the usual procedure is to put them on their side because keeping them face down will only make it worse.

Chauvin is accused of murdering Floyd last May by placing his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.

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