Before his death, George Floyd had begged to get some water, pleading, “Please officer, water or something,” but in retaliation, Derek Chauvin, convicted for Floyd’s murder, tells him to “stop talking,”
There are moments in the video where the officer is inflicting even more damage to George Floyd under his knee, which Jody Stiger is asked to explain what is happening in the footage.
Derek Chauvin has pleaded not guilty, his number one argument is that he was trained to do what he had to do which unfortunately lead to George Floyd’s death.
Recently testifying, Stiger states that “in the bodyworn video you can hear Mr. Floyd describe his discomfort and pain and you can also hear the defendant responding to him,” in which they can tell Floyd saying “Please officer,” asking for “water,” since he “can’t breathe,”
When listening to the footage closely, Chauvin tells him to “stop talking,” the footage also reveals that he is pressing into Floyd’s left fingers. The motive is unclear as to why he has done this, but it is now being demonstrated in court.
For more proof that Chauvin was purposefully inflicting pain against the victim, the technique that Chauvin was using is to “get a subject to comply with their commands. As they comply they are rewarded with a reduction of pain,” Another note that Stiger tells that court is that Floyd’s handcuffs are not double-locked, continuing to get tighter as he moved.
He comments, “At that point it’s just pain,”
He states that “No force should have been used,” since Floyd was already complying to the procedures and was non-threatening, not resisting either to Chauvin’s use of force.
In order to fully understand what had happened in that moment, Stiger tells the court to consider the legal standards and actions that have to be taken for Floyd’s case to serve justice.
According to the Minneapolis police officers, Chauvin’s actions were rejected and they were coached to stay away from the neck.
Several officers who are experienced, this includes the police chief as well, testifies that Floyd should not have been pinned to the pavement for the amount of time Chauvin had him down, which was about nine and a half minutes with his hands cuffed behind his back.
Chauvin had taken a 40 hour course on how to recognize individuals in crisis, this included those who had mental problems or effects on drugs and to use de-escalation techniques in order to calm them.