The trial of former officer Derek Chauvin will continue on Thursday after a day of testimony focused on Mr. Floyd’s drug use on the day he died. Mr. Chauvin’s defense attempted to argue that Mr. Floyd died of a possible overdose, but the prosecution blames the actions of Mr. Chauvin, who pinned Mr. Floyd with his knee for about nine and a half minutes.
Here are some key takeaways for day 9 of the trial.
An expert said no force was needed once Mr. Floyd was overpowered.
A use of force expert, Sgt. Jody Stiger, who works with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Office of the Inspector General, said “no force should have been used” once Mr. Floyd was restrained, handcuffed and face down. on the pavement. The sergeant also said that Mr. Chauvin put Mr. Floyd at risk of positional asphyxiation or oxygen deprivation.
“He was lying on his stomach, he was handcuffed, he wasn’t trying to resist, he wasn’t trying to assault the police – kicking, punching or anything of that nature,” said Sergeant Stiger to prosecutors.
Responding to questions from the defense, Sergeant Stiger said Mr. Floyd resisted arrest when officers attempted to put him in the back of a patrol car. At that point, Mr. Chauvin would have been right to use a Taser, said Sergeant Stiger.
There has been conflicting testimony regarding Mr. Floyd’s drug use.
Asked to interpret camera footage of the police body, Senior Special Agent James D. Reyerson of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension first said that Mr. Floyd appeared to be saying, “I ate too much. drug. But in later testimony, Mr. Reyerson changed his assessment and said Mr. Floyd had actually shouted, ‘I don’t do drugs.
His revised judgment could undermine the defense of Mr. Chauvin, which attempted to argue that Mr. Floyd died as a result of drug use, not Mr. Chauvin’s actions. A toxicology report found methamphetamine and fentanyl in Mr. Floyd’s system.
Pill fragments containing Mr. Floyd’s TBEN were found in a police car.
McKenzie Anderson, a forensic scientist with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, treated the squad car Mr. Floyd was briefly placed in on the night of his death. Initial treatment did not reveal any drugs in the vehicle, she said, but in a second search requested by Mr. Chauvin’s defense team in January, the team discovered fragments of pills. whose TBEN matches that of Mr. Floyd.
Breahna Giles, another forensic scientist with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, said some of the pills recovered from the scene had been tested and contained methamphetamine and fentanyl. They were marked with letters and numbers indicating pharmaceutical grade acetaminophen and oxycodone, although illicit pills were sometimes marked by drug dealers to give the false impression they came from a pharmacy.