Chauvin should have ended force against Floyd, after he was cuffed and on the ground, supervisor said
Derek Chauvin's former supervisor said force used against George Floyd should have ended when he was handcuffed and on the pavement.
"When Mr. Floyd was no longer offering up any resistance," that should have ended use of force against him, retired Sgt. David Pleoger told jurors.
Pleoger, who recently retired from the Minneapolis Police Department, testified that he reviewed all of the body-worn cameras of Chauvin and the three other responding officers and that their restraint of Floyd should have ended much earlier than it did.
Prosecutor Steve Schleicher asked Pleoger: "Based upon your review of this incident, do you believe that the restraint should have ended at some point in the encounter?
Chauvin's attorney, Eric Nelson, objected and the attorneys had a private sidebar with Judge Peter Cahill.
Cahill ordered the jury out of the courtroom and Nelson argued that Pleoger had not reviewed all of the evidence, such as witness accounts.
The debate was primarily over how extensive of an opinion Pleoger would be allowed to give.
Once Floyd died on May 25, the matter was deemed a "critical incident," and that triggered a review by internal affairs, taking the matter out of Pleoger's hands.
Nelson argued that Pleoger shouldn't be allowed to make a judgment on Chauvin's use of force.
"This officer, Sgt. Pleoger, did not make this determination. He has not done a use of force review," Nelson argued, outside the ears of jurors. "He has not reviewed the entirety of this particular case."
Cahill ultimately directed Schleicher to withdraw his earlier question but said he could ask Pleoger: "Do you have an opinion as to when the restraint of Mr. Floyd should have ended in this encounter?" which he did after the jury was called back into the courtroom.
Pleoger responded: "When Mr. Floyd was no longer offering up any resistance to the officers, they could have ended their restraint."
"And that was after he was handcuffed and on the ground and no longer resisting?" Schleicher asked.
"Correct," Pleoger said.
This gets at the heart of the prosecution's argument that Chauvin did not follow proper protocol in his restraint of Floyd.