A sergeant who supervised Derek Chauvin testified Thursday that the police officer and other officers should have stopped restraining George Floyd once he stopped responding.
“When Mr. Floyd no longer offered any resistance to the officers, they could have ended his containment”said sergeant David Pleoger, who is retired, according to The New York Times. When asked by a prosecutor, he pointed out that police officers should not restrain someone who is handcuffed and no longer resists.
Sergeant Pleoger claimed that he had spoken to Chauvin minutes after Floyd was taken away in an ambulance, revealing that the cop hadn’t mentioned the pressure on Floyd’s neck in that conversation.
They spoke on the phone after the sergeant received a call from a 911 operator who was concerned about live surveillance footage of officers holding Floyd. Part of the conversation, which took place minutes after he was taken to a hospital, was captured by Chauvin’s body camera.
“We just had to hold the guy”, Chauvin is heard saying, who adds that Floyd wasn’t going to stay in the back of a police car. “He was going crazy”he added, according to The New York Times.
Chauvin turned off his body camera shortly after the call began. Sergeant Pleoger said doing that is a standard action and recalled that the police officer stated that Floyd had injured his nose or mouth after being attacked and then had suffered a medical emergency.
Body camera images show that a police officer approached Floyd with a raised pistol and pulled him out of the driver’s seat of a car after a store clerk called 911 and said that Floyd had used a fake $ 20 bill to buy cigarettes. When officers tried to get him into the back of a police car, he struggled with them and apparently tried to get out of the back seat. Then ended up on the sidewalk outside the vehicle, where officers pinned him down for more than nine minutes.
Sergeant Pleoger drove to the place of arrest shortly after and then met Chauvin at the Hennepin County Medical Center, where Floyd had been transferred. Once there, the police officers learned that Floyd was not well, and Pleoger asked Chauvin if he had used additional force.
“He said he knelt on Floyd or knelt on his neck, something of that nature.”Sergeant Pleoger said Thursday, according to The New York Times. In response to a question from a prosecutor, he stated that it was the first time he learned that Chauvin might have applied force to Floyd’s neck.
Sergeant Pleoger was the Last witness to be subpoenaed on Thursday, the fourth day of Chauvin’s murder trial. The testimony continues this Friday morning.