0456 GMT May 26, 2022
The American Sergeant David Pleoger, who arrived at the scene shortly after Floyd was taken away by ambulance, said that Chauvin and other officers holding down the 46-year-old black man should have stopped using force once Floyd stopped resisting, the Guardian reported.
“When Mr. Floyd was no longer offering up any resistance to the officers they could have ended their restraint,” he said.
Video recording showed that Chauvin kept pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck even after the detained man pleaded that he could not breathe and then stopped moving. Two other officers were also holding Floyd down.
Chauvin is charged with murder and manslaughter, accused of killing Floyd by kneeling on the black man’s neck for nine minutes, 29 seconds on May 25, 2020, as he lay face-down in handcuffs.
Chauvin, 45, who is white, faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.
The case triggered large protests around the US, scattered violence and widespread soul-searching over racism and police brutality.
Pleoger is among a number of officers expected to be called as witnesses for the prosecution including the chief of the Minneapolis police department, Medaria Arradondo, who, in a highly unusual move, will give evidence against his own former officer. Arradondo fired Chauvin shortly after Floyd’s death.