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Training officer testifies Chauvin was taught to avoid putting pressure on a suspect’s neck

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Lt. Johnny Mercil, the Minneapolis Police Department’s use-of-force instructor, testified on Tuesday at former Officer Derek Chauvin’s trial that when officers are taught ways to restrain aggressive suspects, they are shown how to place their knee on a back or shoulder and told to “stay away from the neck when possible.”

Chauvin, 45, is facing murder and manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed Black man who died on May 25, 2020, while being arrested in Minneapolis on suspicion of using a fake $20 bill. A bystander recorded Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, and Floyd is heard in the video saying he cannot breathe. Chauvin’s defense attorney, Eric Nelson, has argued in court that Chauvin was doing “exactly what he had been trained to do over his 19-year career.”

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