Sergeant David Pleoger spoke at Derek Chauvin’s trial yesterday and opposed his actions that led to the death of George Floyd.
The murder of George Floyd shocked the world. As a result, of the brutal act of kneeling on his neck for over eight minutes, many protested about inequality and police brutality.
A lot of protestors were concerned with the fact that it took days to arrest those who murdered the man, despite video evidence. Eventually, the policemen involved were arrested. They are now facing trials in court.
What are the charges?
The officers who were complicit in the murder are set to have trials for aiding and abetting charges in August. While Derek Chauvin is currently facing a more serious charge.
Chauvin was the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck, despite Floyd stating that he couldn’t breathe. As a result, Chauvin is facing a third-degree murder charge that could carry a forty-year prison sentence.
Many would deem this a fair charge given the evidence. Chauvin’s legal team had managed to reduce the charge to second-degree murder. However, the third-degree murder charge was reinstated after an outcry and a case presented by the prosecuting lawyers.
What has been said?
Sergeant David Pleoger arrived at the scene shortly after the body of Floyd had been removed by paramedics. The boss of Chauvin gave evidence to the court about what happened.
The sergeant explained how arrests should be conducted. The Guardian reported that Pleoger explained to the court that when restraining a suspect, an individual should be turned onto their side as quickly as possible to prevent “positional asphyxia.”
Sergeant Pleoger noted:
“If they [suspects] are left on chest or stomachs for too long, their breathing can be compromised.”
Pleoger went on to say:
“When Mr Floyd was no longer offering up any resistance to the officers they could have ended their restraint.”
The sergeant also detailed how the truth about the incident had been blurred. Pleoger noted that Chauvin had claimed that the suspect was acting “crazy.”
Furthermore, the sergeant claimed that Chauvin had not been transparent about the amount of force used and had underplayed the pressure he had applied for over eight minutes.
It is unusual for fellow police officers to be used in the prosecutions legal efforts. In fact, one of the officers who will testify is the chief of the Minneapolis police department, Medaria Arradondo, who fired Chauvin after Floyd’s death.
As a result of these statements, many will see this as a sign that Chauvin will be convicted of the charges against them.
However, Chauvin maintains his innocence despite the video evidence and statements of colleagues.
Many will hope that justice is served.
The trial is set to continue.
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