Prosecutors want Chauvin’s 2017 arrest of teen in Floyd death trial
MINNEAPOLIS – Prosecutors in the upcoming trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd want to introduce evidence of a 2017 arrest in which they say the officer held his knee on the back of a 14-year-old boy and ignored his pleas that he couldn’t breathe.
Prosecutors say body camera video that captured the boy’s arrest shows that Derek Chauvin uses unreasonable force when dealing with a suspect who doesn’t immediate comply with his orders.
Chauvin’s attorney argues that the force used was in keeping a former department policy.
Floyd died in May after Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for several minutes while Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.