ST. Paul, Minnesota (AP) – An expert on the use of force on Monday testified against three former Minneapolis police officers accused of violating the civil rights of George Floyd, saying their behavior was “inconsistent” with generally accepted police practice.
Tim Long, chief of police at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, said he watched videos, Minneapolis Police Department police, training materials and other items to assess J.’s behavior. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Tao.
The officers are accused of violating Floyd’s constitutional rights by acting under the leadership of the government. All three are accused of depriving Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, of medical care while he was handcuffed face down when Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knees to Floyd’s neck for 9 and a half minutes. Queng, who is Black, knelt on Floyd’s back; The alley, which is white, raised its legs; and Tao, who is an American Hmong, restrained passers-by.
Kueng and Tao are also accused of failing to intervene to stop the May 25, 2020 murder, which sparked protests around the world and a review of racism and police.
The indictment alleges that the actions of the officers led to Floyd’s death.
Longa said the “duty of an officer to take care of” people in custody is “absolute” because they are restrained and unable to take care of themselves. He also said the officer is required to take “confirmatory steps” to prevent other officers from using excessive force.