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Veteran police lieutenant testifies on fifth day of Chauvin murder trial, calling his knee restraint ‘totally unnecessary’

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The murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin adjourned for the weekend on Friday morning following additional witness testimony.

Floyd, a Black man, died in police custody on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin pinned his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.

Veteran Minneapolis police lieutenant Richard Zimmerman testified that it was “totally unnecessary” for Derek Chauvin to put his knee on a handcuffed George Floyd’s neck during his arrest last May.

On Thursday, George Floyd’s girlfriend, Courteney Ross, offered an emotional testimony on the couple’s past struggles with drug addiction.

Chauvin’s former supervisor testified Thursday that the ex-cop should have stopped using force after Floyd was handcuffed on the ground.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The trial resumes on Monday.

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