Trial testimony arguing Chauvin used excessive force is ‘convincing,’ expert says

ABC News’ Linsey Davis speaks with ABC News contributor and host for the Law & Crime Network Brian Buckmire about the Derek Chauvin trial testimony and arguments.
3:45 | 04/08/21

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Transcript for Trial testimony arguing Chauvin used excessive force is ‘convincing,’ expert says
And for more analysis of the trial we are joined again by ABC news contributor and host of the long crime network mr. Bryant but Breyer thanks so much for your time Bryant. But the State's witness LE PD use of force expert Sargent Jodi Steiger testified that from the evidence he's seen. George Floyd did not pose a threat to police officers and their children use deadly force when he didn't have to you how convincing where his arguments especially since he's not connected to the case. Overall was pretty convincing of course Erica Nelson kind of chipped away his credibility showing that he's not on Minnesota police officer. He's actually an outsider coming in from the Los Angeles police department. But when the prosecution put up as resonate and spoke about not only his conclusion that is excessive force. Also breaking it down time by time given they are the reason we got here force appropriate and this points it was excessive. I think I was very persuasive for the prosecution. And the defense brought up appointed showman and an elevated sense of risk when he arrived at the scene was act convincing to you. Not overall it makes sense that I think it was actually a powerful argument that the prosecution could not come back. The very fact that what you heard over the dispatchers radio that he needed to show up quickly. Does give officers all over the country are heightened sense of what they may see when they got there. When I watch a video game approaching the scene. He's very nonchalant. About it at the prosecution can pointed out that may come about how very strong argument by Eric Nelson. There's so of course fielding questions and on George Floyd's drugs used to defend suggests that he may have died from an overdose so let's listen again to this exchange in court today. Publishes. 1007. I'm gonna ask you sir listened to mr. Floyd's course. We're. Yeah. Did you hear this dude you're mr. Floyd's I ain't too many drugs he isn't. Yeah. But senior special agent James Firestone redress says afford may have said something else my home doing no drums. Forty or take away from this dispute. The very intelligent move by Eric Nelson the only thing I would have done as a defense attorney this same battle for the submission. And for the very reason as to what we saw. Prosecution wasn't able to adapt to Alter their argument. And now we have the witness saying that's not what. He's he said I ain't doing no drugs in it kind of makes sense because the sentence I'd hate to many drunks. Doesn't really fit into the vocabulary or the way that George Floyd speaks it makes more sense that he was saying as the prosecutors showed in the context of that video. I do when no trucks. And finally the question came up again today whether show when pressed Floyd's neck or shoulder blade and whether children had his entire weight on Floyd. What you think the evidence shows at this point and doesn't even matter when we see what looks like a man dying during those excruciating nine minutes and 29 seconds. It's slowly becoming of the fact that doesn't really matter because Eric Nelson. As any good defense attorney dead he's driving home the idea that they needed wasn't on the net. And the prosecution is pending and saying hey simply being on the ground capping body weight on the person whether either look back. For the next. Clinton leaves a doubt. And so they're broadening their argument making it harder for Nelson to pick got a part. And also certain focus on the tiny WT NT or EMS responders show up and non than nine minutes before that. I think the prosecution has a strong argument now for the duration of that time. Georgia was needed was on George what's. Brian McLaren was good to check in with you appreciate your time.

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