Expert: Chauvin did not take actions of ‘reasonable officer’
Derek Chauvin mugshot
By AMY FORLITI, STEVE KARNOWSKI and TAMMY WEBBER Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors’ case against former Officer Derek Chauvin drew toward a close Monday with tender memories from George Floyd’s younger brother and testimony from a police use-of-force expert who said no “reasonable” officer would have done what Chauvin did. Seth Stoughton is a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law. He judged Chauvin’s actions against what a reasonable officer in the same situation would have done, and repeatedly found that Chauvin did not meet that test. He said that includes holding Floyd facedown with a knee across his neck for up to 9 minutes, 29 seconds. Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s younger brother, tearfully recalled Floyd’s life.