"I did not perceive them as being a threat," Sgt Jody Stiger on the people gathering near Derek Chauvin and the other officers. When asked why, he said because they were just filming and most of their comments were concern for Mr. Floyd. Stiger is a prosecution expert witness.
LAPD Sergeant Jody Stiger, a use-of-force expert, testified that the majority of Chauvin's weight "would be on his knees" while on top of George Floyd. He also revealed that Chauvin was pushing down intentionally, and used a painful technique on Floyd's hand. #DerekChauvinTrial
Nelson just played a portion of the body camera video and asked "does it sound like he said 'I ate too many drugs?'"
Stiger said he couldn't make it out. Here I clipped that part of the video.
Jody Stiger, a use of force consultant for the LAPD, testifies that George Floyd's alleged use of a counterfeit $20 bill was a lower-level offense that would justify lesser force
"Typically, you wouldn't even expect to use any type of force" with a counterfeit suspect, he says
Sgt. Jody Stiger, a use-of-force expert with the LAPD, says police officers could've taken other measures with George Floyd — including simply talking to him. Stiger's testimony continues today.
“My opinion was that the force was excessive." That was the verdict of Jody Stiger, a sergeant with the LAPD who has trained close to 3,000 police officers in use-of-force tactics, on Derek Chauvin’s actions during the arrest of George Floyd. https://t.co/5jdvDqmNBs
Noteworthy: Prosecution spent ~30 minutes on direct questioning of their paid use-of-force expert Stiger.
Defense already spent an hour on cross, only stopped for morning break. More cross to come.
Stiger may as well be a defense witness at this point, no matter who paid him.
Sgt Jody Stiger, police use-of-force expert testified no force should have been used once George Floyd was handcuffed and prone on the ground because he wasn’t actively resisting.
Nelson plays the video and asks Stiger if he understood what George Floyd.
Says, does it sound like he said "I ate too many drugs."
Stiger says he can't make it out. #DerekChauvinTrial
LAPD Sergeant Jody Stiger testifies as a training and use-of-force expert for the prosecution: "My opinion is that no force should have been used" once George Floyd was handcuffed and in the prone position because "at the time of the restraint period Mr. Floyd was not resisting."
LAPD Sergeant Jody Stiger testified he did not perceive the crowd of onlookers during George Floyd's arrest to be a threat "because they were merely filming, and most of it was their concern for Mr. Floyd."
LAPD Sergeant Jody Stiger said crowds can be distracting, but said he did not believe the crowd in this case distracted former officer Chauvin from being attentive to George Floyd because Chauvin was responding to Floyd's expressions of "discomfort and pain."
I think Sgt. Jody Stiger's career as a professional expert witness is going to be quite short
The prosecution is paying him, but he might as well be a defense witness
On Chauvin trial/Sgt. Stiger testimony, @shaqbrewster
: "This was one of the first expert witnesses not from the Minneapolis Police Department after we had several days of actual police officers coming and testifying. According to the pool reports..." (1/2) #AMRstaff
LAPD Sgt. Jody Stiger said "no force" should have been used against Floyd after he was handcuffed and in the prone position. https://t.co/PMgsSevfP4
LAPD Sgt. Jody Stiger said "no force" should have been used against Floyd after he was handcuffed and in the prone position. https://t.co/crazhaDkKF
Nelson notes that officers did not use the Hobble device on Floyd. Then asks..."So officers making a decision not to increase the level of force can be viewed as a de-escalation technique?"
Stiger: Yes. #DerekChauvinTrial
#DerekChauvinTrial State’s use-of-force expert LAPD Sgt. Jody Stiger testifies that Chauvin’s restraint of George Floyd did not change for 9 min & 29 sec: his left knee on Floyd’s neck & his right knee on Floyd’s back. Chauvin also used a “pain compliance” method on Floyd’s hand
Nelson notes that not everybody was walking around with video cameras when Stiger first became a cop; Stiger notes that after Rodney King's beating in LA, there were people with cameras way back then. On a 20-minute break now.
Nelson: Correct me if I'm wrong, do you participate in a training or present a training...called awful but lawful or unlawful but awful something like that?
N: So you would agree, the general concept is sometimes force, it looks really bad.
S: Right. #ChauvinTrial https://t.co/Z93fIfeOwU
LISTEN: “I ate too many drugs” ….?
Nelson playing body cam asserting that is what #GeorgeFloyd said while on the ground.
Stiger responds that he canNOT make it out…
Nelson concludes, “In chaos things can be missed correct?” yes
@courttv #GeorgeFloyd #DerekChauvinTrial https://t.co/lNmXrgft1t
Use of force expert LAPD Sgt. Jody Stiger testified that “no force” should have been used against Floyd after he was handcuffed and in the prone position.
#DerekChauvinTrial - WHAT DO YOU THINK? Nelson played this portion of Kueng's body cam footage and asked Stiger if he can hear #GeorgeFloyd say, "I ate too many drugs." @LawCrimeNetwork https://t.co/RTwsiJtiHL
Nelson asks Sgt. Stiger whether the bystanders became "more excited" as time went on. Stiger says "they became more concerned."
Chauvin's attorney asks if their voices grew louder & the "intensity" of the crowd increased. "Yes, they became more concerned," Stiger says.
Bahahahaaaaa....love how Sergeant Jody Stiger essentially corrected Eric Nelson by saying the crowd was becoming more CONCERNED each time Nelson tried to paint the crowd as threatening
#DerekChauvin #DerekChauvinTrial #GeorgeFloyd
Nelson, “Simply because a person is not fighting with you ... that doesn’t mean you can’t use some sort of force to control me ..”
Stiger responds, “It depends on the circumstances”
“He was in the prone position, he was handcuffed, he was not attempting to evade, he was not attempting to resist, and the pressure that was being caused by the bodyweight could cause positional asphyxia which could cause death”- Sgt. Stiger, a paid expert https://t.co/dygdxveZkt
Nelson, “The mere fact that force is being applied, it’s not second by second, we have to look at it in a longer context.. “
Stiger says “Yes but you’re constantly reassessing during that time frame”
Court back in session, Nelson asking Stiger about bystanders beginning to congregate, asking if some got more excited, voices grew louder and began name-calling. He says intensity of the crowd increased.
Stiger says, "Yes. They became more concerned."