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Derek Chauvin trial live: Defense witness says Chauvin's use of force against George Floyd was 'justified'; Prosecution rests

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MINNEAPOLIS — The prosecution rested it case Tuesday and the defense began calling its witnesses to the stand in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged in George Floyd’s death.

Former police officer and defense use-of-force expert Barry Brodd, who trained officers for 35 years, told jurors Chauvin was “justified” in his use of force – the first witness to make the statement.

“I felt that Officer Chauvin’s interactions with Mr. Floyd were following his training, following current practices in policing, and objectively reasonable,” Brodd said.

Several Minneapolis police officers, including the police chief, along with local police trainers and national use-of-force experts, previously testified that Chauvin’s actions were not justified.

Where the trial stands: Over the course of 11 days, prosecutors called 38 witnesses to the stand and played dozens of bystander, surveillance and police body-cam videos in a bid to prove Floyd died due to Chauvin’s knee on his neck for more than nine minutes. 



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