Police expert: Force used on Floyd was “excessive”

Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant serving as a prosecution use-of-force expert, testified in Derek Chauvin trial on Tuesday. Stiger said that after reviewing the video of the arrest, he felt "the force was excessive.” (Apr. 6)

Video Transcript

STEVE SCHLEICHER: What is your opinion as to the degree of force used by the defendant on Mr. Floyd on the date in question?

JODY STIGER: My opinion was that the force was excessive.

STEVE SCHLEICHER: And were you able to make any kind of assessment in this case as to whether or not Mr. Floyd was offering resistance or trying to evade law enforcement officers?

JODY STIGER: Yes.

STEVE SCHLEICHER: And what was your assessment?

JODY STIGER: Initially, when Mr. Floyd was being placed in the backseat of the vehicle, he was actively resisting the officers. So at that point, the officers were justified in utilizing force to try to have him comply with their commands and to seat him in the backseat of the vehicle. However, once he was placed in the prone position on the ground, he slowly ceases resistance. And at that point, the officers-- ex-officers, I should say-- they should have slowed down or stopped their force as well.