Lt. Richard Zimmerman, head of the Minneapolis Police's homicide unit, said the use of force by former officer Derek Chauvin against George Floyd was “totally unnecessary.”
“Pulling him down to the ground face down, and putting your knee on a neck for that amount of time is just uncalled for. I saw no reason why the officers felt they were in danger — if that's what they felt — and that's what they would have to feel to be able to use that kind of force,” Zimmerman said.
Chauvin knelt on Floyd for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, prosecutors said Monday.
Zimmerman said the restraint should have “absolutely” stopped once Floyd was handcuffed and on the ground.