Los Angeles Police Sgt. Jody Stiger, the prosecution’s use-of-force expert, testified Tuesday that the force Chauvin exerted on Floyd was “excessive.”
Stiger, an aide to the Los Angeles Police Department’s inspector general and an officer with the department since 1993, said it is not typical for an officer to use “any type of force” in response to an incident involving a counterfeit bill. After reviewing all of the police body-camera footage, bystander videos, training manuals, and department policies and procedures related to the case, Stiger said, he concluded that the officers “should’ve de-escalated the situation” but instead continued to use force against Floyd.
Stiger testified that he has conducted about 2,500 use-of-force reviews in his career and trained close to 3,000 officers in use-of-force tactics.
In this case, Stiger said, the force was excessive once Floyd was put on the ground and no longer resisting. He said he saw Floyd exhibit “aggressive behavior” only once during the struggle, when Floyd kicked one of the officers grabbing him.
“Initially, when Mr. Floyd was being placed in the back seat of a vehicle, he was actively resisting the officers,” Stiger said. “However, once he was placed in the prone position on the ground, he slowly ceased resistance.”