Trial over George Floyd's death: In what is being regarded as a 'devastating testimony', Minneapolis' longest-serving police officer, Lieutenant Richard Zimmerman, said in court that the use of force by former officer Derek Chauvin in the events that led to Floyd's death was "totally unnecessary".
On the fifth day of the trial over George Floyd's death, the longest-serving detective in the Minneapolis Police Department, Lieutenant Richard Zimmerman, testified that former police officer Derek Chauvin's use of force was "totally unnecessary", according to news agency AFP.
Chauvin faces multiples charges of second and third-degree murder and third-degree manslaughter, for the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, in Minnesota's Minneapolis on May 25 last year. Eyewitness reports, police body cam footage, and viral videos from the site all point to the fact that Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds, while the latter lay face down, handcuffed, on the street.
This resulted in George Floyd's death, medical examiners had concluded in two separate autopsies.
Derek Chauvin became the first white police officer in Minnesota to be charged with the death of a Black civilian.
His murder trial began on March 8, following intense 'Black Lives Matter' protests across the world in solidarity with the fundamental rights of the people of colour.