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A use-of-force expert called by Derek Chavin's defense team on Tuesday said the former Minneapolis police officer was "justified" in his actions when he knelt on George Floyd's neck last May.

The big picture: The testimony of Barry Brodd, a former police officer, comes after witnesses called by the prosecution argued the opposite.

  • Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo testified that Chauvin's actions "absolutely" violated department policies.

What he's saying: Brodd said the position in which Floyd was held — facedown while Chauvin pinned him to the ground — was safe, did not typically injure suspects and was an accepted way to control someone during an arrest.

  • "I felt that Derek Chauvin was justified, and was acting with objective reasonableness, following Minneapolis Police Department policy and current standards of law enforcement, in his interactions with Mr. Floyd," Brodd testified.
  • “Police officers don’t have to fight fair,” he said. “They’re allowed to overcome your resistance by going up a level.”
  • He said that keeping Floyd in a prone position while handcuffed did not constitute use of force.
  • Under cross-examination, however, Brodd said that if Floyd was in pain, it would qualify as use of force. Brodd added that while he heard Floyd say "my neck hurts," he didn't "necessarily note it."
  • After playing a video clip of Floyd saying, "my stomach hurt, my neck hurt, everything hurt, the prosecution asked if that would be an expression of pain. "It could, " Brodd responded.

Worth noting "In recent years, many police departments have trained officers to be alert to the risk of what's called 'positional asphyxia,' the possibility that prolonged restraint of a suspect in a prone position can be deadly," NPR writes.

Go deeper: Chauvin trial leaves cities, activists across America on edge

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Chauvin defense calls first witnesses as prosecution rests case

Protesters demand justice for George Floyd on April 9. Photo: Christopher Mark Juhn/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's lawyers called their first witnesses on Tuesday, as the prosecution rested its case in a murder trial expected to hold closing arguments as early next week.

The state of play: The prosecution called dozens of witnesses in the trial's first 11 days to testify that Floyd died from a lack of oxygen due to police restraint, and not from the use of drugs or a pre-existing heart condition. On Tuesday morning, the defense sought to make a case for the latter.

George Floyd's brother gives emotional testimony at Chauvin trial

Philonise Floyd, George Floyd's younger brother, gave an emotional testimony Monday about the role his brother played in his family and their community growing up.

The state of play: Philonise was the first member of Floyd's family to testify in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. His testimony lasted less than 10 minutes, and the defense chose not to cross-examine him.

Protests erupt after police shoot Black driver near Minneapolis

Protesters create a chalk circle that reads "Justice for Daunte Wright" in the street in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Police fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop near Minneapolis Sunday, sparking protests and unrest that lasted into the night.

Between the lines: The shooting in the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Center, in Hennepin County, has further heightened tensions between police and the local community as the trial continues of former police officer Derek Chauvin, over the death of George Floyd.