Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin went beyond protocol when restraining George Floyd last summer, according to his former supervisor.
"When Mr. Floyd was no longer offering up any resistance to the officers, they could have ended the restraint," said retired police Sgt. David Pleoger.
Pleoger also discussed a phone call with Chauvin during the arrest where the latter told him Floyd "was going crazy."
In addition, he said he had received a call from dispatcher Jena Scurry, who was concerned about excessive use of force in the situation. Scurry testified earlier that the level of force seemed "wrong" at the time.
Floyd's autopsy noted he had lethal doses of both fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system at the time of the arrest. Floyd's girlfriend testified earlier this week that he had suffered from drug addiction and that he was with his drug dealer at the time he was arrested.
Body camera footage showed an erratic Floyd resisting multiple attempts by Chauvin and other officers to put him inside a police cruiser.
Chauvin then knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes – an act that sparked outrage and riots across the United States last summer.
The officer is facing murder and manslaughter charges for the incident.