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Who is Barry Brodd?

A FORMER police officer and use-of-force expert took the stand in Derek Chauvin's murder trial on April 13th.

Barry Brodd defended Chauvin, who is accused of killing George Floyd during an arrest on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis.

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Who is Barry Brodd?

Barry Brodd is a former Santa Rosa, California, police officer and use-of-force expert who testified on behalf of Derek Chauvin during the murder trial.

Brodd argued that Chauvin was justified in pinning George Floyd to the ground because Floyd kept struggling,

Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes.

“It’s easy to sit and judge ... an officer’s conduct," Brodd testified.

“It’s more of a challenge to, again, put yourself in the officer’s shoes to try to make an evaluation through what they’re feeling, what they’re sensing, the fear they have, and then make a determination.”

A prosecutor grew incredulous when Brodd suggested Floyd was struggling because he wasn't “resting comfortably” on the pavement.

Brodd compared Floyd's death to a situation in which officers use a Taser on someone fighting with officers, and the suspect falls, hits his head and dies.

“That isn’t an incident of deadly force," he said.

"That’s an incident of an accidental death."

Minneapolis police officials, including the police chief, testified that Chauvin used excessive force and violated his training.

Additionally, medical experts called by prosecutors have said that Floyd died from a lack of oxygen because of the way he was restrained.

Brodd also testified that bystanders yelling at police to get off Floyd complicated the situation for Chauvin.

He also appeared to endorse what prosecution witnesses have said is a common misconception: that if someone can talk, he or she can breathe.

“I certainly don’t have medical degrees, but I was always trained and feel it’s a reasonable assumption that if somebody’s, ‘I’m choking, I’m choking,’ well, you’re not choking because you can breathe,” he said.

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