WATCH LIVE - Derek Chauvin trial: Prosecutors call MPD Medical Support Trainer Nicole Mackenzie

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The state called its 25th witness on Tuesday after a midday break. Officer Nicole Mackenzie is the Medical Support Coordinator for the Minneapolis Police Department. She works on first aid education while training recruits, cadets and current officers.

Morning testimony ended with Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) use of force training expert Lt. Johnny Mercil on the stand. Prosecutors showed Mercil a photo of Chauvin with his knee on Floyd. "Is this an MPD trained neck restraint?" he asked. "No, sir," Mercil responded.

But during cross examination, Mercil was pressed by Chauvin's attorney Eric Nelson, and admitted that while the technique Chauvin used was not a trained neck restraint, he may have been following the training of using body weight to gain control of a person.

Court opened Tuesday with prosecutors calling Minneapolis police Sgt. Ker Yang, the department's Crisis Intervention Training Coordinator. Yang is a law enforcement veteran who has worked his way up through MPD during a 24-year career. He is an expert in critical thinking models, and using them to teach crisis intervention techniques.



Chauvin faces three charges, second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder in the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in May 2020.

WARNING: Some of the images depicted in the video and testimony are graphic.

Have questions about the trial for KARE 11 reporter Lou Raguse? Ask them at @LouRaguse on Twitter, or Text TRIAL to 763-797-7215.

Here are the latest case updates for former Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao and Thomas Lane, charged in the death of George Floyd:

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