Chauvin's supervisor: No reason to keep knee on neck

"When Mr. Floyd was no longer offering up any resistance to the officers, they could have ended their restraint," retired Minneapolis Police Sergeant David Pleoger said.

Chauvin told Pleoger during a brief phone conversation that George Floyd was combative during the deadly incident, according to a recording of the phone call played during Chauvin's murder trial.

"We just had to hold a guy down who was going crazy on the back of the passenger floor," Chauvin was heard saying to Pleoger, who testified on Thursday.

Pleoger also acknowledged receiving a phone call from a 911 dispatcher expressing concern about the use of force after observing the police officers on a surveillance camera.

Lawyers for Chauvin, 45, said he followed his police training and is not guilty of the charges brought by the Minnesota Attorney General's Office of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Multiple videos showed Chauvin, a White police officer pressing his knee into the neck of George Floyd, a 46-year-old handcuffed Black man as he pled for his life. The footage sparked worldwide protests against police brutality against Black people.