As protests over the killing of George Floyd continue in the U.S. and abroad, one indelible image is that of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck.
The specific tactic used by Chauvin has been widely denounced, including by police training experts here and in other states. But according to analysis from NBC News, the Minneapolis Police Department has relied on some form of neck restraint at least 237 times in the past five years. In 44 of those instances, the people being restrained lost consciousness.
For more on the data, MPR News host Cathy Wurzer talked with Emily Siegel, an associate producer with the NBC News Investigative Unit.
Your support matters.
You make MPR News possible. Individual donations are behind the clarity in coverage from our reporters across the state, stories that connect us, and conversations that provide perspectives. Help ensure MPR remains a resource that brings Minnesotans together.