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In this image from video, Minneapolis Police Lt. Johnny Mercil, a use-of-force trainer, testifies Tuesday, April 6, in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. (Court TV via AP, pool)
In this image from video, Minneapolis Police Lt. Johnny Mercil, a use-of-force trainer, testifies Tuesday, April 6, in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. (Court TV via AP, pool)

Police official: Chauvin trained to avoid neck pressure

Minneapolis police are taught to restrain combative suspects with a knee on their back or shoulders if necessary but are told to “stay away from the neck when possible,” a department use-of-force instructor testified.

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