Louisiana cop put on leave for calling George Floyd’s death ‘result of poor technique’ and ‘not murder’  – The Sun

Louisiana cop put on leave for calling George Floyd’s death ‘result of poor technique’ and ‘not murder’  – The Sun

May 29, 2020

A POLICE officer who called George Floyd’s death “a common mistake” has been placed on leave.

Louisiana cop Brent Mason caused outrage by making the unfounded claim that Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis was due to “toxics [sic] in his blood”.

“I have been training police for over 12 years now and with more than 25 years of service… this is a common mistake and poor technique often made by police officers,” Mason posted Wednesday on Facebook.

“The knee is not supposed to go across the nape of the neck. Most common when the suspect is assisting by bucking or bridging. The knee had to [be] angled across the shoulder blades during handcuffing.

“This was a mistake or misstep not an act of murder. Normally this mistake does not result in death,” Mason added.

Giving a baseless theory about why Floyd, 46, died on Monday following his arrest, which was captured in harrowing cellphone footage, Mason speculated:

“The cause of death will be more likely to be positional asphyxia or excited delirium. This individual more than likely had health conditions and toxics in his blood (no report yet).”

As protests broke out across the US in response to Floyd’s death, Mason claimed it was too harsh that the four Minneapolis Police officers involved in Floyd’s arrest had been fired.

“I feel that Minneapolis Police Department jumped the gun by arresting and firing the 4 officers … where is the innocent until proven guilty!!?? Minnesota??”

Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond condemned Mason’s post in a Thursday press conference.

"When I was sent a copy of the post yesterday evening, I immediately reached out to the officer and had him redact the post, which he has done," Raymond said.

He confirmed Mason had been placed on administrative leave while an investigation is carried out to determine if he breached the Shreveport Police Department’s social media policy.

He added that the Shreveport Police Department does not share Mason’s views.

“I was an instructor at our police academy and taught use of force and defensive tactics … I've never been taught, nor do I believe, that placing the knee on the back of somebody's neck for an extended period of time is an acceptable or justifiable use of force, except in instance of deadly force.”

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