"You use the force necessary to overcome the resistance," says law enforcement expert Bruce Thomas.
Law enforcement has devised rules officers use to defuse a situation when there are aggressive or dangerous people. They can be non-lethal or lethal.
Thomas says, "You have a suspect who's in handcuffs. It's done, it's over with. You put them in the back of a patrol car."
With George Floyd, it is known as the carotid restraint technique.
Many are asking was nearly nine minutes necessary?
Sheriff Alex Villanueva says this has never been taught in the sheriff's department.
"In fact, our force options chart precludes the use of anything that touches the neck unless you're in a life and death struggle, which was not the case here, clearly" says Villanueva.
Statistics from the LAPD show in that department, the number of use of force incidents has been steadily going up. There were 1,924 back in 2015, and up to 2,373 last year. That includes both "categorical" use of force, which results in death or hospitalization, and "non-categorical" which results in injury or complaint of injury.
Also, while black Angelenos make up about 9% of city residents, they make up about 36% of use-of-force suspects.
The carotid restraint technique is banned in some departments, including San Diego.
Officials are now reviewing techniques and no doubt there will be big changes across the country.
Grace Manthey contributed to this report.
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