MMA Fighter Claims Derek Chauvin Used ‘Blood Choke’ on George Floyd

This May 31, 2020 photo provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff shows Derek Chauvin, who was arrested Friday, May 29, in the Memorial Day death of George Floyd. Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after a shocking video of him kneeling for several minutes on the neck …
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An MMA fighter who also witnessed the death of George Floyd testified that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin used a “blood choke” on Floyd.

Donald Williams, 33, followed his testimony by referring to the choke as “torture.”

Williams described the move in court testimony on Monday:

Williams has a 6-6 record as an MMA fighter.

Williams’ explanation coincides with what former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones said about the choke Chauvin used on Floyd.

“I wouldn’t wish the way George Floyd was murdered on my worst enemy,” Jones said. “That officer applied just enough pressure to keep him alive for almost six minutes in that chokehold.

“In all my years of fighting, I can honestly say I’ve never experienced anything close to that level of torture.”

Chauvin is facing second-degree murder charges.


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