‘Excited delirium’ emerges as key issue in trial of officers accused over George Floyd death

defense arguments have repeatedly focused on the condition termed excited delirium, and the training of police to respond to it, suggesting the officers were following procedure about restraining someone they thought was experiencing such a health syndrome.

The Minneapolis police department and the office of the city mayor, Jacob Frey, have said the city halted such training last year, after the American Medical Association (AMA) rejected the diagnosis of excited delirium.

The AMA, called it a “manifestation of systemic racism” that had been misapplied to justify excessive police force or

pharmacological interventions such as ketamine and “disproportionately cited in cases where Black men die in law enforcement custody”.


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