Some of this prejudice is hard wired, they actually believe this ****.
Anything prior to Floyd being put on the ground and under control isn't relevant. Anything after that is punishment - which isn't a police function.
Exactly, if Floyd was causing trouble once he was cuffed and in the back of the vehicle that should be the end of it.
What followed after that was gratuitous.
At the beginning of that ten minutes or so of time captured on video for all the world, we see that George Floyd was already handcuffed in the backseat of a police vehicle.
Let’s contemplate that for a second. For all the talk of him marauding about in Cup foods appearing high; for all the talk of him ingesting drugs at the time of arrest; for all the arguments about what is, and is not correct police procedure to handle an uncooperative arrestee...
They had already cuffed him and put him in the backseat of the vehicle.
One of the things the prosecution will doubtless point out in the days to come, and among the many things that the defense will have to provide a plausible excuse for, is that the police then drag the cuffed man out, push him to the concrete, and start doing... god knows what.
To our ignorant eyes, it sure appears that all four cops - especially Chauvin - are simply inflicting corporal punishment on Floyd. They appear to have no purpose but to cause him distress and physical pain.
The defense has an exceptionally weak case, IMHO. They have to make a credible argument that it was necessary to take a man already handcuffed and safely in the rear of their vehicle, out of the vehicle and grind him onto the pavement.
I say they won’t succeed in convincing 99.9999999999901 percent of people who hear their arguments.
What I’m afraid of is that one juror who in their heart would defend anything- anything - a policeman does, to whom any and all evidence is moot.
That’s whose hands the outcome of the trial will ultimately be in.
Who gives a **** what was said. That’s not important. He was arrested, cuffed and ready to go down the nick. That’s where he should have been going.
I can’t think of anything that he could have said that would warrant taking him out of the vehicle.
Prosecutors are showing chilling footage from the body camera worn by Officer Thomas Lane as he, Derek Chauvin and other Minneapolis Police officers confronted and tried to arrest George Floyd outside the Cup Foods in Minneapolis on May 25.
The footage was made available for limited viewing in July but will be new to most of the people watching the trial, including jurors.
It shows Mr. Floyd, sitting in the driver’s seat of a car, becoming visibly distraught as soon as officers approach him with weapons draw and repeatedly begging the officers not to shoot him. He sobs and screams in terror throughout much of the video, and at no point does he appear to pose any threat to the officers.
At the beginning of the video, while Mr. Floyd is in the driver’s seat, one officer curses at him while ordering him to keep his hands in sight — showing the immediate aggressiveness with which the police confronted him. As they order him to get out of the car, he appears to be scared that they will kill him if he moves; it is at this point that he starts saying, “Don’t shoot me.”
As the officers try to push Mr. Floyd into the back seat of a police vehicle, the footage shows him screaming and saying repeatedly that he is claustrophobic and scared.
Later, as Mr. Floyd begs for his life under Mr. Chauvin’s knee and says he can’t breathe, the former officer says, “Takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to say that.” The video also shows Mr. Chauvin reacting nonchalantly when another officer says he can’t find Mr. Floyd’s pulse.
The video was introduced during testimony by Lt. Jeff Rugel, a body camera expert. Lieutenant Rugel explained how the Minneapolis Police Department’s body cameras worked and verified the legitimacy of the footage from Officer Lane’s camera.