As a child, I was taught to respect authority figures. As it was explained to me, clergy, teachers, police officers and others help shape and maintain a just society.

To this day, I still have a profound respect and appreciation for the 99% of law enforcement officers who literally put their lives on the line every day to keep the rest of us safe.

But then there is that 9 minute 29 second video of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of the handcuffed George Floyd. It is heartbreaking to realize that the officer stayed in that position -- trapping a subdued suspect -- for several minutes after the prone man had stopped breathing. Chauvin ignored onlookers' pleas for him to stop. He refused to move even as paramedics tried to take Floyd's pulse and announced there wasn't one. Chauvin stayed still until emergency personnel insisted they needed to move the body onto a stretcher. Three other Minneapolis police officers stood watch but did not, or could not, convince their more senior officer to let up on the man suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill.

Human beings are fallible, and some are afflicted with an arrogant desire to dominate others. Police officers are not immune. After Floyd resisted attempts to load him into a police car, was it the need to dominate that motivated Chauvin? Or did the stress of being on the job for 19 years and the anxiety of yet another stressful situation momentarily cloud Chauvin's judgment?

There is much riding on the motivation question. Following Floyd's death last Memorial Day, worldwide demonstrations erupted condemning police brutality. Now the world is watching the outcome of Chauvin's trial, and those who protested are expecting a guilty verdict. If it doesn't come, we should steel ourselves for another round of mass street protests. Some could turn violent.

A multiracial jury of nine women and five men has been empaneled to decide whether Chauvin is guilty of manslaughter or murder. Many are wondering how the jury could fail to convict the videotaped officer who looked so detached while the man beneath his knee repeatedly begged for mercy saying, "I can't breathe!" and "I'm about to die." And two autopsies concluded Floyd's cause of death was "homicide."

But, as the defense explained during opening statements, George Floyd had a history of opioid addiction and tried to hide drugs he was holding that day by quickly swallowing them during the arrest. The medical examiner found a hefty dose of fentanyl in Floyd's system and traces of recent methamphetamine use, and noted he suffered from hypertension, heart disease and at least one artery that was "approximately 75% blocked." Floyd also tested positive for COVID-19. He was hardly a healthy man.

And, the judge approved a defense request to show "dramatic video" from 2019 with "incredible" similarities during a previous Floyd arrest. It reportedly shows Floyd resisting officers, swallowing pills during the arrest and becoming so agitated that paramedics ordered hospitalization because, according to The Washington Post, "his blood pressure was so high that he was at risk for a stroke or heart attack."

Facts like these could sway a jury to choose the lesser murder charge or even vote for acquittal.

The history of manslaughter/murder charges against cops is clear. Juries most frequently give the benefit of the doubt to the person who wore a badge. Since 2005, 121 officers have been arrested on manslaughter or murder charges following on-duty killings. Of the 95 cases that have wound their way through the justice system, just 44 officers have been convicted.

"Sometimes the use of police force -- it looks really bad," Chauvin's attorney, Eric Nelson, said in court the other day. And with citizen cellphone cameras everywhere, the public often gets to see it. But, Nelson noted, force is necessary because cornered suspects frequently fight back and hurt officers and can escape into the community.

This case should in no way tarnish the 99% of selfless law enforcement officers. As for Chauvin, it is up to this jury -- after listening to all the evidence -- to decide who was at fault that day: a suspect who fought back during arrest or a seemingly uncaring officer who failed to see a citizen on the brink of death.

2021, Creators.com

(34) comments

sherrihost

Chauvin trial should have never been held in that city. all jurors were afraid of rioting in their city so they made sure he was found guilty.

DeftCurmudgeon

‘I Didn’t Want to Go Through the Rioting’: Juror in Chauvin Trial Makes Stunning Admission over ‘Guilty’ Verdict...

Imagine that.

DeftCurmudgeon

"There will be no justice in America until the killer of Ashli Babbitt gets the same treatment as Derek Chauvin."

Nope.

LVW

They are very different cases.

DeftCurmudgeon

Indeed, in Babbitt's case it was quite obviously the murder of a female vet by a coward cop and not the drug overdose of a career criminal.

LVW

And Babbitt's case was a split-second decision, while Floyd's was a slow, torturous ordeal. All they have in common is neither should have happened the way it did.

newshound

Do you think the state of Minnesota was aware that the police officer of the town of Stanley was murdered a few months ago???

DeftCurmudgeon

Start your rioting and looting early - avoid the rush.

Do it for Floyd.

Sane Man

LVW stated, "I'm not sure what, but Chauvin is definitely guilty of something." What a ridiculously presumptive and inane statement. You saw a video. Did you participate as a juror? Do you know facts the rest of us are unaware of? What do you know about police procedure? What happened to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty by a jury of your peers? Like many other people that have no concept of legal proceedings, you have prejudged Chauvin. You have no facts or assumptions other than what you have heard or seen from a biased media. Put on a uniform and run toward danger while others are running away. Fight drugged thugs on a daily basis and try not to ever use what is deemed to be "excessive force" by those on the sidelines. I am not judging the actions of Chauvin because I am not privy to all the facts. It infuriates me when people make uninformed predeterminations in legal cases absent all facts. Chauvin is charged with three offenses. He will be deemed guilty or not guilty on each charge. Then it's over. No he is "definitely guilty of something" argument.

"The second-degree unintentional murder charge alleges Chauvin caused Floyd's death "without intent" while committing or attempting to commit felony third-degree assault. In turn, third-degree assault is defined as the intentional infliction of substantial bodily harm.

The third-degree murder charge alleges Chauvin caused Floyd's death by "perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life."

The second-degree manslaughter charge alleges Chauvin caused Floyd's death by "culpable negligence whereby the person creates an unreasonable risk, and consciously takes chances of causing death or great bodily harm."

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/19/us/derek-chauvin-charges-explain/index.html

Let's consider one common denominator in all the recent white cop on black person killings that I can think of. There may be exceptions. All the victims resisted arrest. Had they all complied with the police orders they would be alive right now. Resisting arrest puts everyone involved in danger of injury and/or death. Let's make resisting arrest a felony with a minimum 20 year sentence. There is a concept of law called "contributory negligence." This must be considered in all cases when a perpetrator resists arrest.

freeride

Sane Man you are absolutely right about the common denominator in these incidents being resisting arrest.....there should be a severe penalty for doing so. It is impossible to understand the everyday hardships, mental anguish, and possibility of dying just trying to do your job. The defund the police movement is reckless and ignorant and is being pushed for political reasons not for the good of American citizens!

billnonymous

That is typical LVW, he is a liberal and liberals have been brainwashed by their own to believe white cops are always guilty, no matter what. No jury, trial or judge is needed, he insists Chauvin be guilty of something (though, as you noted, he admits he has no idea as to what.) Much like bat manure crazy Mad Maxine Waters, it doesn’t matter, they both deem Chauvin guilty and no other outcome is allowed, especially by a jury hearing evidence. Conversely, LVW has excused Lt. Michael Leroy Byrd, a black Capitol police officer who is on videotape literally shooting an unarmed woman, Ashley Babbitt, to death in front of other police officers. *THAT* is perfectly ok to LVW. He approves of the black police officer who shot and killed Babbitt not being charged, though he obviously caused unarmed Babbitt’s death. He does not believe Byrd should be charged at all, but Chauvin is already guilty. Classic liberal mindset.

LVW

You're just making stuff up again.

LVW

Sane Man and billy just love the ad hominem stuff. The verdicts are in.

LVW

Apparently the jury agreed.

billnonymous

That dumb clown Mad Maxine just set up the defense to win either way. If Chauvin is found not guilty, he walks. If he is found guilty, the case will be declared a mistrial on appeal based on that Maxine's indirect threats to the jury that if they don't come back with a guilty verdict that there will be a price to pay for it. The presiding judge agreed that a mistrial could be declared based solely on what Mad Maxine said. She is as dumb as a box of rocks but she greatly helped Chauvin's chances at walking one way or the other. If a Republican said something that inflammatory, they'd have been censured and removed from Congress already, but it's a Democ

billnonymous

it's a Democrat, so she'll get a certificate of merit from her own, praising her for her stoking the flames of hate and inciting rioting and violence. This is what they want, Americans hating each other, cities burned, cops and innocent civilians attacked.

Democrats are sick people, vile, evil, hateful, people who are bent on ripping this country apart.

prodigalson

Great comment billy. I agree with you.

billnonymous

Oxygen level in Floyd's lungs: 98%. Chauvin should be found not guilty, despite the jury members being threatened by radical liberals, leftist hate groups like BLM, and a sitting House member, (bat manure crazy Mad Maxine Waters), who have all made it clear that only a guilty verdict will be acceptable or they will burn the city to the ground, evidence be damned. Crazy Maxine demanded "more confrontation" and, within hours, National Guard members are shot at. Pelosi says Mad Maxine's comments weren't inflammatory at all. Trump called for "peaceful protest" and Pelosi said that was impeachable. I feel sorry for the innocent people of Minnesota who are about to have their lives threatened and businesses demolished by hate filled scum who are currently making out their looting lists.

Donald

Based on the evidence, Mr. Chauvin should be acquitted on all counts. But, will he? How courageous must even one juror be to vote “not guilty” knowing that the mild celebratory rioting that would follow a “guilty” verdict would be nothing to the rioting that will follow a “not guilty” verdict? How courageous must even one juror be knowing that a lynch mob is surrounding the courthouse and is held back only by concertina wire and National Guard troops, and that lynch mobs will be after the juror(s) and his or her family for who knows how long? It boils down to what will prevail – due process and the rule of law, or the Mob? We shall soon see.

Donald

And we now have the answer. And so it goes.

freeride

This was not a trial by your peers this was a trial by a bunch of jurors afraid to give the wrong vote for fear for their lives! There is no humanly way possible any of them were not aware of what would happen if they voted to acquit. The mob and a bunch of scared jurors, lawyers, witnesses, etc. all sentenced a police officer to probably many years behind bars for trying to do the right thing....arrest a criminal. The autopsy report clearly stated Floyds death was not a result of Chauvin's knee on his neck and shoulder and that there was no evidence of bruising, windpipe being crushed, nothing that would indicate Floyds airway was obstructed. If the weight of all the officers holding Floyd down was the reason he couldn't breathe then why are they trying to basically blame one man? The police were, imo, trying to do their job and over re-acted possibly because of an angry crowd or for some, lack of experience, but this was in no way murder.

LVW

I'm not sure what, but Chauvin is definitely guilty of something. Murder seems like a stretch. It's not like he woke up that day planning on killing someone.

freeride

I think this was a sad situation for both Floyd and Chauvin. A habitual drug user caught up in his own addiction and involved in criminal activity for years and a police officer, who for 19 years saw mostly the worst in people he had to police. Maybe Chauvin's seeming callousness was a product of dealing with this type of criminal too often and always hearing the same excuses and attempts by the drug users to find ways out of their crimes. I believe Floyds health attributed more than anything to his death and I don't think Chauvin had any intention of hurting or killing him, he was simply doing what he thought the situation called for at that moment....excessive in this incident, probably, but dealing with drug addicts can be extremely dangerous and I have seen video of how crazy they can become when cornered. Police deal with all kinds of crazy people daily and (especially after many years on the job) learn not to take any unnecessary chances with any of them. Its easy to point fingers and lay blame when all you see is a few minutes of video and have no idea what it's like to actually be the policeman trying to enforce the law.

prodigalson

Excellent post freeride. I agree with you.

freeride

Thanks prod!

bishopsboy

Excellent posts, both LVW and freeride.

freeride

Thanks bishopsboy!

prodigalson

LVW, I do declare, every time I think there is no hope for you, and that you are headed for eternal damnation in the hot place with Santa forever and ever, you go and post something sensible.

bishopsboy

Prince Prodigal, I'm slowly coming to see LVW as a principled Democrat, not the typical run of the mill modern kooky one lusting after all things socialist/fascist. While I'm certain he has some shortcomings, overall, I think he's probably a decent guy who would be fun to sit down and have a beer with.

prodigalson

Well, I take your point, but let's not get carried away there bishop. After all, there is no such thing as a "principled Demokkkrat". I think what's really going on is that LVW is slowly coming to the conclusion that he has been serving Santa all of these years with his support of the Demokkkrat party, and that the Demokkkrat party is pure evil. His ego won't yet allow him to admit that, of course, but God is still working on him. Let's continue to keep him in our prayers. As for "having a beer with LVW", well, there is still a lot of liberal mumbo jumbo floating around in that fertile brain of his, and so I'm guessing he would be more comfortable with a latte from Starbucks.

Sane Man

Don't be fooled by the words spoken by a fork-tongued liberal. I have never seen a liberal turn conservative. He is only trying to seem moderate in a primarily conservative forum. To think otherwise is foolish.

LVW

Sane Man: Give the trolling a rest, will you? I simply write my opinions; I'm not trying to "seem" like anything.

posumcop

Apparently...according to the jury...Chauvin was guilty of killing the same man three times.

bishopsboy

Yeah, I didn't understand that part.

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