Since the killing of George Floyd in late May, the country has exploded into a fireball of mob violence and social justice induced cancel culture. We were told that the death of George Floyd was a premeditated racist killing that was just one in a long line of brutal police killings of black people and therefore warranted the violent outcry it has received.
On the surface, given the only video made public to this point, it did in fact appear to be an unjustified killing. The officer, Derek Chauvin, is seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. In that regard, the incident was completely unjustifiable. But until now, we hadn’t seen the recorded minutes leading up to Chauvin’s actions.
Now a new video consisting of police bodycam footage has been released that complicates the story. It shows that, contrary to what many initially insisted, George Floyd was in fact clearly intoxicated and resisting arrest. That is a strike at the heart of the Black Lives Matter and media narrative that the officers brutally murdered George Floyd simply because he was black. At no point in the video are any racial epitaphs hurled at Mr. Floyd, nor was he needlessly restrained by the police officers without justification. Floyd was resisting arrest and their use of force was justified.
The new video revealed four new revelations as observed by Matt Walsh at the Daily Wire: “1. George Floyd was not fully cooperative and clearly intoxicated. 2. The officers were calm and reasonable for most of the interaction. 3. George Floyd claimed that he couldn’t breathe and was going to die well before he had a knee on his neck. 4. The officers never did or said a single thing that any reasonable person could construe as racist.”
Even given the new video, it is still hard to imagine that Officer Chauvin was required to knee the neck of Mr. Floyd for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. However, the danger is, and has been all along, that the four officers were overcharged.
The Walls Street Journal reported, “Former officer Derek Chauvin, who was captured on video May 25 holding his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for around eight minutes, is charged with second-degree murder. The three other former officers who arrested Mr. Floyd are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.”
Given the new revelations, the case against the officers is not as open-and-shut as it initially seemed. Especially for the other three officers charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. Those three appeared to be calm and following basic police protocol while trying to arrest an intoxicated man who was resisting arrest.
The picture is murkier with regards to Derek Chauvin. It is not clear why he felt it was necessary to use excessive force while trying to subdue George Floyd. Second-degree murder doesn’t require premeditation, but it does require that prosecutors provide evidence that proves without a shadow of a doubt that the person being tried knew when he started the action that he was going to kill the victim. That is going to be harder to prove given the facts that are currently known.
All hell will break loose in the country if any of the officers are acquitted. That is why it was an unwise move by the Minnesota Attorney General to charge second-degree murder instead of third-degree or manslaughter. The burden of proof is much higher with a second-degree murder charge. Unless Ellison has information we don’t know, the outcome is not assured.
If the men are acquitted, the riots that will ensue will make the Rodney King riots of 1992 look like a minor skirmish.
Regardless, the issue is far from over. All we can do now is brace for the worst.
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