The trial of Derek Chauvin unfolds before our very eyes. It needs to. We all need to see. George Floyd lay on the ground in handcuffs pleading to breathe in front of witnesses. He had been subdued, and posed no threat. There was no point to escalate the restraint beyond the handcuffs. A nine year old girl witnessed Derek Chauvin put more weight on George Floyd's neck. The question was asked, 'How do you know that he was putting more weight on his neck?' The child's answer came. She had watched him lift up his other knee from the ground and put his full weight on that one knee resting on George Floyd's neck. Those simple words spoken in a childish voice told me everything that I needed to know about the situation.
In my neck of the woods (see what I did there...it was not for comedic effect), people are screaming about 'blue lives matter' and 'we support the police'. Even some police cars have flags on featuring the thin blue line. They need to take a deep breath.
I don't believe that it is 'either/or', as in you're either 'for 'em' or 'agin 'em', .How about 'and/also', as in "I support the police, and I believe that there are also police officers out there who dishonor the badge that they wear. "
I don't understand the whole 'brother' thing. To justify bad behavior makes you party to the behavior. It pleased me to hear the top homicide detective say that Chauvin's behavior was ' totally unnecessary' and that it violated departmental policy. The Chief of Police testified that it was 'absolutely in violation of the department's use of force policy'. A training officer testified that the maneuver did not comply with police training.
One bad officer makes the job more dangerous for everyone else.
Derek Chauvin had 18 official complaints of excessive force in a 19 year career.
He is the epitome of a 'bad cop'.