Showing posts with label Police Violence. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Police Violence. Show all posts

Friday, 2 April 2021

The Jury in the George Floyd Trial

Floyd Trial Role Play - Pretend You are a Jury Member

We have not seen the defence bring out its own strategy yet to justify the police actions against George Floyd. There might be some surprises. But at present just imagine you being one of those normal people with what you have seen to date going through your mind.

Here are some of the things, without any directions from a judge, which are going through mine.

  • Police claim he was big and muscular. They had to control him.
    • Not one person, store clerks, bystanders, or fellow passengers said they felt threatened
    • You had him on the ground with hands cuffed behind his back
    • He had no weapon
    • If you really wanted to control him, use leg irons. This would have looked really bad but so did the neck hold and three officers on top
    • Not once did the three officers confining him let go to see if the victim tried to get up
  • He was agitated and obviously on something. He resisted getting into a squad car.
    • The man was begging you not to shoot him
    • He was pleading with you saying that he was claustrophobic
    • He said he has been shot before
  • This was a procedure (neck choke) taught during training.
    • Most authorities so far have denied that this is taught. 
    • Nobody has said it was necessary to persist for over nine minutes
    • Even laypeople noticed he had gone completely limp and impassive
  • Police should have and could have checked for a pulse.
    • Chauvin himself could have gotten off of his neck. There were two others holding him down
    • Had he done that the off duty EMT worker offered to check for a pulse
  • There were reports of body fluids - urine - having been released from the body. If true that must have been noticed by the officers on the torso and legs.
    • If true and if this was a possible sign of death it might have been too late to resuscitate him but again the EMT worker could have tried. Even the ambulance EMT tried this in the vehicle.
    • I don't know whether the officers did notice this but I would have expected at least a comment that it had happened, so possibly it was not until the EMT workers arrived.
    • It is also remotely possible that the officers did notice it but preferred not to mention it knowing what it represented
  • I would be asking myself if this were a white man, would the neck choke have been used?
    • If the answer is NO this would clearly be racism
    • If the answer is YES then whether black or white or any other colour, the practice is wrong and should be banned or "under control" needs to be defined

As I have said before, OJ all over again. In that case, a man of colour got off when everyone thought him guilty. In this case Chauvin can't hold up his knee to the jury to show that it does not fit!