- I don't know of Floyd's history but I do know about people on drugs and I'd assume that you do as well. If Floyd were under the influence, which could be possible, it would make the subduing of an already sizable figure that much harder if not impossible without severe physical contact. That is a hard reality that most don't understand let alone in the context of an officer vs such a person. Also, assessing "threat" isn't simple, as "threat" also applies to the suspect himself and to other people besides the officers. If Floyd were to continue to struggle and escape, then knock someone over and hurt or even kill them... If he escaped and then injured himself or even died... then the officers' would have failed. I know some may call it a nitpick but police actions look extraordinary and unusual to us when they're the result of decades+ policing those who most of us can never imagine.
"The fucker dug his knee deeper into his neck, searching for sweetspots."
- Because you know this? He may very well have but he could also be rebalancing whilst in an awkward position on a moving surface - a position that would seem to be against their engagement procedures. In either case, we're just guessing.
"Do you know many cops? I'm friends with probably 20 or so, like good friends. We get to know each other on various scenes. Know how many have shot someone? 0."
- Perhaps you've forgotten my personal and work history with police and other LEO's that includes many friends and even family? How many have you known that were killed? Me? Four. Two, were really close. One was killed serving a warrant and the other was killed with three other officers while sitting in a local coffee shop before shift. The guy walked in and executed all four of them. Do you know anyone who's been murdered? How about someone who's committed murder??? There are entire realities that exist that most people know Jack and shit about (and Jack's left town), and police deal with many of them....
"This cop had been involved in two shooting deaths, and had 18 complaints on his record, at least one of which reached the AG level. That's not a natural career progression."
- That still means nothing as presented. I'm sure we'll learn more once the trial starts.
"He watched him die."
- Yes. Those last three or so minutes when Floyd laid motionless... horrific. I think he should do time for that. That the other officers didn't change their posture (their arrest procedure) is also outrageous. For that, they too could face charges but at minimum they should lose their jobs. So why does race and the race hustlers and their riots have anything to do with this???
"I said their anger was justified, not the destruction, although I now understand it. MLK said "A riot is the language of the unheard". It's a visceral last resort of a people being destroyed."
- That's still BS founded on a racist lie i.e "it's a visceral last resort of a people being destroyed." It's the result of race hustlers and race pimps that have rejected King's Dream that includes, "riots are self-defeating and socially destructive... [and] if every Negro in the United States turns against non-violence, I'm going to stand up as a lone voice and say, "This is the wrong way!" I'd guess this guy would agree from LA or this guy from Minne. The 'justified anger' you feel or understand now is built upon lies and false-narratives...
"Ultimately it doesn't matter if the cop was racist or not. The African American community just witnessed an execution of one of their own by a white cop WITHOUT JUSTIFICATION. At all."
- But it does matter because just read how your wrote this! By race! A white cop and "one of their own." That is not the path towards correction but further division. A division that's kept a lot of people in power and wealthy and who'll only remain so if that division is kept.