What we have in the Floyd case is yet another example of the public’s inability to comprehend how difficult it is to control an adult human who does not want to be controlled. This widespread delusion of liberal women and others who have never had to physically restrain someone — that it doesn’t take much effort to just keep someone in place — is one of the most destructive in the modern world.
In light of the evidence presented at trial, this is no longer merely an issue of supporting the cops who make it possible for normal Americans to live alongside belligerent criminals. It’s a matter of how much we’re willing to delude ourselves to please the people who think they have the right to burn our cities whenever a black criminal dies in police custody.
Guest Post by Harold Cameron
Business owners in Minneapolis-St. Paul — and frankly Americans in any one of a dozen cities that endured months of looting, violence, and flames last year — know only one resolution of the great George Floyd saga has any hope of preserving their safety and property. Only a second-degree murder conviction will do. Only a public affirmation of Derek Chauvin’s guilt, an institutional adoption of the notion — promoted by activists and journalists — that the former police Minneapolis police officer callously executed an unarmed black man in front of onlookers can possibly forestall another round of rioting, destruction, and “racial reckoning.”
I have some bad news for all these people: Derek Chauvin did nothing wrong.
When Floyd continued resisting arrest after being placed in handcuffs, Chauvin didn’t beat him with a baton. He didn’t taze him. He didn’t put in him a chokehold. He put one knee on what the prosecution is now optimistically calling Floyd’s “neck area” and waited for the ambulance to come save Floyd’s life in a “load and scoot” operation to avoid crowd interference. The worst that could be said is that he didn’t simply let Floyd go because he was still complaining about being unable to breath, just as he had been since the beginning of the encounter. The state’s case so far boils down to a collection of experts equating that to murder.
In other words, Chauvin did nothing wrong, and all the arguments about the Minneapolis Police use of force manual and speculation about what he “could have done” can’t change that.