DTP2: Derek Michael Chauvin Apr 1, 2021 6:22:24 GMT
Post by purr on Apr 1, 2021 6:22:24 GMT
I'm continuing from the old Defend The Police thread right here because CNN has begun covering Chauvin's trial, framing it within a racial injustice context which seems to invite the viewer to pronounce judgement on the Cruelty and Evil of American Slavery rather than posing the question of Chauvin and fellow officers' guilt in the matter of George Floyd's death.
Thus put it seems like a simple YES ..so... YES deal (slavery the BIG EVIL and of course Georg Floyd's terrible passing while under Derek Chauvin's kneehold an individual example of same). Like I said in DTP before, I'd like to opt for a different emphasis, asking "What happened?". I re-embedded the ABC video above and will try to add some of the new stuff coming out as the trial proceeds to assist in arriving at the most well informed answer possible. I welcome any of your opinions/insights, especially from an American perspective, as well. To keep current, apart from watching witness testimony and CNN commentary on the telly, I read this dynamically developing Wikipedia page State v. Chauvin and stay open to follow the facts wherever they lead.
To (again) position myself, Defend The Police sets off from a premise that our Police is a vital force for good in our societies, therefore worth defending. And moving beyond well intended generalities: what follows is that we should also defend individual police officers even if suspected of heinous crimes, no... ESPECIALLY if suspected of heinous crimes.
I have no interest in white washing a priory any police action. Actual wrongdoing and action in breach of the law by police should be uncovered and acknowledged. If bad cops get their despicable donkey thrown in jail, no problemo (and good riddance!).
But as the trial goes forward I am starting out intensely curious, asking the question: what really happened during George Floyd's arrest?