Okay…I have put together a few more facts, and as an investigator without the benefits of direct interviews or direct knowledge from any films, forensics or anything else…I am putting forth what MAY have happened…just based on the limited facts we know…
Just like the MSM never reported that the 18 year old Michael Brown was 6’4″, 300 lbs, George Floyd was 6’ 6″, very muscular, and I’ll guess 265/270 lbs, but “unreported” by MSM…in short very strong, and as a bouncer, probably very tough. That seems reasonable to believe. Also, 99.9% of police officers could not possibly control a male that size, that strong, that tough, one on one without hurting him, by escalating force.
It’s different from beating someone in a fight on the street, where anything goes and doing what law enforcement does, and that is arrest/control with only the minimum force that is necessary…big damn difference.
Try “controlling” an out of control, 6 ft 200 lb 16 year old male…any race…by yourself…without hurting him, remember I’m saying “control” him and not beat him to death! I’d love to see that…especially by the guy who wants to put his knee on my neck…good luck with that tough guy!
Why did the first officer draw his gun upon approach? I wondered what the threat was… until I learned of Floyd’s 6’6” size, his muscular condition was obvious. It is what I would have done just based on the following known info…very “drunk”, very big, good apparent physical condition, without seeing any weapon, the officer needed to immediately reduce what he should have recognized as a real threat to his person…Floyd’s size alone and nothing else was a threat!
It apparently worked as Floyd must have responded well…most do …to a gun!
The sight of the gun more often than not, stops the need to use the gun!
The officer holstered his weapon and Floyd gave slight resistance to getting out and submitting to hand cuff…he may have been telling the police FU, I didn’t do anything, leave me alone, I’m not going any place…we DO NOT KNOW, do we?!
You’ll note how quickly a second officer came around Floyd’s car to help restrain Floyd… very quickly. There’s a reason…the second officer also had to recognize Floyd’s size alone, as a threat…why? …size means strength? We’ll find out, but if the occupant had been a “Skippy” or female, they would have unlikely been viewed as an eminent threat and only one officer needed to extricate him from vehicle.
They should have been taught to cuff a “threat subject” before search…do not put a threat subject up against anything to search… prone him out to the ground and cuff him FIRST! They didn’t have to prone him out, at first because, as I think…Floyd was sort of cooperating.
Then something scared the hell out of Floyd, in my opinion. There are many possibilities so we’ll not assume, we’ll just throw in the facts…from the sitting position, in cuffs, to the police car.
Floyd is apparently impaired, unknown to the police, he has cardiovascular health issues, he says, without any hands on him other than to help get him up and go towards police car, “I can’t breathe” and faints.
He continues to say ,”I can’t breathe” and goes into a panic and …we can’t see inside the police car… but police quickly react to a resistance, struggle, or “something” and rush to both sides of the car and extract Floyd from the car. Why…what happened…we have no idea…but something happened.
A good possibility is Floyd, without any police hands on him… went into full blown panic mode… because he was having a medical event, realized he was in trouble medically, because he could not breathe…the police probably didn’t know his medical condition, and reacted to an extremely large, strong man resisting arrest…real reason, unknown to them.
He was resisting arrest but only Mr. Floyd knew the reason why and that is a shame, but was it criminal? Maybe the Grand Jury will determine what happened.
So if that happens to be true, there may be no “criminal intent” by the officers.
If the Police misread the reason for the resistance…whose fault was that?
If there is no criminal intent, there is no “crime”.
That does not, by any sense of the imagination, mean the officers didn’t make mistakes, as we Monday morning quarterback the incident. But were those errors criminal?
They could have taken the chance Floyd was telling the truth about “I can’t breathe” and let him up…understand. I like MANY other arresting officers have heard “I can’t breathe”, “Help, I’m having chest pains…I think I’m having a heart attack”…in my experience, those statements all turned out to be just as false as “I’m innocent, I didn’t do it”.
So there you have it. Too many unknowns but …“I’ve never been to the Sun, and do know it’s hot”.
Too bad it’s not a perfect world…and police could read minds…it would have prevented many instances where we, Agents from my Squads in NYC, on big time surveillances, were extracted from our cars at gun point, by the police. Fortunately, most of us were not the victims of misidentity like those lawmen who were shot by friendly fire. I knew one NYPD, good cop, who was shot and killed by friendly fire and one Agent, Don West, on my squad who was hit…and many others who came close. Stuff happens…so avoid stuff!
You be the judge…oh, I forgot, some of you don’t need all the facts…you already have an opinion!