What Took Them So Long?

Axios Alert:

Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer involved in the killing of George Floyd, was charged Friday with third-degree murder and manslaughter, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

The state of play: Freeman said that the delay in Chauvin’s arrest, which came four days after Floyd’s death on Monday, was due to the need to collect sufficient evidence — and that it was “by far the fastest” his office had charged a police officer. He added that he also anticipated charges against the other three officers involved in Floyd’s arrest and death, but refused to elaborate.

I don’t know the difference between the different degrees of murder, so this might be or might not be appropriate. All I can say after watching the video, Chauvin knew what he was doing.

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9 Responses to What Took Them So Long?

  1. julesmomcat says:

    Knee-on-neck for 5 minutes is not deliberate first-degree murder???

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    • Dennis Cole says:

      jules – It’s too difficult to prosecute when any LEOs are involved, because they have to respond so quickly in highly-charged situations, that “malice aforethought,” and/or “meditative pre-planning” don’t come into account, due to how they must react – quickly and decisively. I’m not familiar with the Murder Statutes in Minnesota, either, but that’s generally the case nation-wide.

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      • This isn’t a “highly-charged” situation. We have video of the whole thing. And now we’re learning that the two knew each other and had worked together recently at the same club.

        The cynic in me thinks the reason it took so long is that they had to fake up some pretty convincing evidence.

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      • Dennis Cole says:

        BDR I was referring to the standard Defense of any LEO by an attorney. I saw parts of the vid, all I could mange to watch, and it’s clear that at one point the officer knows the suspect is going to die from the chokehold, yet he makes the conscious decision to continue. It’s that behavior that’s so hard to convince a jury of. And the Prosecution can always file more, or enhanced, charges. In this case, they arrested him on what they were highly convinced as accurate and therefore prosecutorial, and also to make it appear that they were going to get serious about this one.

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  2. osirisopto says:

    Of course, he knew what he was doing. He’s a trained professional.

    He knew what he was doing and exactly how to do it in an efficient and professional manner.

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  3. Diane says:

    Yes, he knew exactly what he was doing. I got the strong impression he was enjoying his power trip too. There is other video out there that shows there were a total of three cops on this guy.

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  4. Sirius Lunacy says:

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  5. MDavis says:

    The first consequences the cops faced was they were fired.
    What did they expect? Did they think firing these guys would be enough?
    I worked at a place, a long, long time ago, where one of the accountants was busted for embezzling company funds. Did he get fired? Sure, but the company also gathered evidence and turned it over to investigators when they called for his arrest.
    No way he would have just walked out after being fired.
    Now imagine if that accountant killed someone…
    Just fired. Right.


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