A prominent Black Lives Matter activist has said that “all hell is going to break loose” if former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin is acquitted of George Floyd’s killing. Amid a wave of condemnation, she deleted her post without any further explanation.
If George Floyd’s murderer is not sentenced, just know that all hell is gonna break loose, model and activist Maya Echols said in a now-removed video. Don’t be surprised when buildings are on fire.
Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Prosecutors say he killed Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than eight minutes.
But his defense has argued, based on a toxicology report, that Floyd had consumed a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl and methamphetamine before encountering Chauvin. Floyd’s defense refutes the claim that drugs alone led to his death.
When video footage of Floyd’s final moments went viral last year, cities across the USA burned. Riots spread beyond Minneapolis, and nationwide protests against police brutality devolved into looting and arson.
As the nation awaits a verdict in Chauvin’s trial, Echols is not the only commentator predicting violence. Conservative pundits have warned that should Chauvin be acquitted, the ensuing riots would “almost certainly make last year’s riots look like a dress rehearsal.
Taking place under intense media scrutiny, Floyd’s trial saw 19 witnesses called last week, some of whom recounted in harrowing detail the experience of watching Floyd die.
Among the witnesses was a paramedic who thought Floyd “was dead” under Chauvin’s knee when he arrived on the scene, and a teenage eyewitness who said that Chauvin even knelt harder on Floyd’s neck when a crowd of bystanders urged him to let go before he kills him.
The trial reopened this week with testimony from Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, who said that the tactics used by Chauvin were “certainly not part of our ethics and our values. More police officials are expected to testify later.
Solely concentrating on a supposed racial element in the tragic death of George Floyd makes no sense. It has not even been shown that race was an issue – and yet the real problem of bad police training is getting zero attention.
Many legal experts on both sides of the political aisle have stated that it is going to be an uphill battle to convict George Floyd’s alleged killer of any of the charges that stand in front of him.
Whether it’s second-degree murder, third-degree murder, or second-degree manslaughter, the aggression and malice that is required for those particular charges don’t seem to be present.
At least not in the video that we have all seen. Chauvin did not throw any racial epithets at Floyd during the process, nor did he seem particularly aggressive.
It seems that the dumbest thing that he did was to place his knee on the back of George Floyd’s neck, but that apparently also was part of his police training.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021