I don’t know what everybody else sees in the released footage of George Floyd but to me the footage is pretty damning. The police should have called an ambulance because Floyd was clearly unwell from the start and needed to be sedated and put under medical observation. What they were trying to achieve by struggling with a person who had no control over his faculties is a mystery.
The police acted extremely irresponsibly and should absolutely stand trial. To me, this is a case of criminal negligence.
None of this excuses the rioters, obviously. I hope this doesn’t need to be said. Compared to what these – once again, clearly culpable – police did, the “mostly peaceful protesters” are guilty of so much more. A lot of blood is on their hands.