Dont know if anyone is watching what is going on so far with this.
The defense attorney's so far are making a good case. They have been having the "witnesses" who were present take the stand. Now you will see "headlines" or social media saying.... They are trying to make it look like "angry black people" were there..... NO they are trying to show that the situation wasn't under control and the officers were doing more of a 'crowd" control than actually paying attention to what is going on with Mr. Floyd. Right or wrong they have been showing this... also the video shows this as well with people who keep going towards the officers.
Then they had on an EMT with the fire department. Who was a witness. If you watch about 30 mins of questioning you can see in her mind she is trying to drive a narrative of her opinion and you can see her getting frustrated when the defense is poking holes in it and also not letting her "drive" that narrative. She even gets repremanded by the judge.
But one of the key out takes from that exchange with the EMT is that the defense proved that before medical help arrives in these situations that it needs to be deemed "all clear". Fire departments and ambulance crews typically "stage" before going in. Which means getting ready and then going in once an "all clear" is called. She even admitted to this.... but at the same time was arguing that the area fire departments were "slow" in getting there and also should have been there in less than 4 mins.
But again... the defense is laying ground work showing that the situation wasn't an "all clear" and people were acting "hostile" towards the officers. Now some will argue that the MMA fighter was calm and what not... he was and his testimony showed that.... but he did also say something along the lines of "slap the F out of you" to a police officer. Now he may have been calm but you think a police officer wont take that as a threat and as hostile situation going on and not "all clear".
The defense is laying out the ground work for an aquital on the other officers for sure. Showing that they were doing more "crowd" control than paying attention of what is going on behind them. Trying to make the area "clear" and what not. Also it will be hard to convict of murder when medical assistance was called to the scene AND that the scene could be considered "hot" because of the actions of people gathering around.
We will need to see how this trial unfolds. Again... I am not saying what happened was justified or perfect. I am just saying how it is all playing out. Honestly I dont know if I posted it or not at the begining of all of this.... but i stated that the police on the scene were doing more of the 'crowd" control aspect because of the people around advancing on them. It shows that in the video big time. Then add in the fact that two of the officers were "green" and this could have been the first time they have had that type of situation of a crowd gathering like that. Again doesn't completely absolve them. But when facts are laid out it is showing this.
BTW... be ready for riots again in MN. Unless they give Chauvin and the other police first degree murder or what ever the heaviest charges against them are.... they will riot again.