pretty bad looking incident filmed by bystanders
looks to me like a pretty unambiguous excessive force homicide, whatever degree of murder. The story is that the cops were called to a report of a forgery, a dispute between a convenience store owner and the black guy seen on the ground. The officers who had bodycameras on and operational the whole time, found the man sitting in his car, ordered him out, and he initially complied and was handcuffed, before he physically resisted them, apparently just prior to the video being starting. Apparently they tried to get him in the car for 10+ minutes before the video. The one officer continued to hold him on the ground with his knee pressing on the guy's neck, despite telling him to get up and get in the car and the guy says he can't breath and starts bleeding from his nose, and even after obviously entering some kind of medical distress and becoming delirious and finally unresponsive, stopped moving and was obviously already dead. And the one cop is still compressing the guy's neck until EMTs arrive 4 minutes after he appears dead, even as the growing crowd tries to tell them to get off him and check his pulse.
this is probably going to blow up and be a national headline by tomorrow night, and I imagine we'll get more bodycam video and details- probably showing him resisting- but I don't think there's any imaginable scenario where any prior conduct could justify what's clearly an illegal chokehold being held even as the guy's obviously dying and even for minutes after he's completely motionless for several minutes. Now it does strike one interesting question about guilt, whether as a matter of moral or legal judgment- say we take it as a given the cop kneeling on the man's neck murdered him. What culpability does the other guy standing off against the crowd hold? Was he responsible for both failing to intervene and preventing intervention, or trying to prevent a dangerous situation from escalating as the crowd grew irate? Should he be considered an accomplice, and how should his intent be judged?