There are two possibilities in the George Floyd death, as I see things. The first is that officer Derek Chauvin purposely caused Floyd’s obstruction to breathe by virtue of the pressure exerted by his knee; or the second being the common misconception that if one can vocalize at all, as Floyd was doing in a manner, one is capable of breathing adequately.

What Chauvin may have interpreted as Floyd’s speaking were actually gasps that produced sound as Floyd forcefully exhaled in an effort to speak. These gasps further emptied Floyd’s lungs and made Floyd’s situation more desperate, as he was unable to re-inhale against the pressure against his neck.

However, given the amount of respiratory distress Floyd was experiencing, in any case, Chauvin displayed remarkably poor judgment. The fact that he continued to apply pressure to Floyd’s neck after Floyd lost consciousness amounts to criminal liability.

Perhaps Chauvin was overcome by the pressure of the situation. And once he was committed to applying a pressure restraint to Floyd’s neck, he chose to do so until EMT/paramedic arrival. This is spurious reasoning, however.

Once he placed Floyd under arrest, Chauvin was responsible for his safety, and large muscular subjects are routinely subdued on the ground with handcuffs behind the back without choking them to death. The ability to do so should have been within Derek Chauvin’s wheelhouse.

Kevin F. Brennan

Watertown

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

Recommended for you

(1) comment

Djp29d

The 3rd possibility is that george obey the law, respect officers, and got into the police car when told to after breaking the law

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.