The officers were fired, the mayor is calling for charges. It’s under investigation and my guess is we’ll see charges before long. Not sure what else people are looking for at this point. Terrible, disgraceful actions by the officers to kneel on a man’s neck on the pavement so they can talk on their radios for 10 minutes. Stupid and negligent and abuse of authority/power, they should be fired and charged, happy they’ve been fired and sounds like they’ll be getting charged. Not sure why the university would endanger their students by discontinuing use of bomb sniffing dogs at sporting events when it sounds like the proper steps are being taken at this point.
One wrongful death is too many, but we’re dealing with humans policing other humans in stressful situations, so we have to recognize that we’ll never eliminate them completely and focus on the things we can control. Were they trained improperly? Did the training/protocol lead to this? If so, that needs to change. Sounds like in this case the officers made poor and negligent choices that were not sanctioned by the department. Was the response proper? Were they fired or suspended or whatever the situation would call for? Is the incident under investigation? Sounds like it. Just wish every single wrongful death of a black person, because there are wrongful deaths of other races too, didn’t instantly become part of a race war.
If/when charges are brought, I expect we’ll see another bout of hysterics when they aren’t charged with murder. It won’t be murder. More likely manslaughter. The prosecutor has to charge with what they can win, and we’re dealing with legal definitions of words. But I’m sure it will somehow be racist when they don’t get a murder charge.