Something recently occurred to me and I think it might be beneficial to redefine the two intractable sides here. We all saw the same thing: a cop knelt on a face-down, handcuffed man for almost nine minutes despite his pleas that he couldn’t breath, until he did in fact stop breathing, lost control of his bladder, and died face-down in the street in a puddle of his own piss…
We all watched the same video ad nauseam. Yet, there are two diametrically opposed takes on the situation, even after the case has been adjudicated. If I may, I believe this comes down to differing interpretations of the correct role of police in our society. On the one side are those who believe cops are “officers of the peace” who should observe a modicum of restraint in most circumstances. They see that video and see a man clearly abusing his power and authority.
On the other side are those who believe that the role of the police is to protect but not restrain them, and to restrain but not protect the other. In previous threads, they have identified Floyd as the other based on several attributes: he was accused of a petty crime and had previously committed others, he was resisting, he used drugs, etc. There was, of course, the most obvious attribute, but that was not specifically discussed.
We are in disagreement because the former side saw a cop operating well outside his job description, and the latter saw a cop doing exactly his job.