Some of this changes my thinking. If it is really true that Chauvin went against policy and training, then he ought to be convicted of something. But the prosecution have not produced specifics to back this up, and the defense may be able to rebut. We really just heard police officers say that they would not have made the judgments that Chauvin, and that is not convincing. I want to see the actual training materials used on Chauvin.
The prosecution has to prove intent, and there has been nothing about that so far.
I am expecting the defense to present testimony that:
The judge seems fair. I think Chauvin may be convicted of a lesser charge. He really needs to testify, to give evidence of intent, but if he does, he will be subjected to a nasty character assassination.
The larger issue is that this case was supposed to prove the existence of systemic racism. No such evidence has even been presented.
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