Chauvin and the three others ought to be tried according to law

George Floyd, Dalrymple writes,

was killed by a policeman behaving in a brutal fashion, and it is very difficult to think of extenuating circumstances for that officer’s conduct. Even had Floyd not been altogether angelic, it is part of a policeman’s duty to deal with awkward customers without killing them in brutal and even sadistic fashion.

Even worse, from the social point of view, was that Officer Derek Chauvin

was watched by three of his colleagues who did nothing to intervene. This suggests, at least prima facie, that there is something deeper wrong with the Minneapolis police force than individual rogue behaviour (though it wouldn’t surprise me if it emerged that Chauvin was a bully to his colleagues as well as to the public, and that they were afraid of him).

To establish any such general fault with the Minneapolis police department with reasonable certainty, however,

would require a genuinely independent and impartial inquiry, if such an inquiry could now ever be held.

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