I know Chauvin didn’t kill Floyd and his knee was just on his back, but when the screaming crowd started to form around him, yelling, “Stop! You’re killing him! Stop! You’re killing him!”, all of them videotaping it for social media, why did he just... stare off into space with a dazed look in his eyes for nine minutes?
Doesn’t that seem like a valid question?
I’m not saying he needed to jump up and let Floyd go. But instead of just staring into the camera saying nothing, he could have leaned down and spoken to Floyd. “Are you okay? Are you going to stop resisting?” He could have shifted his knee and continued to assert pressure on Floyd’s back with his arms. He could have done all sorts of little things that would not have created such a controversial videotape.
I mean it was like Chauvin went into some kind of fugue state or something. It was really weird. And yet how would he not know this situation was escalating and could come back to bite him. He literally had a crowd of people around him screaming, “He can’t breathe! You’re killing him!” Yes, the toxicology and coroner reports show the crowd was wrong, but it’s still an angry crowd forming into an angry mob. A smart police officer could have handled that in a way that was less enraging to the crowd.
This is why I think the whole thing was staged and Chauvin was in on it (I don’t even think George Floyd is dead). But even rejecting that theory (which could be wrong), it still doesn’t make sense why Chauvin acted like such a dazed apathetic moron.