Dan Delzell on The Premeditated Murder of George Floyd

Did Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin intend to kill George Floyd? The video evidence is overwhelming. Chauvin definitely seemed intent on ending the life of this black man.

A lawyer for the family of George Floyd summed it up this way: “We think that he had intent….almost nine minutes he kept his knee in a man’s neck that was begging and pleading for breath,” he said.

Lawyer Benjamin Crump went on to say, “The fact that officer Chauvin kept his knee on his neck for almost three minutes after he was unconscious. We don’t understand how that was not first-degree murder. We don’t understand how all these officers haven’t been arrested.”

Here is the way a Nebraska statute explains premeditation: “No particular length of time for premeditation is required, provided that the intent to kill is formed before the act is committed and not simultaneously with the act that caused the death. The time required to establish premeditation may be of the shortest possible duration and may be so short that it is instantaneous, and the design or purpose to kill may be formed upon premeditation and deliberation at any moment before the homicide is committed.”

Derek Chauvin clearly acted with premeditation. He was smart enough to realize that he was killing the man who was handcuffed and facedown on the pavement. “All premeditation and deliberation require is the time it takes to form the intent, ponder the crime, and then act. Defendants can premeditate and deliberate in a matter of minutes, as long as the thought process occurs before the act.”

These officers treated George Floyd with less dignity than most people treat animals. What caused these officers to have such hatred for this black man? And what led them to think that their hatred and prejudice justified the taking of this man’s life?

We have learned that Derek Chauvin and George Floyd “worked together at a Minneapolis club as recently as last year.” Who knows? Perhaps Chauvin’s hatred for Floyd had been simmering for some time. And then when he saw an opportunity to snuff out this black man’s life, he took it.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Dan Delzell