The most viewed death in the history of humankind had its Rodney King moment
The underlying issue is that even as analog video technology evolved to smaller digital devices widely available, justice remains difficult. Video as a proxy for witness documentation remains doubtable even up to the moment where the prosecution nearly caused a mistrial by not anticipating the doubtful possibility of vehicle exhaust causing George Floyd’s death. At the moment of the Derek Chauvin verdict, a 15 year-old girl was shot and killed by a police officer in Ohio.
The video became what one legal network legal analyst, Sunny Hostin, called “the star witness for the prosecution.”
Her motivations were simple enough. You could even call them pure.No, Darnella, it wasn’t right, a Hennepin County jury agreed on Tuesday, finding Chauvin guilty of second- and third-degree murder as well as second-degree manslaughter.After so many previous instances in which police officers were acquitted of what looked to many people like murder, this time was different. And it was different, in some significant portion, because of a teenager’s sense of right and wrong.Call it a moral core.We’ve seen the images of her there on the scene in her loosefitting blue pants, her hoodie and her flip-flops, eventually joined again by her little cousin in a mint-green shirt that read “Love.” Frazier just stood there, resolutely, holding her phone. Later, she posted a video clip of about 10 minutes to Facebook.
— The Recount (@therecount) April 20, 2021