Derek Chauvin’s lawyers played a video of the George Floyd arrest. This was taken by a fellow officer via his body cam. In that video, it appears that Chauvin’s knee was against Floyd’s shoulder and not his neck. Black Lives Matter, and the mainstream media journalists that support them have been saying that Chauvin’s knee was against Floyd’s neck but the new video taken at the same time but from a different angle appears to show that not to be true.
Nelson asked Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo if he was familiar with the concept of “camera perspective bias”. He then played both versions of the tapes from the exact same time and it shows the knee mostly on the shoulder.
The prosecutor will now get the new tape and have it investigated for editing. Then we will know if the new one is legitimate. If it is, it could change the whole complexion of the trial especially if the coroner confirms it.
The two videos were made by Darnella Frazier and the police bodycam footage from former Officer Alexander Kueng. The video taken by Frazier was taken at an angle and made it look like the officer’s knee was on the neck of George Floyd. But the officer’s body cam had a much better angle in order to make a decision on what truly happened.
The pressure is on the jury because even if he is clearly innocent, neither BLM nor the media will accept the verdict and Minneapolis will go up in flames once more and it is suspected that more cities will become involved in the practice.
Derek Chauvin's defense counsel Eric Nelson introduces the concept of "camera perspective bias." Minneapolis Police Chief Arradondo agrees Chauvin's knee looks like it's on Floyd's neck in the bystander video, but appears to be on his "shoulder blade" in the body-cam video. pic.twitter.com/YoR2GWTdaH
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Nelson then highlighted that while it appeared Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck in the video recorded by Frazier, the knee appeared to be on Floyd’s shoulder blade during the same period in the bodycam footage, asking Arradondo:
“Would you agree that from the perspective of Officer Kueng’s body camera it appeared Officer Chauvin’s knee was more on Mr. Floyd’s shoulder blade?”
“Yes,” Arradondo responded, though the prosecution, which took the stand immediately after, was quick to highlight that this was one specific moment “at a time when the ambulance had already arrived [and] very shortly before they loaded Mr. Floyd onto the gurney.”
Arradondo then further stamped down the defense’s point, saying that he had not seen Chauvin’s knee anywhere but on Floyd’s neck during his review of all the footage made available to him.