The TV clips vs the body cams show very different stories.No. It is not what I read in the media, I saw the video. Yes the guy did wrong by being high and resisting. But there is no reason that cop had to kneel on him for so long. Even his own Police Chief stated on the witness stand that they are supposed to move the person to their side or this can happen.
The initial coroners' report did not show asphixiation damage, but the coroner was ordered to 'look again'. Many people have been restrained that way without dying (and this was pointed out by a series of expert witnesses). The cop was faced with holding him alone, while an upset mob had formed around him. In the lead up to the incident any time he got any relaxation he would attempt to break loose again. Notice the behavior of the police chief and ALL the political figures. They were terrified about another wave of rioting. Everything they said was carefully worded to try to placate the mob. Meanwhile the jury was driven home each day THROUGH those same areas where violent protests were occurring. I don't know HOW they could have let the trial occur anywhere near Minneapolis, the jurors were understandably intimidated. Can't blame them.