Looks like the trial finally gets under way on March 8th.
This is a reasonable summary of where things stand politically at the moment:
Given that it’s now somewhat more common knowledge that Floyd was already OD’ing on Fentanyl when the cops arrived, it’s going to be really hard to expect a conviction of Chauvin on murder at any level. And given that the year long narrative has been that all 4 cops were “murderers,” it’s going to also be really hard to keep large factions of the public from going nuclear when he skates on that charge. Herein lies a new great experiment for the 21st-c.
Chauvin will almost certainly be convicted of something, probably involving some mix of assault and violating Floyd’s civil rights. I suppose we will see what we see on that.
I think that the other cops, considering their status relative to Chauvin, will probably be cut loose, but I just don’t know. Now that their trial has (once again) been decoupled from Chauvin’s I’m starting to suspect that the city will lowball settle any counter-suits, and those guys will take something (100K-250k-ish apiece) to disappear into the countryside to never be heard from again.
That is all seat of the pants conjecture on my part, though.
I’d be curious as to opinions and predictions on this.