The system that convicted Chauvin usually doesn’t work

If it weren’t for the video shot by then-17-year-old Darnella Frazier on her phone, that’s likely all that would have been released about the death of George Floyd. He’d have been a blip: a guy accused of passing a fake $20 bill who resisted arrest, suffered “medical distress” and died. Yes, the officers wore body cameras. But under state law, only the subjects of a video, their families or their attorneys can request footage. Perhaps Floyd’s family would have requested it. But the body camera footage isn’t nearly as compelling.

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