Minneapolis cop quits a couple of days before Chauvin's trial for fear of riots regardless of verdict
The former Minneapolis police officer gave an interview to Insider, in which he said that he resigned because protesters did not care about the outcome of the trial in the death of George Floyd.
"If Minnesota had the death penalty and Chauvin got it, people in Minneapolis are still going to riot," the officer said to Insider. "They're still going to burn the city down."
"I don't want to get myself hurt or killed," he said.
The trial of Officer Derek Shauvin shows that not everything about Floyd's death is unambiguous. Video evidence from other angles shows that the knee was not pressing on Floyd's neck, and a number of forensic experts agreed that the detained Floyd died of numerous health problems and drug overdose.
For the second day, members of the Black Lives Matter and Antifa movement have incited riots and violent protests on the streets of Minneapolis. Police use tear gas and protesters attack film crews covering violent protests.
More than 100 police officers have left the police service since Floyd's death, according to official reports. It is known from other sources that the number of officers has been cut by more than 10 percent.
According to the officer, morale in the Department has fallen, and current officers are afraid to do their job, given that police policy excludes the use of physical force, and protesters only come to the riots with the intention of crippling the police.
"I've never seen such a weak form of leadership," he said. "People are afraid to do their jobs. Nobody wants to use force in the department anymore."
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