In this particular situation I think a better option would have been to bum rush the officer and try to knock him off Floyd. Doing so would give Floyd some air and it is unlikely that the officer would be able to restrain him in the exact same position since he would be dealing with an additional person to now restrain. Plus, it is better to catch whatever charge that entails than it is to catch a homicide charge or to catch 15 bullets.
While I agree with that assessment in theory, the sad fact of the matter is that very likely in reality this only has a chance of succeeding if the hypothetical person intervening is white.
Remember, black people have gotten shot for much less
than outright bum rushing police officers, which is exactly what the Black Lives Matter movement is about.
Tamir Rice was shot dead for holding a toy gun, clearly recognizable as such by the neon orange muzzle.
White mass murderers on the other hand usually get caught alive (El Paso Walmart shooter, Charleston Church shooter, ...)
But, with that in consideration, you're making a very good point about people with privilege (which white people in the US definitely are, in a situation like this) using their privilege to help the less privileged.
That is how you create a CRM culture where authority and "bro culture" do not run rampant. That is also how you instill professionalism. It's not about one individual at all. This isn't about the one cop who killed that guy. This is about the group of 4 (and by extension the entire department) either succeeding or failing to keep each other honest.
Exactly. As long as the culture within the police force and the guidelines for such situations don't radically change, I will not buy the "a few bad apples" argument. The one kneeling on Georg Floyd's neck was a rotten apple of the very worst kind but the other 3 had their chance to shine and show he's the only one. Nope. They chose to stand by and watch - so it was not the one bad apple spoiling the bunch, but instead they are all at various degrees of rot.