"The law is reason, free from passion."
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Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. Psalm 24
"True law is right reason in agreement with nature . . . Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature [and] will suffer the worst penalties . . ." - Cicero
I just watched the video and I wouldn't convict the cops either.
I think the cops did a number of things wrong but it wasn't murder.
Having dealt with a number of crazy and/or high people in similar circumstances there is no question in my mind that the cops were attempting to control a resisting suspect.
That being said, the first cop was unnecessarily confrontational with the guy and escalated the situation because of that. Yeah, the guy was being a jackass but there are better ways of dealing with that jackass than antagonizing him. It was also a bad idea to bash the guy's head in. That generally does not elicit compliance.