0:00--The car in question is near the top of the screen. Based on the description from the local paper and Google street view, the suspect, Jeffrey Patrick Rice, was driving eastbound on Lake Street, attempting to cross the blocked intersection at Minnehaha Street. (Pause for the obligatory giggle.) There are two important things to note here before we roll the tape.
(1) There is a white car stopped in the left eastbound lane on Lake. Its significance will become clear when we roll the tape.
(2) There is a small gap that some cars are using to turn northbound onto Minnehaha. Normally cutting across lanes like this is not allowed, but when there is an obstruction in the roadway, such as was definitely the case here, said cutting can be legally justifiable if it does endanger anyone else.
Roll the tape, but don't focus on Rice's car on the first go-around; focus on the car mentioned in (1). Notice, as Rice begins to plow into the crowd, at no point does the crowd ever attempt to surround the stopped white car. From the start of the video to about the 0:14 mark, when the camera zooms in to show Rice's plowing through the crowd, and the white car disappears from view, at no point does the car or the crowd pose an imminent hazard to the other.
Now back it up and follow Rice's black car. Notice that instead of choosing to turn left onto Minnehaha as described above, as the cars (2) did, he chose to pass the white car to the right, where there was clearly no exit. At no point before plowing into the crowd does anyone swarm Rice's car.
Finally, apdst, to refute your horrifically absurd claim that Rice somehow didn't see the escape route, I refer you to an on-the-ground video of the incident. A simple analysis will show that these two videos describe the exact same incident from two different vantage points.
The first few seconds outright proves what I said in post #312: It is physically impossible for Rice to not have been able to notice the escape route to the left. Further, this up-close video shows that there was no sensible reason to expect that by passing the silver car (previously referred to as the white car) on the right, Rice could have expected to quickly drive away.
The retaliatory actions of the protesters on Rice's car are a separate issue and will not be addressed here.
Please, Minneapolis police. Do the right thing and lock this man away until he rots.
BTW, I want to give a shout-out to local channel KSTP for covering this incident in real time. When Rice is charged--and he had better be--this video or some version thereof will almost certainly be used as evidence against him. It is much, much more difficult to get away with a crime when it is caught on tape.
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