I have agree with @cycleguy2300 on this. So are going to allow the general public to dictate what LE officers can or can't do, or what they are legally authorized to do in enforcing the law?The reason this went to court is because it was obvious in more than just hindsight. The bystanders thought it was wrong and vocally urged the officer to show mercy - which combined with Floyd’s own “I can’t breathe” was reasonable suspicion that the man was in trouble. The officer’s smug unwillingness to be moved by the combination of the man’s words and his attitude towards the peons’ criticism of his stance is why there is significant belief, myself included, that he deserved at least the manslaughter charge.
I'm not saying Chauvin is totally blameless, but action or inaction on his part I'm seeing as negligence, not murder. He was also performing a restraint that was department approved. If the method of restraint was contributing factor in Floyd's death, then the department is responsible for approving that restraint method and not Chauvin for using it. That tells me they threw Chauvin to the wolves for political expediency and nothing more.