Today was a terrible, horrible no good, very bad day for the prosecution, to a degree that I havent seen since the trial of George Zimmerman.
If you have no more than an hour to watch the video of todays proceedings, then I urge you to spend 44 minutes watching the cross-examination of state witness Johnny Mercil, the states use-of-force training expert, and 22 minutes watching the cross-examination of Nicole MacKenzie, the states medical care training expert. In both instances the result can only be called a train wreck of a disaster for the prosecution.
Indeed, after the judge dismissed Mercil from the witness stand, Prosecutor Schleiter appeared visibly shaken and angryand he ought to have, given the mauling his case just received. At one point Mercil testified the he himself had personally kept a suspect physically restrained until EMS had arrived on scene, behavior which the state has been arguing for over a week was misconduct on the part of Chauvin.