There seem to be early indications that Joe McKnight was the aggressor and as a former football player he should understand a large physical and angry man is going to scare the mess out of 99% of Americans.
After all, that was his intention, so when you puff up and get into intimidation mode, somebody may just take you seriously and decide you need to be stopped before you hurt them.
Let’s remember the Michael Brown case, the early “witness reports” said Brown was on his knees and the cop walked up and shot him in the head execution style. Every media outlet was reporting these details as facts for over a month. Then later we find out that this narrative was impossible, that all of the early witnesses against the cop were telling lies, and that Brown was indeed charging at the cop the moment the fatal shots struck him.