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The thing he's failing to understand is maybe the verdict would have been the same maybe it wouldn't, but when you have one of the alternate jurors speaking out saying that the threat of violence was in the back of her mind it's a problem. If this would have been another defendant like the people who killed Jaslyn Adams or any of the other kids killed by gang violence and the same scenario played out there would be outrage that the trial wasn't fair. We know it and they know it they just won't admit it.

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Discussion Starter · #25 ·
Minneapolis, MN – Federal prosecutors had a secret backup plan to immediately arrest former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin on federal charges in the Hennepin County courtroom if he wasn’t convicted of George Floyd’s murder.

Nothing about the handling of the charges against Chauvin or his incarceration immediately following his trial for the murder of George Floyd were done in the usual manner.

Chauvin faces anywhere from 12.5 to 40 years in prison for the murder of Floyd when he is sentenced on June 25.
The length of his sentence depends on whether the Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill approves an enhanced sentence for aggravating factors.

Chauvin was booked into a maximum security state prison on Wednesday afternoon where he will await sentencing for his conviction on all charges in the murder of George Floyd, CNN reported.

It is unusual for an inmate to be transferred to prison ahead of sentencing, but security concerns led Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office to make arrangements with the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) for Chauvin’s immediate incarceration at a state facility, DOC spokeswoman Sarah Fitzgerald said.

Chauvin is being housed separately from the general population of the prison, CNN reported.
“He is on ‘administrative segregation’ status for his safety,” Fitzgerald wrote an email. “Administrative segregation is used when someone’s presence in the general population is a safety concern.”

The prison – Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights – is located about 25 miles east of downtown Minneapolis in Stillwater, CNN reported.

It’s considered the most secure lockdown facility in the state, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

But if the jury had found Chauvin not guilty, or if the judge had declared a mistrial due to a hung jury, the former police officer still never had a chance of leaving the Hennepin County courtroom.
Sources told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the emergency contingency plan called for the Minnesota U.S. Attorney’s Office to immediately charge Chauvin with federal crimes by criminal complaint.

And then prosecutors would have run to the secretly empaneled grand jury to whom they have been presenting evidence of federal civil rights violations for months and ask for an indictment against the former police officer.

The goal was to avoid another round of rioting, looting, and burning that was inevitable if Chauvin was set free – even temporary – after the heavily publicized trial in the city that has been suffering unrest for almost a year, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Federal prosecutors have been waiting to bring federal civil rights charges against Chauvin in connection the death of Floyd and for another arrest he made of a teenager in 2017.
Minnesota prosecutors were preparing for Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 when they were sent a series of bodycam videos from an earlier arrest made by the same officer, ABC News reported.

The videos from a Sept. 4, 2017 arrest allegedly showed that a teenage boy Chauvin arrested after a physical confrontation had required stitches.

They also allegedly showed Chauvin holding the boy down with his knee for about 17 minutes and ignoring the teen’s complaints that he couldn’t breathe, according to ABC News.

Prosecutors tried to introduce bodycam video from the 2017 arrest into evidence in Chauvin’s trial.

That incident occurred when Minneapolis police officers, including Chauvin, responded to a 911 call from a woman who claimed her 14-year-old son and daughter had attacked her, ABC News reported.

Matthew Frank, one of the state prosecutors, wrote in a court filing that when officers arrived at the home, they ordered the son to lie on the ground.

Frank said the 14 year old refused and claimed Chauvin hit him on the head with a flashlight, causing a wound that required medical attention, ABC News reported.

The prosecutor also alleged the bodycam showed Chauvin grabbed the teenager by the throat, struck him with the flashlight a second time, and then “applied a neck restraint, causing the child to lose consciousness and go to the ground.”

He said the teen was bleeding from the ear, ABC News reported.

“Chauvin and [the other officer] placed [the teenager] in the prone position and handcuffed him behind his back while the teenager’s mother pleaded with them not to kill her son and told her son to
stop resisting,” Frank wrote in the court filing. “About a minute after going to the ground, the child began repeatedly telling the officers that he could not breathe, and his mother told Chauvin to take his knee off her son.”

The prosecutor said Chauvin moved his knee from the boy’s neck to his upper back after eight minutes and kept it there for another nine minutes, ABC News reported.

Chauvin eventually arrested the boy for domestic assault and obstruction with force and the teen was taken to the hospital by ambulance for stitches.

The state claimed Chauvin’s action with the teen mirrored his behavior with Floyd and told the judge they wanted to show jurors a pattern of conduct by the former police officer, ABC News reported.

“Those videos show a far more violent and forceful treatment of this child than Chauvin describes in his report,” Frank wrote.

He also said the bodycam would “show Chauvin’s use of unreasonable force towards this child and complete disdain for his well-being.”

But Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill didn’t allow it and the incident was never mentioned at trial, although it resurfaced in the media during that time, ABC News reported.
Now federal prosecutors have indicated the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) may be ready to bring charges against Chauvin in connection with the 2017 incident.

Federal prosecutors initiated a federal grand jury investigation in February and had witnesses testify about what happened in September of 2017.

Sources told ABC News that the DOJ investigation was ongoing and prosecutors were trying to decide whether to bring civil rights charges against Chauvin in connection with Floyd’s death and for the 2017 arrest.

Minneapolis police officials were briefed about the investigation into the other incident just before federal officials announced a sweeping investigation of the policies and practices of the entire Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) a day after Chauvin was convicted of murder.

“We will assist the DOJ with anything that they need, and the chief has pledged full cooperation with any investigating agency,” MPD Spokesman John Elder said with regard to all of the ongoing investigations.

1,302 Posts order to not have embarrassed Dems, They conspired to violate the rights of a US Citizen...
FUCK DOJ. Never cooperate with them, EVER!
I hope someday, they feel the wrath,

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MINNEAPOLIS -- One of the jurors who convicted Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd on Monday defended his participation in a protest last summer in Washington, D.C., following online speculation about his motives for serving on the jury and whether it might be grounds for appeal.
A photo, posted on social media, shows Brandon Mitchell, who is Black, attending the Aug. 28 event to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech during the 1963 March on Washington. Floyd’s brother and sister, Philonise and Bridgett Floyd, and relatives of others who have been shot by police addressed the crowd.
It shows Mitchell standing with two cousins and wearing a T-shirt with a picture of King and the words, “GET YOUR KNEE OFF OUR NECKS” and “BLM,” for Black Lives Matter. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds last May as Floyd said repeatedly that he couldn’t breathe.

Chauvin juror defends participation in Washington protest

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Discussion Starter · #28 ·
Chauvin’s Attorney Files Motion For New Trial After Juror Misconduct Revealed:

Minneapolis, MN – The defense attorney for former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin filed a motion for a new trial in Hennepin County District Court on Tuesday alleging the trial was tainted by bad behavior by state prosecutors and juror misconduct.

The motion filed by attorney Eric Nelson on May 4 also cited Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill’s failure to change the venue and sequester the jury from the media circus that accompanied the trial.

Nelson’s motion called for a new trial to be granted because Cahill’s abuse of discretion deprived Chauvin of a fair trial in numerous ways, including his denial of the defense’s motion for a new trial after “publicity during the proceedings threaten[ed] the fairness of the trial.”

The city of Minneapolis made the largest pre-trial settlement in U.S. history with Floyd’s family during jury selection, U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D-California) levied threats of what would happen without a guilty verdict, and black-clad vandals attacked the former home of one of the defense’s expert witnesses with pig’s blood before the trial had even finished.

“Such publicity included post-testimony, but predeliberation, intimidation of the defense’s expert witnesses, from which the jury was not insulated,” Nelson wrote in the motion. “Not only did such acts escalate the potential for prejudice in these proceedings, they may result in a far-reaching chilling effect on defendants’ ability to procure expert witness—especially in high-profile cases, such as those of Mr. Chauvin’s codefendants—to testify on their behalf.”

“The publicity here was so pervasive and so prejudicial before and during this trial that it amounted to a structural defect in the proceedings,” the motion read.

The motion pointed out that Cahill had “failed to sequester the jury for the duration of the trial, or in the least, admonish them to avoid all media, which resulted in jury exposure to prejudicial publicity regarding the trial during the proceedings, as well as jury intimidation and potential fear of retribution among jurors, which violated Mr. Chauvin’s constitutional rights to due process and to a fair trial.”

Legal experts have pointed out that Cahill never told the jury to avoid social media which was full of information and unconfirmed reports about the trial.

Nelson also alleged that the judge had violated Chauvin’s rights under the Confrontation Clause when he failed to order the passenger from Floyd’s vehicle the day he died to testify at trial.

Cahill also refused to allow witness statements Morries Hall made to law enforcement about the incident into evidence.

Hall announced he would plead the Fifth Amendment on the stand after Floyd’s girlfriend testified that he was the dead man’s drug dealer.

The motion also addressed prosecutorial misconduct by the state throughout the trial including improper vouching, failing to prepare witnesses, and disparaging the defense.

Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter by a Hennepin County jury on April 20.

Since his conviction, it was revealed that one of the jurors lied on his jury questionnaire when he said he hadn’t attended any of the George Floyd protests.

Brandon Mitchell, who was juror No. 52, has been making the media circuit talking about his experience deciding Chauvin’s fate and promoting his podcast.

In the process, Mitchell advocated using jury duty for social justice purposes and revealed he may have had an agenda.

During jury selection, Mitchell claimed he’d never even watched the entire video of Floyd’s death.

But once the trial was over and Chauvin had been convicted on all three charges, it turned out that Mitchell had engaged in activism.

Pictures posted to social media by a family member showed that Mitchell had actively participated in anti-police protests in Washington, DC last summer while wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt that said “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks.”

Mitchell told WCCO that he was in DC for a voter turnout march that had nothing to do with the protests.

But the shirt he was wearing in the pictures and his recent advocacy for juror activism told an entirely different story.

Chauvin’s sentencing is scheduled for June 25.

Prosecutors have filed a request for enhanced sentencing based on aggravating factors of the crime.
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