When we noted the New York Times' piece about the demographic make up of the jurors in the Derek Chauvin trial of the death of George Floyd, despite the fact that the courts have given said jurors anonymity, we saw it as a direct case of attempted jury intimidation.
The images of a white cop with his knee on the "neck" of a black man that ended up dying, were splashed on every front page of every major news outlet, spoken about at length on every cable and prime time news show, and blared across social media, with the result of a "guilty" in the court of public opinion without ever even having a trial.
So, again, why the need to attempt to intimidate the jury if it is such a slam dunk case?
A reminder....These people are given anonymity in order to prevent social or media from influencing the jurors.
The major charges against Chauvin are manslaughter and second and third degree murder charges.
With BLM and Antifa exploding across the U.S. with riots, looting, arson and vandalism, as well as attacks against innocent bystanders, the media, social media, prosecutors, all decided, without a trial, Chauvin was guilty, after all the viral video and images showed his knee on Floyd's neck, right?
No so fast.................
Reports are now out about some of the evidence presented by the defense, which may be enough to cause reasonable doubt over the "narrative" presented by the media and prosecution, such as first-time seen images from a different angle that clearly show the knee on Floyd's back, not his neck.
The images did not show what it looked like from the front, the viral images and video shown over and over by the media covered those front angles in wall-to-wall coverage, but what the media did not show Americans, was the images presented by the defense, shown below.
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The one on the left shows the knee to the back, but hides the neck so that isn't the one damning for the media and social media and prosecutors trying to appease the nearly 15 million protestors and rioters in the early Floyd riots, but the one on the right, is clear.
Floyd's entire neck can be seen, as can the officer's knee on his upper back...not his neck.
Was is still too aggressive? Were their protocols in need of major rehauls? Most likely yes. Does that make this a slam dunk murder? That is for the jury to decide.
I'll admit these images shocked the heck out of me because news outlets avoided these pictures, from these angles in their desire to convict Chauvin in the court of public opinion, so the only images I saw, were the ones that went viral.
Along with these images being seen for the first time since the tragic incident, the defense also entered the the actual blood work reports which found methamphetamine and fentanyl in his system, along with previous heart issues.
It was a recipe for disaster from the get-go.
Defense attorney Eric Nelson told the jury the autopsy found “a mixture of methamphetamine and fentanyl.”
“This is what’s called a Speedball – a mixture of an opioid and a stimulant,” Nelson said. “The evidence will show that Mr. Floyd died of a cardiac arrhythmia that occurred a result of hypertension, his coronary disease, ingestion of methamphetamine and fentanyl, and the adrenaline flowing through his body.”
Yet another aspect here is even after the defense offered up the first time seen images of Chauvin knee on Floyd's back, the media has either ignored it or downplayed it to the point that if the jury finds reasonable doubt as to the murder charges, it will blindside protestors, making the subsequent riots even worse than they could be should the media honestly inform their audience.
Almost every account I am finding still says Chuavin's knee was on Floyd's neck, without acknowledgement of images that show different.
The media are treating evidence presented by the defense as "believe what we tell you, not what your eyes see," while refusing to show the images that do not fit their preferred narrative.
The prosecutors, for their part are doing their jobs, bringing in family members to tearfully testify and pulling on the jurors heartstrings, while presenting evidence they believe justifies a murder charge rather than a manslaughter charge, but as of yet downplaying and ignoring the evidence by the defense which quite possibly herald reasonable doubt.
The problem with the coverage of this trial is the prosecution's arguments are seeing far more coverage than the defense, because they do not want the public to see anything that would cause reasonable doubt.
PREPARE FOR RIOTING IF CHAUVIN FOUND NOT GUILTY OF MURDER
Adding the manslaughter charges were smart on behalf of the prosecutors because it is obvious they too have these images and reports, but a guilty verdict on manslaughter will not appease the rioters who have been convinced by the media from day one that Chauvin cold-bloodily murdered Floyd.
The data from the original protests and riots in states across the nation, give us a good idea of how bad things will get if the juror find reasonable doubt as to the murder charges.
At least 15 million people across the United States protested in the weeks following George Floyd’s death
George Floyd Square operation
George Floyd Square, a so-called autonomous zone in Minneapolis covering six blocks, has been operating for 307 days.
Victims of nationwide protests
At least 18 people, including eight African Americans, have died as a result of nationwide protests and riots following George Floyd’s death.
Monetary damage as a result of George Floyd protests, riots
According to a local economic development official, the monetary damage as a result of protests and riots in the Minneapolis area amounts to at least $350 million.
Total cost of riots and civil disorders
According to Axios, the total costs of the riots and civil disorders following Floyd's death is estimated to cost between $1 billion and $2 billion. Axios noted the insured losses to the insurance industry nationally is "more than any other violent demonstrations in recent history."
That was the protests over the death....now imagine how much worse this will be if the jury finds reasonable doubt and does not convict Chauvin of the harshest of charges, second-degree murder.
No one can definitively predict what the jury will do, nor if the previous coverage of only showing the viral vide from one angle had already influenced the jury, or even if the media attention and major outlets wring pieces about "who" the jury is, has intimidated them, but this entire issue makes one thing abundantly clear.
Nobody should ever be tried in the court of public opinion.
Our justice system is flawed, in some cases corrupt, and it isn't always fair and doesn't always work, but it is far better than allowing the media to determine innocence or guilt.
Make no mistake, no matter how this trial turns out, there will be riots. Either protesters upset that the charge wasn't first degree murder, even though that would have to have premeditation shown, or if only the manslaughter charges stick, they will riot because Chuavin wasn't found guilty of murder.
I repeat, no matter the result of the trial, there will be riots because as has been noted and documented over the past few years, radical groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM), are just looking for anything to riot over.
Whatever happens, there will be riots and they will be bad, if not worse, than they original ones over Floyd's death.
In the interest of fairness, both the defense attorney's opening statement, and the prosecutions opening statement are shown below.
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