A juror voted unanimously to convict a former white Minneapolis police officer for the murder of George Floyd. He said the deliberations were mainly used to persuade a person who was uncertain about the jury’s instructions.
Brandon Mitchell is the first juror in the Derek Chauvin trial Talk publicly about his experience. Another juror who was fired before the review, Lisa Christensen, spoke to reporters last week and said she would convict the vote. Chauvin
Mitchell, 31, said of the deliberations: “I think it should have been 20 minutes.”
Mitchell is black. He told ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday that most of the discussion was spent on terminology and “make sure we understand the exact Requirements”. The identities of jurors and alternate members are protected by the order of the judge.
“I think that juror is a little bit-I won’t say let us slow down-but it was subtle in the whole process, not to mention just hanging up a few words in the description. They want to make sure they got it right.” Er said.
Mitchell first shared his story with gospel artist Erica Campbell on a podcast. Mitchell wrote in the jury questionnaire that he wanted to serve as a juror, “because after the incident All the protests and everything that happened. This is the most historic case in my life and I am happy to be a part of it.”
Mitchell speculated that he was chosen as a juror because of his gentle manner.He said the photos during the trial Trouble him.
“It’s dark. It feels like every day is a funeral, watching someone die every day.” Mitchell told CNN. “Every day I am nervous. I am not nervous, but it is a lot of pressure. It is a lot of pressure.”
Prosecutors said that Shavin pinned a black Freud on the sidewalk outside the Minneapolis Cup food on May 25 for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. Freud was accused of forging a $20 bill in the store. Since being fired, the other three officers face trial in August.
The prosecutor played many videos for the jury, including a bystander video of the teenager Darnella Frazier Within a few hours after Floyd’s death, the whole world could see this. The video and the police officer’s body camera video captured bystanders yelling at Chauvin. The other officers got out of the car and let Floyd get out of the car, warning them that he was cutting off his breath and asking them to perform a pulse check.
Mitchell told Good Morning America that he believed that the jury was not affected by the tensions in Minneapolis, nor was he worried about the impact of their verdict. there will be. Floyd’s death triggered protests around the world, sometimes violence, and a fierce re-examination of racism and policing in the United States.
“We didn’t watch the news, so we didn’t know what happened. We were really just locked in the case. The case was under too much pressure. These things are so secondary because, literally, throughout the trial, You are observing someone’s death every day. This pressure alone is enough to make you concentrate on everything beyond the four walls of the courtroom.” He said.
Mitchell also said that he believes that Shavin hurt himself by choosing not to testify.
He said: “A position against him may be against him because people are curious about his thoughts throughout the incident.
After a discussion of attention and contemplation, Mitchell said that he has been decompressing.
Mitchell said to Campbell: “Now I start to feel that my shoulders have lifted heavy objects.”
Mitchell also stated that he is not worried about the safety of breaking the silence.
“I am a positive person. Therefore, I am not too worried about this. He told “CBS this morning”.
Find the Associated Press’s full report on the death of George Floyd at: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-george-floyd