When I heard the Chauvin verdict, I knew that fear and intimidation had triumphed over justice. Chauvin didn’t murder Floyd; Floyd died of an overdose. If you do the most basic of research and read the medical examiner’s report, that is incredibly clear.
That would be bad enough. In fact, it would be quite bad. But it’s not all. You see, it turns out that at least one juror in the Chauvin trial was a pro-BLM activist. Here are the facts.
Fact #1: Juror Brandon Mitchell (a Black Man) Attended a BLM Rally in DC Last August
According to the Star Tribune, “A juror in the Derek Chauvin murder trial attended the March on Washington anniversary last summer.”
That juror’s name is Brandon Mitchell. He said he was at that event because: “The opportunity to go to D.C., the opportunity to be around thousands and thousands of Black people; I just thought it was a good opportunity to be a part of something.”
So, he cares about race and attended a pro-BLM rally in D.C.
Fact #2: Mitchell Wore Pro-BLM Apparel at that Rally
According to Mitchell, the rally was about MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech and was not in any way tied to George Floyd or BLM. That’s probably because a question on the juror questionnaire stated, again according to the Star Tribune, “Did you, or someone close to you, participate in any of the demonstrations or marches against police brutality that took place in Minneapolis after George Floyd’s death?” and another asked, “Other than what you have already described above, have you, or anyone close to you, participated in protests about police use of force or police brutality?” He would want his answers now to align with his answers on the form, which were both “no,” however untrue those answers were.
Evidence of what he was wearing at the afrementioned rally proves that his remarks are false. Here’s a picture of him at the event:
If you look closely, it’s obvious that Mitchell (on the right) is wearing a shirt that says “GET YOUR KNEE OFF OUR NECKS” and “BLM.” So, at the time, he viewed the march as being in some way connected to Floyd (because of the connection between the shirt and Chauvin putting his knee on Floyd’s neck) and also felt the need to wear a shirt supporting BLM. That would indicate that he did, in fact, attend an anti-police protest.
Why It Matters
According to American Greatness, “Mitchell’s attendance at the protest, as well as his wearing such clothing, indicates that he lied during his jury selection process.”
If he lied on the jury selection form, then the entire trial could be declared a mistrial. Jurors are supposed to be unbiased and give both sides a fair hearing, especially the defendant in criminal cases. Thanks to these recent revelations about Mitchell, it doesn’t appear that Chauvin got a fair hearing from at least one juror.
Perhaps a mistrial will be declared and this judicial travesty will be fixed! Again according to American Greatness, “The revelations about Mitchell have some legal experts suggesting that a legitimate appeal on the conviction could be made by Chauvin’s defense team. There had been previous suggestions about a possible appeal and overturning of the conviction after several prominent elected officials, including Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Joe Biden openly suggested, prior to the verdict, that Chauvin should be found guilty. Chauvin was ultimately convicted on all three counts, which included second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, even though the official autopsy report confirmed that Floyd died of a fentanyl overdose.“