And the Persecution Rests
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Having watched the trial so far it’s clear to me the 14 odd prosecution team of hotshot lawyers are getting their ar$e handed to them by Chauvin’s one and only lawyer, Eric Nelson. As a defence attorney he is making the prosecution case look like amateur hour. He’s become an internet sensation.
In a fair, just and impartial world Chauvin wins this case all day long on the evidence but political pressures, media bias, and safety fears are likely to sway some on the jury. How many remains to be seen.
In nearly a year since George Floyd’s death and with the prosecution having presented their case I’m still waiting for the evidence that Officer Chauvin is a racist cop in a racist police department who deliberately killed Mr Floyd because he was black. Where's the history of proven racist behaviour by Mr Chauvin? If it existed the prosecution would have jumped all over it.
The media reporting of this trial has been typically one-sided and misleading. That’s because they are so heavily invested in a guilty verdict. The prosecution case has so many holes in it. Even the judge has had to warn prosecution witnesses and attorneys about sticking to the facts and for calling silly irrelevant witnesses who all seem to be very tearful and emotional when on the witness stand. Why Floyd’s brother testified is a mystery to me - he wasn’t there on that fateful day. The prosecution is hoping emotion will influence the jurors as the evidence is not anywhere near beyond reasonable doubt.
Quite the contrary, the evidence shows that Mr Floyd died of a drug overdose and not from officer Chauvin’s knee.
Here is what we know so far...
When the police approached Floyd’s car he had his drug dealer, Morries Hall, in the front passenger seat. This man has refused to testify on the grounds his testimony may incriminate him. In Minnesota if you sell drugs to someone and they die from them you will be charged with murder. It’s no wonder he won’t testify and it’s no wonder the prosecution were quite happy for him not to testify. And to make things worse the judge ruled against the drug dealer’s statement he gave to police as a material witness in the case being introduced into evidence. Why wouldn’t the DA grant Mr Hall immunity from prosecution to testify? The powers that be are stacking the deck doing their best to ensure a conviction.
Floyd resisted arrest and police directions and swallowed a handful of pills laced with meth and fentanyl. This is not in dispute, pills were found on the pavement and in the police car with his DNA on it. This is what eventually killed him. The toxicology report reveals he took 4 times a lethal dose. Also, being in an agitated state a doctor gave evidence that an increase of adrenaline would have compromised his breathing further. He had an enlarged heart and significant heart disease among other conditions. He had overdosed on the same pills a month before with the same symptoms of foaming in the mouth, a pain in his stomach and breathing difficulty.
Police testified the use of the knee to restrain an offender resisting arrest is common practice in the Minneapolis Police Department and other police forces. It is in the police manual and taught to officers to protect offenders and law enforcement and members of the public. Officer Chauvin followed procedure. Floyd was complaining “I can’t breathe” as the drugs took affect long before he asked to be placed on the ground.
Floyd’s girlfriend testified that his pet name for her was “Mama”. That’s who he was calling out for on the ground - not his dead mother as the media recklessly and dishonestly repeated to support their own narrative. Their coverage was, and is, disgraceful and reprehensible.
The autopsy showed there was no bruising on Floyd’s neck which dispels the myth that considerable pressure was applied. In fact, bodycam footage at different angles shows that Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s shoulder blades for much of the time.
Much was made of the cause of death being asphyxia. The prosecution tried to sway the jury by arguing it was Chauvin’s knee that caused it but under cross-examination the medical examiner revealed that asphyxia is entirely consistent with a drug overdose. Mr Floyd’s breathing passages were already narrowed from advanced heart disease which was a contributing factor to a diminished oxygen supply. And as I mentioned above, there was no bruising on the neck.
Well, it’s getting late. I’m sure looking forward to Eric Nelson presenting the defence case in the coming days. Nothing the prosecution has presented could be remotely called a slam dunk and I can’t see 12 impartial jurors bringing back a verdict of guilty based on the evidence.
But this is the new woke America where everything is viewed through the prism of race!
If Derek Chauvin was a black police officer or Floyd a white guy his death would have been ruled an unfortunate overdose and the world would have just moved on.
Copyright © Keith Trestrail | Year Posted 2021
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