Three Americans Evaluate Derek Chauvin’s Trial


3 Ask America panelists

3 Ask America panelists

Tensions are rising in Minnesota this week as a jury in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin is preparing to make a verdict.

Chauvin faces two murders and one manslaughter over the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis last May.

Protesters crowded the streets in the name of Mr. Floyd in cities throughout the United States and around the world during the summer.

This trial is considered a referendum on US police.

African-American Political Hope, Minnesota Residents, and Retired Police Veterans Shared their thoughts with the BBC When the trial began in late March.

We contacted them again and they told them what stood out in the last three weeks.

Curtis Hayes

Curtis Hayes

A community activist, entrepreneur, and two fathers, Curtis was talked about last year with an ardent message about intergenerational injustices received by African Americans. He is currently running for the city council in his hometown of Charlotte.

What did you think of the cases presented by each side?

The state has filed a very solid proceeding with a very credible witness. I believe the defense “winned” for a few days, but the prosecution was stable and remained strong throughout the case.

Finally, defense tried to throw a wrench into it with the opinion that carbon monoxide might have been the cause of Floyd’s death. It feels like they were struggling to persuade or raise doubts about the jury. Their case was basically speculation and opinion about what happened, and they never had the hardcore facts.

What is the most noticeable moment for you?

When you become a law enforcement officer, the police will protect you and consider the investigations they carry out to be essentially yours. Whenever law enforcement officers stood there and testified to Chauvin, it was a moment of great courage for themselves and the department in which they served.

People wanted to see if the police chief and all the other police officers were going to hold this guy accountable for what he did, and I believe all of those moments were very important. I am. Uniformed police said no force was needed, which was what Chauvin was on trial. He killed this man for no reason.

What do you think the results of this exam will be?

The evidence is there. The facts are there. The testimony is there. Everything is there and we certainly need to come out with confidence. I hope the jury will give the fastest verdict in history and be guilty of the highest offense.

Hopefully this is a teaching moment for American police. It’s time to protect and serve. Hopefully they start putting police in a neighborhood where they can actually police those neighborhoods. The problem we are facing is that we are hiring police who do not interact with individuals living in these areas, do not know how to respond or deescalate, or do not want to handle the situation properly.

Melissa Dangalan

Melissa Dangalan

Melissa is a mixed-race resident of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and is the mother of two.As the trial is unfolding in her backyard, she is watching it carefully and wants to see some accountability.

What did you think of the cases presented by each side?

I think the state has set a good example. They brought witnesses and many experts with details. They did a good job. And they faced a competent defense. This is a fair trial and is important whether I agree with the defense or not.

The defense sought to claim that their police officers were distracted by bystanders who tried to portray them as a threatening crowd. I imagined myself there, but I didn’t think they looked threatening. They looked very worried, very upset and begging.

What is the most noticeable moment for you?

Listening to the testimony of bystanders, understanding how desperate they were, and “calling the police to the police” was a very moving testimony to me.

I keep thinking about the fire department EMT [paramedic] -Woman who wanted to check the pulse. She desperately provided medical care. It was hard to see her testimony, but I have to say that all the witnesses are memorable to me.

It’s a pain. Last year everything was sorrowful. Witnesses’ testimony was very upset. Everything didn’t have to happen. You feel hopeless and helpless because it is an overwhelming problem.

What do you think the results of this exam will be?

I think Derek Chauvin should be convicted. He has received three different accusations against him, and although he does not know the subtle differences between these different accusations, it is up to the jury to find the perfect accusation to convict him.

I still believe that if George Floyd didn’t meet the police that day, or if all his health problems and other things were mentioned, he would still be alive. I’m not talking to anyone who doesn’t think the police are responsible for his death. This community is full of emotions.

Randy Sutton

Randy Sutton

Randy is a retired police lieutenant who served in the military for 34 years in two states and founded The Wounded Blue, a national organization that trains law enforcement agencies for over 30 years and assists police officers injured and disabled. did.

What did you think of the cases presented by each side?

The case was controversial as expected.

Being a police officer or a police veteran these days is pretty frustrating. It is presumed guilty before innocence, which goes against the way the United States has established in providing justice.

The recruitment of officers is declining and is at stake. Who wants to be a police officer in this situation? Not many.

What is the most noticeable moment for you?

The testimony that George Floyd had no carotid artery damage was very convincing to me. This indicates that he was not suffocating from the neck.

And evidence that the backseat of the car contained fentanyl also showed that he was actually taking fentanyl, as the autopsy showed. Fentanyl causes severe dyspnea.

What do you think the results of this exam will be?

Given the political correctness and extraordinary pressure this jury is under, it is difficult to predict.

The unfortunate reality facing the country is that anything other than primary murder causes riots.

[Note: Chauvin has been charged with second degree murder, not first.]

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