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According to our justice system everyone is entitled to a fair trial and anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty. With that in mind, can the Minneapolis, Minnesota policeman, Derek Chauvin, who is accused of 2nd degree murder in George Floyd's death, really get a fair trial in this highly charged racial environment that is gripping the country, especially in Minneapolis where the trial is going to be held?
I'm not per-determining the outcome of Officer Chauvin's trial, we'll let the jurors determine his guilt or innocence. But, let's go over the facts as we know it now before the trial begins.
On May 25, 2020, a shop owner called the police because a man, later identified as George Floyd, tried to pass a phony $20 bill. The police arrived and confronted George Floyd, questioning him about the phony bill. During the course of questioning George Floyd, George appeared to be in an agitated and combative state. While being interrogated, Floyd got in his car, started acting hysterical, and when asked to get out of the car, he refused.
This was when the confrontation became physical between Floyd and the police. When Floyd refused to exit his car, the police opened the car door and tried to remove him. Once they got him out of the car, the police managed to put him in handcuffs, despite Floyd resisting their efforts. As the situation became more physical, Floyd continued to actively resist the police. Floyd was ranting and foaming at the mouth as he resisted, and the police asked him if he ingested any drugs. He said no, but his behavior belied his actions. Even during this time, Floyd complained about having trouble breathing. As his volatile actions continued, he was asked to get in the back of the police car.
Floyd physically resisted getting into the police car so the police put him on the ground to be restrained. During this time of restraining him, Officer Derek Chauvin placed his knee on the neck of Floyd, as the police manual said a policeman should do in this kind of situation. Floyd again, stated that he couldn't breathe. This lasted a little over 8 minutes when Floyd finally quieted down and seemed to pass out. An ambulance was called and he was transported to the hospital where Floyd was pronounced dead.
During the entire incident, the policemen with Chauvin, were filming what was happening with their police cameras. The photos of Chauvin kneeling on the neck of Floyd looked like he was unduly restraining Floyd. Some claimed, that Chauvin, a white policeman, was doing what he did because Floyd was a black man and thus, it was an act of police brutality.
As we all know now, once Floyd's death was broadcast and the pictures displaying Chauvin kneeling on his neck were made public, the black agitators, BLM (Black Lives Matter), mobilized the black community into protesting Floyd's death at the hands of the police. This protest, agitated by BLM, erupted into days and weeks of arson, pillaging and looting, and violence, thus causing millions of dollars of damage to the area of Minneapolis where the incident took place. The riots were not confined only to Minneapolis, but the mayhem and frenzy continued around the country in the name of George Floyd's death.
Officer Chauvin and his fellow officers were promptly accused of murder of an unarmed “innocent” black man even before any evidence was presented about what happened. The term “racist police” was the cry of the rioters as the “race card” was used to influence the angst of the public against the Minneapolis police and to justify the rioting. This narrative was mainly used by left-wing racial arsonists, to discredit the police and to pre-judge the police as racist murderers.
Weeks and months after the death of Floyd, the medical examiner came out with his autopsy report that George Floyd had ingested “Meth” and had a lethal amount of Fentynal in his system, and in addition he had an enlarged heart which contributed to his death. This, along with the restraint by Officer Chauvin, all contributed to the death of Floyd.
All this information, along with the past criminal history of Floyd, will be brought out during the trial, but with potential mob violence lurking if Chauvin is found not guilty. This fear might tarnish the decision of the jurors as they don't want to see another violent spree in their city. Will they convict to avoid the potential violence and mayhem and ignore the possible evidence that points to an acquittal of Officer Chauvin? What will be the outcome? Who knows? Let's just hope that justice will be served.
Conservative Commentary by Chuck Lehmann
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