One of the jurors on the Derek Chauvin trial who claimed to have no knowledge of the George Floyd civil case was photographed back in August 2020 wearing a shirt that read, “Get your knee off our necks” and “BLM” along with a Black Lives Matter hat. He also stated last week that he saw jury duty as a means to, “Spark some change.”
Brandon Mitchell, also known as juror # 52 promised Judge Cahill on March 15 that he had no knowledge of the George Floyd case prior to being summoned for jury duty, however it now appears that was a lie.
Juror #52 wrote in his jury questionnaire that he wondered why other police officers at the scene did not intervene in #GeorgeFloyd deadly arrest. He recognizes the historic nature of the case. Defense says he is an acceptable juror. So state's turn to question. #DerekChauvinTral
— Paul Blume (@PaulBlume_FOX9) March 15, 2021
On April 27 Mitchell spoke about what happened during jury deliberations for the Derek Chauvin trial on Get Up! Mornings With Erica Campbell. He stated that he saw jury duty as an opportunity to promote societal change.
“I mean it’s important if we wanna see some change, we wanna see some things going different, we gotta into these avenues, get into these rooms to try to spark some change, Jury duty is one of those things. Jury duty. Voting. All of those things we gotta do.” – Brandon Mitchell
While Mitchell claims he had no prior knowledge of the George Floyd case a Facebook post from August 2020 suggests otherwise.
In an interview with Law & Crime Network on April 29 Mitchell stated that it only took the jury five or six hours to determine the verdict.
WATCH: Find out which charge jurors immediately found ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of. Law&Crime’s Jesse Weber @jessecordweber has an in-depth conversation with the first Derek Chauvin trial juror to talk about deliberations. pic.twitter.com/7viTMSGgQG
— Law&Crime Network (@LawCrimeNetwork) April 29, 2021
“The jury definitely figured out manslaughter within the first hour, right away, third degree took maybe three and a half hours, second degree murder we figured out maybe thirty, forty-five minutes.” – Brandon Mitchell
This piece was written by Zach Heilman on May 2, 2021. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.
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