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The Hidden Horror of the Derek Chauvin Trial Exposed

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As America watched the cold blooded murder of George Floyd last summer, the graphic and horrifying scene spilled into our living rooms with stunning brutality, the country uttered a collective gasp. Even my Trump loving relatives - at first - were quick to say this was blatant, inexcusable murder - an execution in broad daylight, pure and simple.

That was the weight of this video. Of course it didn't take the right wing media long to walk their viewers down another path - to slowly, step by step, do what they always do and blame the victim. I watched with dismay as my parents, who harbor many racist attitudes, acknowledged the wrong done to Floyd in those first days, only to visit each week and hear the metamorphosis of their views as Floyd's past was dredged up by conservative pundits. I listened as they dismissed the attention to Floyd's murder as the "liberal media" using race to divide us. I heard all the same old cliches - that there is no such thing as racism - that it's all a media manipulation - that there is only one race - the human race - and other bullshit always brazenly spit by old white people who have lived their whole privileged lives free from ever experiencing racism.

The right wing media didn't stop there. They tore down Breonna Taylor saying "yeah its sad but when you hang out with drug dealers you sometimes get caught in the crossfire". No matter that she wasn't with a drug dealer. No concern that she was at home innocently sleeping in her own bed when she was murdered by incompetent police who were at the wrong house. All that matters was she was black and had, at some point in her life, made a mistake - therefore making her, like Floyd, what Noam Chomsky calls an "unworthy" victim.

Of course all old white Fox viewers became instantly enamoured with Candice Owens, famous for being a black woman who appears on Fox and makes YouTube videos blaming black people for their own problems - because nothing makes a white person feel more justified in their racism than when a person of color endorses their racist ideology. "Look Candice Owens even says I'm not racist - I'm right!"

Owens even defended the totally unjustified, modern day lynching of Ahmed Aubrey in at the hands of three racists in her YouTube "analysis" of the incident. Owens completely ignores the multiple felonies of the racist attackers (who were so unconcerned about facing consequences for their actions they record a video themselves committing the felonies) - while simultaneously trying to cast suspicion on Aubry's actions, suggesting he looked like he was running away from the alleged trespass/theft not merely jogging. Her evidence? She said he was wearing boots, not running shoes. Which in fact, was not even true.

As disgusting and depressing as all of this is, the defense offered this week in the trial of Derek Chauvin was even more revolting. Chauvin's Attorney Eric Nelson meandered pathetically through a myriad of weak attacks on the prosecution's case, flailing between the extremes of presenting Chauvin as a man in complete control of the scene, calmly following procedures to an outnumbered officer in desperate peril, surrounded by an angry hysterical mob who could attack him at any moment.

But as I listened to Nelson develop his argument, the truly terrifying proposal he was constructing crystalized as he questioned the use of force experts on Tuesday. The idea that Chauvin, the officer who committed the murder, can not really be judged by any of us - he is abolve judgement from average citizens, fellow police officer and even experts - why? Because Chavin held the unique position of being the only person who was there, on the scene, who was the in all powerful position of being the authority on scene, the highest man with a badge and a gun, whose perceptions of reality determined all decisions about what would happen that day - including whether George Floyd would live to see another day. No one else in the universe meets all of those criteria. And Nelson's arguement is building to the conclusion that this unique position is by design so despite any facts that may support Chauvin committed murder, we simply lack the capacity to question him, because we are not him. I call this the "God defense"

Nelson was unable to deny the brutal video played over and over from multiple angles, much of it never seen before. Witness after witness, many of them seasoned officers with rank, talked about how Floyd posed absolutely no threat to Chauvin and should have been given aid. Bystanders helplessly talked of how they begged for Floyd's life to be spared. How could Nelson possibly defend Chauvin against all of this? He had to have the jury see Chauvin as having some anointed position above these other officers and witnesses.

Nelson depicting the witnesses "angry mob" was risky because the jury just witnessed their emotional testimony and like the jurors, these witnesses are from various backgrounds and did not choose to be participants in this event. The jury are human beings and may share some empathy with these witnesses. But with so much against Chauvin, Nelson had no other choice. He clearly couldn't prove that Floyd was a danger, so he had to make the jury see the onlookers as a "threat", and a least as ignorant bystanders who don't understand police or why police "have" to take the actions they do.

Some of Nelson's attempts blew up in his face. When questioning off duty EMT Genivieve Hansen who desperately tried to persuade officers to let her check Floyd's pulse, Nelson pressed her to admit she was angry. Her response?

"I don't know if you've seen anybody killed but it's upsetting."

Her answer was not only blunt, but her anger was palpable. The audacity of Nelson to portray Hansen, a bystander who begged to help, as a threat - was a disaster. If the jury did see her as being angry, I can only imagine they also saw a motion was justified - righteous anger. That was on day 2.

And who could forget the testimony of Charles McMillan, the older black man who broke down in tears, another onlooker who rather than being an adversary to Chauvin tried to tell Floyd to comply with the police. Hardly a threatening figure despite his harsh words for Chauvin after the incident. That was day 3.

But on day 7 as Nelson struggled through the obstacle course of testimony constructed by other officers outlining the multiple violations of training, policy and procedure by Chauvin - he made a shocking assertion.

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I dread to think what will happen if this jury allows Chauvin to walk. Not because of the riots that are likely to ensue, but because of the anarchy they will unleash by placing police above the law. No matter how many times we experience a great injustice, allowed to go on for years because the perptrators were "above reproach" we never seem to learn the lesson. I hope this time will be different.

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Outstanding article Miss Goddard. I have not had a chance to watch much of the trial, but I trust your assessment - and based on it, I do not see how he can be aquitted. I think I read somewhere that psychologists say he had a "power high", or something similar. So much adrenaline...he basically lost track of everything. I'm curious if that was/will be a flat out defense. It seems that the defense is sort of circling that route. Great piece!

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I have a different theory. Having done security work for 13 years I can attest to a dynamic that occurs between the authority figure and the subject/crowd. As the officer you are trained to assert control over a scene with a certain confidence because if you seem unsure of yourself, you will quickly lose the perception in the subjects mind, that you have control. Much of security work and police work is psychological. Your demeanor when you arrive must be assertive but respectful and to create the psychological belief that you are in control. As the subject tries to gain control through bullying, threatening etc. You have to remain calm and continue to try and deescalate. If I am removing a patron who is intoxicated and his friends start to try to "negotiate" or argue or intimidate, I simply have to restate what needs to happen and continue to try and get compliance. If the people taunting see a reaction that demonstrates you are intimidated or waivering they will push harder. So in one sense you have to stick to your guns BUT if the individual asks respectfully for you to consider another alternative and that alternative is possible to acquiece is still your maintaining control. Because you have taken in addition facts and YOU have made a NEW decision. Its not giving in but to some cops/security they refuse to listen at all for fear of their control being compromised. Usually if you are removing someone, or arresting them, you aren't going to give in. But for example, if you show up to an "intoxicated" person and while you are trying to remove the person a friend shows up and tells you the person is a diabetic and their behavior can be due to their medical condition it is appropriate to change course. It does require you to acknowledge your assessment was in error. I think Chauvin was in a power struggle in his mind and the louder the crowd got the more he decided they weren't going to take control - HE was in charge and HE was going to say what would happen. It was ego. He was afraid that changing course would be acknowleging he made a mistake.

Thanks for the feedback!

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If he is aquitted, the justice system is broken beyond repair.

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I'm a full believer in the right to a competent defense, but this crosses the line into justifying any behavior at all in the name of maintaining authority. This lawyer is an insult to his profession.

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Aren't lawyers suppose to defend their clients to the best of their ability? Isn't that what all the TV shows tell us?

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