Things are heating up here in Minneapolis
The tidal wave of emotions we’re all riding on as a result of watching the Chauvin trial is almost palpable. Derek Chauvin, a former police officer and disgraced citizen of Minneapolis, has been arrested and charged with the murder of George Floyd.
The trial originally began on March 29, with day after day of moving testimonies speaking to Floyd’s “character,” racial injustices that are felt by all, and decades of debts that must be paid by white privilege. Among them were onlookers who stood by on the evening of May 25, 2020, friends and family of Floyd, and a number of medical and law enforcement professionals who claimed that Chauvin’s actions were “unwarranted and unjustified.” All seemed intent on roasting the police officer who stands as a shining example of apparent racial tensions and inequalities that have Democrats screaming for justice.
11 days, 38 witnesses, countless video clips. What have we learned?
Well, it’s pretty evident that Chauvin found out who his true “blue” friends were during the period of prosecution. Among the relationship traitors were Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, who claimed that the use of force Chauvin applied to Floyd was “unprovoked and uncalled for.” Now Chauvin’s not winning any greater Minneapolis popularity contests here, either. Thanks to worldwide exposure on social media and the internet, his actions placed him before a judge and jury of millions of bloodthirsty onlookers. Chauvin’s self-esteem must have taken an even bigger hit when he found out that the Minnesota Attorney General would be taking a heavy hand at executing the prosecution. Can’t the poor guy call in any favors?
Don’t feel too bad…..the trial’s most likely a sensationalized and even staged event (or being used as one) to evoke intentionally directed civil tensions that would move us closer to a permanent racial divide in this country.
Take a breath, find some new unconventional media sources, and continue to open your mind. We’re proud of you.
READ: Chain Reactions: Questioning the Derek Chauvin Trial, by Kinsley Kurtz
Thanks, prosecution! Now it’s on to the defense…..
How can such compelling arguments possibly be followed by a sizzling defense campaign? The whole premise of Chauvin’s defense team is that while his actions may have been seen as extreme or uber-aggressive, that it was not the nearly nine minutes that he spent on Floyd’s back but a combination of other elements much more sinister and scandalous.
Among the more notable points in the defense’s testimonies were:
- The fact that George Floyd had a history of criminal violations and altercations with police
- Floyd struggled with opioid addiction for several years; this was part of his criminal background documentation
- Floyd had underlying medical conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure that likely contributed to his death.
- At the time that Floyd was pronounced dead by medical examiners, he had a number of illicit drugs in his system, including alcohol, fentanyl, and opioids. A medical examiner for the defense confirmed that the level of fentanyl in Floyd’s blood was a “lethal dose”.
A perfect storm
All of the arguments presented by defense seemed to point to the perfect cocktail for disaster; underlying medical conditions exacerbated by the use of restraint and a number of drugs flowing freely through Floyd’s system, and you might as well have the coroner on hold…..it’s only going to be a matter of time.
Some stunning plot twists
On the final day of testimony, a number of surprising events made legal drudgery a bit more interesting to the average joe. Chauvin exercised his fifth amendment right not to testify on his own behalf, and we would pay money to hear just a few of the thoughts floating through his shaved head right about now.
Judge Peter Cahill rejected a proposal by the prosecution to bring in new evidence presented by a pulmonologist who claimed that Floyd’s CO2 levels were at a higher concentration than what would be considered to be “safe.” It seems that even Cahill was getting tired of the prosecution’s antics to continue to present new evidence at the eleventh hour with no regard for proper courtroom protocol.
Both sides reluctantly rested their cases, with closing arguments set to begin on Monday, April 19.
So what does this mean going forward?
With tensions on the rise and a global agenda to put in place, it’s anyone’s game at this point. One thing’s for sure–as the trial commences on Monday with wrap-up to come soon after, worldwide eyes are on the trial and the civil unrest that is already amping up as we prepare for worldwide bedlam.
What do you think the verdict be?
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