The Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd entered day 4 on April 1, 2021. The prosecution has presented compelling bystander witnesses who witnessed Chauvin kill Mr. Floyd before their own eyes. The eyewitnesses present a story of humanity as they persistently tried to get Chauvin to take his knee off of Floyd’s neck for almost ten minutes. And these witnesses who didn’t know Mr. Floyd are joined together forever. The witnesses must relive the incident from the young store clerk who took the alleged $20 fake bill, the off-duty EMT- firefighter who wanted to render aid to Floyd, the elderly man who knew Chauvin from the neighborhood to the paramedic who arrived on the scene and wanted to resuscitate a lifeless Mr. Floyd “to give a him a second chance at life.” Floyd’s girlfriend of three years brought George Floyd to life as a person in the courtoom–beyond the ten minutes that everyone witnessed on video. She described Floyd as a good father, a good son and a good friend.
All of the witnesses testified about feelings of emotional pain and guilt. The only one who should feel guilt and be found guilty is Chauvin. He remains stoic as he sits on trial.
To date, the prosecution has done an admirable job at presenting the case. The defense’s job is to get at least one juror to side with Chauvin to cause a mistrial or hung jury versus a unanimous guilty verdict of murder by 12 jurors. The world is watching to see how the American criminal justice system will decide.
Each weekday, I will be giving legal commentary on the Thom Hartmann show at 1:50 p.m. ET. Thom’s program airs live on SiriusXM satellite radio (Progress ch.127) and on both commercial and nonprofit stations from coast to coast. It is video simulcast live on Free Speech TV
Here’s the first two shows from March 25 and March 30, 2021. Others will be posted as they become available.