Beyond St George Floyd By Charles Taylor (Florida)

I was about to type another related article then this flashed across my screen, that Chauvin’s attorney files motion for a new trial. I am not surprised given the multiple grounds, including jury misconduct, which we have covered at this blog.

“Derek Chauvin's attorney has filed a motion in Hennepin County, Minnesota, requesting a new trial for the disgraced former Minneapolis police officer, citing jury misconduct and other factors.

On April 20, Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.”

That is all available now, the story came through only 22 minutes ago, but 22 hours by the time you read it. Well, have continued the article and back with more:

“Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has asked a judge for a new trial two weeks after he was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd, court records showed.

  • Chavin's lawyer said the court abused its discretion and that the verdict should be impeached
  • He said the jury committed misconduct, felt pressured, and/or failed to adhere to jury instructions
  • One of the jurors participated in a march to honour Martin Luther King Jr

In a series of motions filed to District Court Judge Peter Cahill, Chavin's lawyer, Eric Nelson, said his client was deprived of a fair trial, adding there was prosecutorial and jury misconduct and errors of law, and that the verdict was contrary to the law. 

Chauvin, who is white, was convicted last month of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 25 death of Mr Floyd, a black man.

Evidence at trial showed Chauvin pressed his knee against Mr Floyd’s neck for 9.5 minutes, even after Mr Floyd said he couldn't breathe and went motionless.

Defence lawyer Eric Nelson said Judge Peter Cahill abused the discretion of the court and violated Chauvin's right to due process and a fair trial when he denied Mr Nelson's request to move the trial to another county due to pretrial publicity. 

He also said Judge Cahill abused his discretion when he denied an earlier request for a new trial based on publicity during the proceedings, which Mr Nelson said threatened the fairness of the trial. 

Mr Nelson also took issue with Mr Cahill’s refusal to sequester the jury for the trial or admonish them to avoid all media, and with his refusal to allow a man who was with Mr Floyd at the time of his arrest to testify.

Mr Nelson asked the judge to impeach the verdict on the grounds that the jury committed misconduct, felt pressured, and/or failed to adhere to jury instructions, though the filing did not include details about that assertion.

To impeach a verdict is to question its validity.

The brief did not mention recent reports that one of the jurors participated in an August 28 march in Washington, DC, to honour Martin Luther King, Jr.

A photo that was shared on social media showed juror Brandon Mitchell at the rally wearing a black T-shirt with a picture of Martin Luther King Jr, with the words "Get your knee off our necks".

Mr Mitchell, has defended his actions, saying the event was to commemorate the 1963 March on Washington and was not a protest over Mr Floyd's death.

"The opportunity to go to DC, the opportunity to be around thousands and thousands of black people; I just thought it was a good opportunity to be a part of something," Mr Mitchell told the Star Tribune.

Mr Mitchell told the Star Tribune that the march held historic significance beyond the Chauvin case.

"This was a big deal," he said of the event. "It's a national thing."

Mr Floyd's brother and sister, Philonise and Bridgett Floyd, and relatives of others who had been shot by police addressed the crowd at the march last summer. 

Mr Nelson did not immediately return a message seeking details on his allegation of juror misconduct.”

All I can say is: go for it! If this now sacred case gets squashed by a technicality, how mad will the Left be? We will get to know the meaning of “insurrection.”






Then there is this one which shows real police brutality, but as it is against a white, so well, nothing.

“On June 26, 2020, Karen Garner, 73, walked from her home to the local Walmart two blocks away to get some supplies. Everything that happened after this trip to Walmart is now the subject of an excessive force lawsuit against the Loveland Police Department because they have no idea how to treat elderly women with dementia. For nearly a year, the cops who savagely attacked the elderly woman thought they got away with it. However, thanks to a lawsuit and the release of body camera and surveillance footage, that is all changing.

On Tuesday, the Loveland [Colorado] city manager announced that Officer Austin Hopp, Officer Daria Jalali, Sgt. Phil Metzler and Community service officer Tyler Blackett have all been suspended and placed on administrative leave.

As TFTP reported earlier this month, body camera video showed the officers attack Garner. However, after the media began picking up on her story, another video was released showing that officers knew about the injuries they caused, neglected to provide aid, and laughed and celebrated their brutality against an elderly woman with dementia.

As 9News reports, the officers’ initial report said Garner, who has dementia, was not injured. Her lawyer, Sarah Schielke, said the officers dislocated Garner’s shoulder, broke a bone in her arm, and sprained her wrist.

Schielke alleges the video shows the three arresting officers watching body camera video of Garner’s arrest, laughing and celebrating the excessive force, and fist-bumping the fact that one of the officers intimidated a citizen who stopped to make a complaint.

Only because the video was released and drew the appropriate criticism did the department react. Now, they have no other option and have since launched a criminal investigation.

“It’s a really important thing for everyone to know that this is now a criminal investigation,” Tom Hacker, a spokesperson for LPD, said. “It’s one that LPD asked for and the DA is taking it on Fort Collins Police, both working on this [investigation] and we hope that this investigation goes as expeditiously as possible and that we learn of the outcome very soon.”

What should have been a situation in which an officer offers an elderly woman a ride home turned into senior citizen abuse at the hands of Loveland’s finest.

As we reported, like those with dementia often do, Garner simply grabbed her items in Walmart that day and walked out. She was quickly confronted by store security who then guided her back into the store for accidentally failing to pay for $13.88 worth of items.

After being escorted back into the building, Garner realized her mistake and tried to pay for the items but the store called the police anyway. By the time police arrived, Garner had left the store and was walking home. She had left the items back at the store and no crime had been committed.

When police arrived, the interaction was captured on body camera footage.

Officer Austin Hopp said, “Alright let’s stop ma’am. I don’t think you want to play it this way. Ma’am, police. Stop,” as he exited his patrol car.

Clearly illustrating her dementia, when Garner tries to respond to the officer, she simply mumbles.

But officer Hopp couldn’t have cared less that this was an elderly woman suffering from dementia, who by this time, had committed no crime. He just knew he had to escalate force.

After just two minutes, this “hero” cop tackles the frail elderly woman with dementia to the ground and puts her in handcuffs.

According to the lawsuit, when a second cop, officer Daria Jalali arrived, she “put her own hands on Ms. Garner to hold her while Officer Hopp continued pushing painfully upward on Ms. Garner’s already-restrained left arm and while also violently touching her all over her body.”

Illustrating how confused and scared Garner was, the entire time, she kept telling the officers, “I’m going home.”

“It makes you very worried about vulnerable people in the community with a police force like that,” civil rights attorney Sarah Schielke, of The Life & Liberty Law Office, who is representing Garner said. “The behavior is indefensible they knew they were being recorded and yet they did it anyway, we have to ask, ‘why?’”

In the video, we can hear the cops talking about Garner bleeding and then plotting all the charges against her. Every single one of the contrived charges had to do with cops escalating force against an innocent woman with dementia.

The cops were so rough with Garner they left her bloody and with broken bones. Despite her clearly visible injuries, according to the lawsuit, police brought her to jail and then denied her care. Instead of tending to her injuries, police left her chained to a cell for hours.

“The officers handcuffed her to a cell at the station for over 2 hours, keeping her isolated and terrified, in extreme pain, and then deposited her at the Larimer County jail where they lied and said she was uninjured, which ensured she continued to not receive medical treatment for another 3 hours,” the law office wrote in a press release.

We now have a video of officers fist-bumping and laughing at the abuse they doled out to a senior citizen with dementia. And these are the folks the thin blue line crowd wants us to blindly worship. Never.”

Hopefully these officers, who are white I believe, will get sent to a nice prison where they can come to appreciate the values of diversity and tolerance. But, we need to recognise that there is a police problem, that the Left have muddied the waters with irrelevant race issues, when the real issue is about misuse of power, by some bad eggs, some vicious cops who need to be kicked out, and maybe put into said nice reform jail. But, because of the Left, we end up with this:

“Everyone from Joe Biden on down celebrated Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict. The President claimed it was a “giant step forward in the march toward justice in America.” “It was a murder in the full light of day. And it ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see the systemic racism,” he said. He moaned about “the knee on the neck of justice for black Americans, the profound fear and trauma, the pain, the exhaustion that black and brown Americans experience every single day.”

He wants Congress to pass a police reform bill named for George Floyd and the Senate to confirm more police-haters for the Department of Justice.

The “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act” is supposed to erase racial discrimination in law enforcement — but would require it. If cops stop blacks too often, that will count as disparate impact. To offset this, police will have to stop more whites and Asians and ignore suspicious blacks. This would amount to racial quotas, a practice the courts would find unconstitutional. The bill would impose quotas on police departments’ staff. Insufficiently diverse departments would be fined, so they would have to hire non-whites.

The bill would fund non-white “community-based organizations” to badger the police. The NAACP and UnidosUS (formerly La Raza) would be some of the groups to get money, which would fund programs to change police tactics, training, and hiring. Police must pledge at least 5 percent of their budgets to this, or lose federal funding.

The bill would eliminate qualified immunity for police officers, which protects officers from frivolous litigation. Without it, criminals could sue them all the time. Black lawmakers want that. “Qualified immunity has in many instances become the hood for bad police officers to, in fact, act as modern-day Ku Klux Klan members against Black and Brown people in this country,” says Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett.

The George Floyd Act would ban chokeholds and no-knock raids, and would subject departments to a national registry of misconduct. Democrats seem to believe this is just what we need on the heels of a crimewave that has sent the national murder rate to a 20-year high.

The Department of Justice plans to investigate local police, whether the George Floyd Act passes or not. The day after the Chauvin verdict, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced he was going after the Minneapolis Police Department. The DOJ wants to look for a pattern of bias and discrimination, and would issue a consent decree to fix anything it finds. The DOJ under President Trump stopped similar investigations, but Mr. Garland revoked that policy.

The people who will oversee these investigations are anti-cop. The Senate confirmed Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general the day after Mr. Biden’s speech, and he has named Kristen Clarke as chief of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division.

Miss Gupta endorsed defunding the police last year. She testified to a Senate committee that it was “critical for state and local leaders to heed calls from Black Lives Matter and Movement for Black Lives activists to decrease police budgets and the scope, role and responsibility of police in our lives.” She said America should shift money out of policing and into “investments in economic opportunity, education, health care and other public benefits.” She made the same arguments in an op-ed published last year.

Miss Clarke, who is black, once circulated an essay that compared police officers to the Ku Klux Klan and she organized a conference to support convicted cop killers Mumia Abu-Jamal and Assata Shakur. As a college student, she wrote an essay claiming black biological and spiritual superiority. Miss Gupta and Miss Clarke have the full support of President Biden and the attorney general.

The Biden administration’s response to the Ma’Khia Bryant shooting tells us all we need to know. A white police officer shot Bryant just as she swung a knife at another black girl’s throat. “She was a child. We’re thinking of her friends and family and the communities that are hurting and grieving her loss,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, speaking for the President. “So our focus is on working to address systemic racism and implicit bias head on and, of course, to passing laws and legislation that will put much-needed reforms into place at police departments around the country.” The administration grieves for a dangerous thug and believes she was killed by “systemic racism.”

President Biden didn’t lie when he said Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict was just the first step. His policies are anti-cop and anti-white.”

This alone puts the US well on the path to total anarcho-tyranny. It is one more step on the road to collapse.




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