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We saw Derek Chauvin murder George Floyd. A juror’s hat and tshirt doesn’t change that

Yesterday, Derek Chauvin’s lawyer filed a motion for a new trial, and attorney Eric Nelson threw in everything but the kitchen sink.

He said Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill made mistakes, that there was prosecutorial misconduct, too much publicity, witness intimidation, and juror misconduct.

Maybe he was talking about the Black juror who had the audacity to wear a hat with the initials for Black Lives Matter. That juror went to a march to commemorate the I Have A Dream speech and wore a t-shirt bearing the words, “get your knee off our necks.” The juror’s uncle posted a picture of him wearing that shirt and hat on social media. Now those who think it’s fine to kill Black people say the juror had an agenda; that he wasn’t impartial; that Chauvin’s guilty verdict should be overturned.

And I can see how they might feel that way since the juror may not have said how he really felt about racist cops on a jury questionnaire. But here’s the thing. There are only three Black people in America who might say Derek Chauvin wasn’t guilty—Injustice Clarence Thomas, Uncle Ben Carson, and Tim “America is not a racist country” Scott. Other than that, there is no sane Black person who would’ve sat on that jury and found Chauvin innocent.

So, go ahead and call the juror biased. Pretend that we didn’t see Derek Chauvin kneel on George Floyd’s neck for nine and a half minutes. While we’re at it, let’s pretend that he didn’t do the same thing to a Black woman, a Black boy, and others while piling up 18 complaints against him over his 19-year career. Pretend that a Black Lives Matter shirt and hat erases the fact that Derek Chauvin is a murderer. And then when we’re finished pretending, slam the cell door shut behind Chauvin, and let him face the punishment he deserves.
Photo: Coroners Courtroom By. Surrey County Council

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