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14 Apr

Derek Chauvin – A Real Chauvin(ist) – Update on George Floyd’s trial


Derek Chauvin – A Real Chauvin(ist) – Update on George Floyd’s trial

I have been watching intently the ongoing trial of the case of Derek Chauvin on my TV. Chauvin has been accused of the murder of George Floyd last year of May 25th, 2020 which sparked a nationwide outburst of riots by the public. Sadly, another incident has occurred where a police officer has shot dead a black man Daunte Wright about 10 miles from these court proceedings.

Having watched the trial so far, there is something to be said about the racial intolerance and police brutality towards blacks in general. Back in 25th May, 2020 police officers were called in to check on Floyd when someone had reported that a $20 bill was counterfeit. When watching some of the earlier footage of the police handling of George Floyd, I could not help how trigger happy the police are when met with any types of resistance. In this particular incident, if a police officer handcuffed me or pulled out their guns on me over a counterfeit bill (which I may have no knowledge of), I would be certain to sue their *ss.

It is hard to watch this trial which is in it’s second week and to do so without being emotionally charged. The video footage of the cameras from bystanders and body cameras paint a graphic picture of the whole incident. I would encourage folks to watch the trial because it teaches you many facets of a criminal litigation and the intricate details involved in conducting a real trial. You realize the depth that both the prosecution and the defense go to in order to shed evidence and to add credibility to their case.

Summary of Prosecution, Defense Attorneys and Witnesses

The Defense Attorney representing Derek Chauvin is Eric Nelson with the Prosecution team comprising of Jerry Blackwell, Matthew Frank, Erin Eldridge and Steve Schleicher. The presiding judge over this case is Hannepin County Judge Peter Cahill.

One begins to wonder how a $20 counterfeit call to the police turned so deadly. As mentioned before, it is clear that anyone can end up with a counterfeit bill since it is hard to detect but to go through an aggravated case of arrest seems like many things must have gone wrong. Again, this point alone can be telling in the sense that police officers automatically escalate a situation that involves a black man.

Week 1 of the trial

During the first week of the trial, it almost seems that the Prosecution had the whole case in the bag with witness after witness testifying to the horrific events of how Chauvin placed his knee on Floyds neck for more than 9 mins until Floyd became motionless and without a pulse.

The Defense worked hard to detract the jury from the compelling video images by focusing on Chauvin’s right to use force and the increasingly agitated and aggressive crowd. It was probably the only course of path that the defense had in order to keep Chauvin away from a potentially 40 years prison sentence.

Several big guns (witnesses) came to the stand who were carefully selected by the prosecution team to testify to the events surrounding the incident that led to Floyd’s death. Initial bystander witnesses came to the stand to give their versions of the incident to the court. It was often emotionally charged and the prosecution knew they needed to bring in key experts to provide corroborative factual evidence to add more weight to their case.

It was very damaging evidence where practically all of them testified to the unwarranted use of deadly force which most likely resulted in Floyds death from positional asphyxia. Equally damaging was Chauvin’s disregard for the other police officers’ remarks of ‘putting him on the side’, ‘couldn’t find a pulse’ and continuing to pin him to the ground with his knee until he was no longer responsive. This clearly shows a reckless behavior to human life which is actually contrary to the teaching and training of police officers where care and diligence must be exercised at all times. The prosecution continued to press on the required procedures of the Minnesota police force when putting a suspect in the prone position (handcuffed and lying face down to the ground). There were lengthy referrals to the manuals and training material used by police officers on how to best conduct their daily duties. It was clear that the prosecution was attempting to build a picture that Chauvin had substantial training on the handling of suspects but clearly disregarded this in this incident with George Floyd. The defense had a big hill to climb to show other corroborative evidence that played a bigger role in George Floyds death.

The defense unfortunately, time after time, came back with weak arguments saying that police officers needed to be ‘situationally aware’ and there was a growing aggressive crowd. It was later highlighted by prosecution several times that the crowd posed no threats while the defense took many jabs on this particular point but failed. The argument is also counter intuitive and potential double edged sword since their argument was that Chauvin could not properly conduct his work due to the hostile crowd. This should not have detracted him from carrying out his proper duty in the treatment of Floyd which was his primary focus.

Another point I wanted to make was, why Chauvin cannot admit that he was ‘hot headed’ on that day and was not in his proper mindset and totally regrets Floyd’s death. The outcome of the court would have been a lot favorable to him if he went down this clemency route. It is almost certain that the judge would have seen this in good light with someone regretting their overhanded actions and would have surely given him a lighter sentence and even time off for good behavior. One has to remember that sending someone to jail may be considered as punishment, but the real aim is to ‘correct’ the individual accused of the crime over time. This is because they need to ‘retrain’ this person to fit back into society to live a normal life. However, since Chauvin is fighting this case from a potentially weak vantage point, he could face a higher penalty if the outcome is found to be against him ie. guilty of aggravated murder etc.

In light of the worldwide protests that occurred following Floyds death the outcome of this trial will be emotionally charged. I would hazard a guess that any ‘unreasonable’ verdict which does not fit with Chauvin’s crime would be met with extreme hostility by the public and potentially nationwide. From the evidence submitted thus far, I am leaning towards a guilty verdict primarily due to the video footage and much of the prosecution’s expert’s evidence.

Some of the witnesses included the Chief of Police, Medaria Arradondo who unequivocally condemned the death as use of deadly force by Chauvin and a practice not advocated in his force. The counter argument by the defense was to shed doubt to the whole scenario that played out and police need to judge their situational awareness and there was unwarranted resistance on the part of George Floyd. But one of the sticking points to the whole event was that the prone position taught in the police officers training ensured that there was no positional asphyxia transpiring from their arrest and they are trained to take due care. They are taught to bring the suspect back from the prone position to their side so that they can breathe more easily since it is understood that keeping suspects in a prone position can complicate breathing.

Week 2 of the trial.

In this week, it was the Defense’s turn to bring on witnesses that they have hand picked to add weight to their argument. So far the Defense’s tactics was to shed doubt to the arguments made by the experts but have not succeeded as well.

First in line was another park police officer Peter Chang who was called to the scene to help with the already three police officers which included Chauvin. This particular police officer was told to attend to the parked car that Floyd was in and hold the two bystanders standing next to it. Despite his lack of visuals of what was happening in the actual scene he did express that the crowd he saw from his position was growing in hostility and becoming increasingly aggressive.

The second ‘expert’ witness brought in by the defense was Barry Brodd who contrary to the many experts in the previous week said that Chauvin had used the right amount of force to subdue Floyd. The prosecution did a good job of dissecting his testaments and breaking down the claims he made about Floyd offering continued resistance during the prone position. The actual task of breaking the arguments had reversed with the prosecution shedding doubt and credibility of the witness. However, the prosecution’s job seemed a lot smoother and more believable than the defense’s arguments of last week. Brodd did retract some of his earlier statements in the light of what the prosecution presented to him. The prosecution did a good job of bringing in the correct practice of a ‘normal’ police behavior to attend to Floyds distress and Chauvin did nothing. It is important to understand that sometimes our sensibilities can get in the way of presumption and in the court of law, one has to prove something without ‘doubt’ to the validity of their claims.

The argument from the witness seemed to hinge on the belief that whatever came from the mouth of Floyd was not believable and Chauvin needed to continue to pin him down due to resistance offered. To any normal person witnessing the struggle, it was clearly evident that Floyd was in distress during the whole time he was pinned down and Chauvin did nothing to de-escalate the potentially harmful outcome. This was in spite of the other police officers giving him information about the lack of pulse, passing out and Chauvin was heard to reply with a ‘A ha’. It was interesting to watch some of the replies by Brodd which included ‘could be’, ‘maybe’, ‘not sure’, ‘possible’. One begins to wonder how far a witness will go to ‘bend’ the truth in order to side up with one party. This was almost a good example of this where the witness Brodd was on the side of Defense.

It was rather sad to see the way that Floyd was gasping for breath in the video footage that was played back and the defense argued that he was still resisting arrest. The defense went as far to say his kick was an act of aggression when the pulmonary expert in the previous week had argued that was a result of his extreme effort to breathe. The prosecution later highlights this ‘twitch’ to be the lack of oxygen tot he brain and the final throes before expiring. The defense counselor Eric Nelson came back to cross examine the witness by dismissing that the prosecution’s evidence was based on ‘snippets’ and even mocked this statement along with his witness. The defense also likes the statement ‘totality’ of the whole incident to give weight to the justification of using continued force by Chauvin. Although, the defense never tried to explain in any explicit form the reasons for the prolonged use of maintaining his knee to Floyds back.

The other argument that the defense used were the pills found in the back seat of the squad car when Floyd was being put into the car. This was to segway into the condition of Floyd which was an overdose of the drug that contributed to his death. Despite the expert witness including the autopsy which showed death resulting exclusively from lack of oxygen (asphyxia) and not drugs. Even if the defense could argue that his death was a result of his overdose of drugs, it clearly indicates to the police officers at the scene were not vigilant enough on the condition of Floyd’s health and resulting in premature death. If the jury were to believe such a scenario, Chauvin could potentially obtain a lighter sentence where death occurred as a result of negligence. However, I do not see this happening. As can be seen from the video footage the police officers were exerting additional force to restrain Floyd which by training alone is considered potentially dangerous.

It does beg the question of what was going through Chauvin’s mind when he was clearly fixed on his desire to keep him restrained despite many warning signs. This single point alone may explain the riots that ensued because on the face of it, it appears callous, no regard for human lives but to the actual destruction of it. The fact that Chauvin chose to fight this case and not take the clemency route might explain what a Chauvin(istic) man he really is.

 

13 Jan

The most dangerous man living today (Trump).


The most dangerous man living today (Trump).

The US election of 2020 and moreover the events that unfolded in the Capitol Hill tells us a lot about the seated President Donald Trump.

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Trump has everything in his power to quell these riots, but he chooses to stoke violence

The election has been proven that it belongs to Biden, get over it.

Even at this point in time, this president still refuses to concede to his loss in the election and continues to claim the election was rigged, fraudulent and stolen from him. Ladies and gentlemen and in particular the staunch supporters of Trump, take heed and listen to what I have to say.

If there was ever a doubt to a President who has little regard or zero regard to the care and protection of the nation that he governs, then Trump is a living example of this. For all you Trump supporters, and I supported him at the beginning of his term in 2016, thinking he would bring changes for the good, I was wrong and you Republicans should think seriously about what kind of a man you are supporting.

Many supporters continue to rally behind this man without understanding the deep chasms that he has inflicted on the American people. You should know that his refusal to accept the loss of the election gracefully as many presidents before him, paints the kind of man he truly is. He has no regard for the democracy of the nation and is purely interested in his own selfish being.

If the recent events, haven’t revealed the kind of man that Trump is than look to your nation as a whole.

His four year term in office was marred with in-fights and a continued barrage of stoking international diplomatic conflicts. He abandoned the climate control programs, treaties that were set to harmonize international trade and peace. His agenda in office was purely to make a name for himself, he had zero interests in the people he represented. His term was spent on propping up his business affairs and pretty much allying with his own family to run much of the public office. The famous philosopher Immanuel Kant would have been disgraced by the lack of morality in the Republican sphere. None dare to oppose him and Trump, relished in this unrivalled power for his own good and enjoyment. He was on twitter feed for most of his time, and did not have good dealings with any of the government agencies that ran the country. He simply could not be bothered or taxed with the duties of governing a country as he was too busy keeping his fan base alive.

Trump’s sole interest is for himself, not to his citizens.

I have heard Republicans even to this day speak with great reverence about Trump, really? Could you back this up with his examples of this greatness of a leader. I fear that just like Trump blowing his trumpet with unfounded claims of voter fraud, you probably fall into this same category. After all, why would you be a staunch supporter of Trump. As the saying goes, birds of a feather stick together.

Here is what the intended course of action should have been after Trump lost the election in November 2020, if he were a true honest leader that ACTUALLY cared for his people.

You want a better future for yourself, then pay attention to these points..

  1. He would have accepted the election loss gracefully since he would not want to stoke doubt with his supporters. He did none of this and continued to shed more doubts and lies to his base of followers, expecting to overthrow a legitimate election.
  2. He is single handedly culpable for the incident that took place in Capitol Hill with his base supporters on 6th January, 2021 where five people died in this event. Note from point 1 above, he could have avoided this incident altogether had he allayed any fears amongst his supporters of mischief in the election, long time ago. In actual fact, he did the opposite and chose to support his selfish and narcissistic personality.
  3. Following this vile incident on US democracy, he continues to leave doubt about the election to his followers, so effectively setting the stage for more protests and violence to follow. The FBI are frantically working behind the scenes to pinpoint and foil any of these planned nationwide attacks that are being prepared up to the Biden presidential inauguration set for Wednesday, 20th January 2021. Trump could do a lot to allay those radical supporters from carrying out such despicable acts of terrorisms on the nation. He still continues to claim that the election was stolen and so does all of his supporters.

So the bottom line, is that you can continue to support this dangerous president who has no respect for any of it’s citizens that he represents. He is the main culprit for dividing this nation with lies and even when there was a legitimate outcome. Do you honestly think that is the correct behavior of an outgoing president or of a good standing leader?

Look at his handling of the corona virus pandemic where the US has the highest national deaths than any other nations. He likes to blame China for this virus, so what, it is here on our shores, so get off your back* and do something about it. You should be glad that Biden who takes a more serious view in this matter is already working behind the scenes to bring measures to curtail this virus once he takes office. You should be very glad and rejoicing, a man who shows empathy for his nation.

I say to all of these Republican supporters, you might like to think COVID is fake news, but do you honestly feel that the entire world is staging this? It would take a tremendous effort from news broadcasts and filming crews to stage realistic pictures of bodies fighting for their last breath on ventilators. The many respected academic institutions around the world who have written heavily on this subject and showing a grave concern on this pandemic. I can go on and on, but you are adults and can make up your own mind.

It’s time to learn from the past and move along.

I will make a last plea to these staunch supporters of Trump who follow him blindly without questioning his motives or reading about the facts. Please move along, especially if you love your country. The US was built on immigration and a vision to the future, it is the reason why it is one of the most powerful nation in the world. Don’t think for a moment to go back to times you have grown up in and are in the past, the world has moved on big time. For any nation to survive and do well in the future, calls for cooperation among it’s citizens, working together to bring about great change that will benefit every individual in the country. You just have to dig into history to see all of this.

God bless America! Make America Great Again.

 

27 Nov

Thank God for Democracy | A peek into the Trump presidency and a way forward.


Thank God for Democracy | A peek into the Trump presidency and a way forward.

I take a peek into the Trump presidency and try to answer some burning questions as to why the big divisions of the US population. I also add some amusing anecdotes with images.

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