Believe It Or Not, Derek Chauvin's Defense Is That He And The Other Cops Were Distracted By The Bystanders On The Sidewalk

  

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By:  john-russell  •  2 weeks ago  •  24 comments

Believe It Or Not, Derek Chauvin's Defense Is That He And The Other Cops Were Distracted By The Bystanders On The Sidewalk

Anybody watching the trial ? 


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JohnRussell
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1  author  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

Apparently Derek Chauvin's defense attorney's are and are going to continue to try and make the argument that Chauvin and the other cops lost track of Floyd's condition because they were being harassed by the bystanders who were yelling for him to stop kneeling on Floyd's neck. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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1.1  Gsquared  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago

I have been watching some of the trial.  A little while ago they showed a video with Chauvin's knee firmly on George Floyd's neck.  Chauvin did not appear to be distracted by anything.  He did appear to be coldly and ruthlessly executing George Floyd. It was chilling and totally appalling.

A Minneapolis Fire Department EMT just finished being questioned by the prosecution.  She was on the scene at the time and the police would not allow her to take George Floyd's pulse.  She testified that one of the police officers told her not to get involved.

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
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1.1.1  Thrawn 31  replied to  Gsquared @1.1    2 weeks ago

Oh yeah, while I was at the gym they showed footage on CNN from another angle and it looked like he even adjusted himself to put more of his body weight on Floyd’s neck. He looked like he knew exactly what he was doing, and even if he didn’t mean to kill the guy it was obvious that Chauvin had every intention of hurting him as much as he could get away with.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.1.2  author  JohnRussell  replied to  Gsquared @1.1    2 weeks ago

Right now , the defense attorney is asking a Minneapolis firefighter EMT if bystanders yelling at her would stress her out to the point it would be harder to do her job. It is bizarre in my mind.

They are literally setting the stage for a defense that the bystanders stressed Chauvin out and he lost track of what he was doing. 

Chauvin has been a cop for 20 years. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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1.1.3  Gsquared  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.2    2 weeks ago

I think she shut down that line of cross-examination quite effectively.

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
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1.1.4  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Gsquared @1.1    2 weeks ago

A Minneapolis Fire Department EMT just finished being questioned by the prosecution.  She was on the scene at the time and the police would not allow her to take George Floyd's pulse.  She testified that one of the police officers told her not to get involved.

I was unaware that there was an EMT on the scene while they were on him. That is BAD news for Chauvin. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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1.1.5  Gsquared  replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @1.1.4    2 weeks ago

Very bad. 

She made a very good witness.

 
 
 
SteevieGee
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1.2  SteevieGee  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one week ago

He was concentrating on chewing his gum.

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
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2  Thrawn 31    2 weeks ago

From what I have seen the defense is pathetically weak thus far. Their arguments so far really boil down to “our guy is too incompetent to be held responsible for his actions.”

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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2.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Thrawn 31 @2    2 weeks ago

Then why was he a cop?

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.1.1  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1    2 weeks ago

... so he could torture and kill minorities without fear of being held accountable.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @2.1.1    2 weeks ago

"... so he could torture and kill minorities without fear of being held accountable."

There are many scum like him among the ranks.

 
 
 
Snuffy
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3  Snuffy    2 weeks ago

I'm not watching the trial or reading the daily reports. I'll wait until the trial is finished and see what the final verdict is.  I saw the video when it first showed up and it looked really bad for him, but in a court of law who knows how it will turn out. My biggest worry out of it is that the final verdict won't be what some people want and there will be more rioting because of it. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
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4  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

If this cold blooded killer Chauvin gets away with it, I wouldn't be surprised if there was more PROTESTING.

 
 
 
Freewill
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5  Freewill    2 weeks ago

Distracted by the bystanders on the sidewalk?!!

More likely the bystanders were distracted by a cop choking a dude out and holding pressure on his neck for several more minutes after he stopped moving.  THAT is pretty distracting, not to mention disturbing.  I'm all for innocent until proven guilty but come on... he was "distracted"?  Any good cop will tell you that is a pile of bullshit.

 
 
 
Split Personality
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5.1  Split Personality  replied to  Freewill @5    2 weeks ago

As the EMT answered whether she was upset or not " yes, seeing someone murdered is upsetting"

 
 
 
Ender
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6  Ender    2 weeks ago

Just saw this tweet...

@Yamiche
Still struck by this: Genevieve Hansen, the off-duty firefighter on the scene as George Floyd died, said she stayed on scene after Floyd was taken away bc she worried about the Black people and people of color --like Donald Williams -- possibly being hurt by remaining police.
 
 
 
Hallux
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7  Hallux    2 weeks ago

Day 3 of watching Derek unpassionately scribbling notes ... nary a glimpse feeling crossing his brow ... a textbook case of a psychological condition I am not trained to diagnose. However, Derek's attorney suggests I/we use common sense. Well so far 'common sense' has tagged Derek with sociopath.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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7.1  Tessylo  replied to  Hallux @7    2 weeks ago

Sociopath would be my diagnosis.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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8  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

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Tessylo
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9  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

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Freewill
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10  Freewill    2 weeks ago

So if for some unknown reason one were to take Chauvin's side on this, wouldn't one technically be a Chauvinist?

 
 
 
Thomas
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10.1  Thomas  replied to  Freewill @10    2 weeks ago

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SteevieGee
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11  SteevieGee    one week ago

If I'm fighting for my life I'm not worried about bystanders.

 
 
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