Ex-Minneapolis policeman Chauvin asks judge for new trial

Brandon Mitchell a juror in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd poses for

Chauvin lawyer Eric Nelson asserts in the filing that Judge Peter Cahill "abused" his discretion in numerous ways, such as denying Chauvin a change of venue, denying an earlier request for a new trial "on the grounds that 'publicity during the proceedings threaten [ed] the fairness of the trial, '" and for failing to sequester the jury in the high-profile case.

One of the 12 jurors who deliberated at the trial, Brandon Mitchell, a 31-year-old high school basketball coach who has identified himself, told news outlets in Minneapolis that on August 28 last year, he attended a march in Washington where Floyd's siblings were present.

According to The Associated Press, Floyd's sister and brother spoke at the rally.

"Did you, or someone close to you, participate in any of the demonstrations or marches against police brutality that took place in Minneapolis after George Floyd's death?" one question read, according to the newspaper.

Civil rights attorney Brian Dunn said the photo is "undeniably suggestive of a possible bias in this juror" but the key question is whether Mitchell "lied about, or failed to provide complete answers on whether he has engaged in public activism, or whether he has any affiliations with BLM that go beyond the mere wearing of the shirt".

Chauvin, who jammed his knee into Floyd's neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds as the Black man lay in a prone position on the ground, was convicted on one count of second-degree murder, one count of third-degree murder and one count of second-degree manslaughter.

Mitchell is the first juror in the Chauvin trial to speak openly about the deliberations in the wake of the former Minneapolis police officer's conviction. "Either way, I was going to this event in D.C., whether George Floyd was alive or not".

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He separately told the Star Tribune that attending the August event was an "opportunity to be around thousands and thousands of black people" and "to be a part of something". Prosecutors did not immediately file a response to the motions for a new trial.

Steve Tuller, another jury selection expert, agreed.

The juror insisted the DC march had nothing to do with Floyd.

The other asked: "Other than what you have already described above, have you, or anyone close to you, participated in protests about police use of force or police brutality?"

"I think I was being extremely honest, for sure", Mitchell said of the jury selection process.

"It was directly related to MLK's March on Washington from the '60s ..." The date of the March on Washington is the date ... He also said he had watched clips of bystander video of Floyd being pinned and had wondered why three other officers at the scene didn't intervene.

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