A juror who helped achieve a unanimous ‘guilty’ verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin may now end up causing a mistrial in the case after photos were discovered of him attending a Black Lives Matter rally and wearing a pro-George Floyd t-shirt.
As The Washington Times reports:
A juror in the Derek Chauvin trial may have jeopardized the guilty verdict by attending a rally last year and wearing a “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks/BLM” T-shirt, raising questions about whether he told the truth during jury selection.
Brandon Mitchell, known as Juror #52, told Minneapolis news outlets Monday that he attended the Aug. 28 march in Washington, D.C., featuring speeches by George Floyd’s siblings, while a photo circulating online shows him with two cousins wearing the T-shirt as well as a “Black Lives Matter” hat.
What may come back to haunt the prosecution is that Mr. Mitchell, 31, answered “no” when asked during jury selection if he had attended any protests for George Floyd.
“In a Facebook post dated August 31, 2020, Brandon Mitchell was … wearing a shirt with the words “Get your knee off our necks” and “BLM,” which is short for Black Lives Matter. This would contradict his claim that he had no prior knowledge of the case.” https://t.co/M84Wq0OB0P
— Judith the G (@2_legs) May 2, 2021
“I think they asked if I attended any protests for George Floyd or anything for police brutality. My answer was no because I hadn’t,” Mr. Mitchell told WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. “This particular march was more so for voting, voter registration. Getting people out to get out and vote for the presidential election that was upcoming a couple months afterward … This was the only thing I attended.”
Mitchell’s misleading statements during jury selection are likely to weigh heavily on any decision to rule the case a mistrial, as it will merey add to the mountain of evidence that already exists that Chauvin was simply unable to get a fair trial in a city and jury pool which had already been poisoned against him by social pressure and the media.