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Inside the Chauvin jury room: 11 out of 12 jurors are ready to take their sentence immediately.
Sitting at a table 6 feet apart in a hotel meeting room, 12 jurors wrote letters on a piece of paper indicating they leaned against the murder of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the trial of the killing of Georges. How does J Floyd? When the head of the jury voted that morning, a grand jury recalled 11 papers with the letter “G” on it – guilty. A piece of paper said “U” because of uncertainty. Seven women and five men spent the next few hours examining evidence in one of the most closely watched trials in a generation, according to Brandon Mitchell, who is The only jury described the public hearings last week near Minneapolis. Mitchell said jurors watch graphic videos of Floyd’s death, discuss testimonies of several witnesses and experts, and create their own timeline using markers and whiteboards. At lunch, Mitchell said the indecisive jury, a white woman, had made a decision: Chauvin was guilty of all the charges. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times, Mitchell, 31, a Minneapolis high school basketball coach, described the hearing in an interview Thursday, shedding light on what happened in the faculty room. Jury before a jury convicted Chauvin for two counts of murder. And charged with manslaughter Mitchell said he was thrilled when he was elected to the jury and was happy to see the diversity of the jury. There were four black jurors, including Mitchell, as well as six white and two multiracial jurors. They are from 20 to 60 years old. “The pressure, I’m ready to admit it,” Mitchell said. “Regardless of the verdict – guilty or not – it was important to me as a black person who was. It has to be in the room. ”He said he expected before the trial that he would try to fight to get the right decision in the case. But after three weeks of testimony, he found that there was overwhelming evidence. “I have no doubts in my mind,” Mitchell said of his decision about Chovin’s guilt. The jury discussed the case for about seven hours over the two days before the verdict on the afternoon of April 20, Mitchell said. They spent most of their first evening hearing, getting to know each other, instead of talking about the case, he said. Chauvin, a white officer who was videotaped, knelt on Floyd’s neck, a black security guard for more than nine minutes. As of May, it is scheduled to be sentenced in June and may face decades in prison. Immediately after arguments at the April 19 trial, the jury gathered in a conference room at the hotel where they were attached and surrendered their phone to trial, Mitchell said. They voted on whether to keep the masks during the trial. (They unanimously chose to remove them) and soon moved to discuss evidence and laws. They first considered second-degree murder, the least serious charges Chauvin faced, and a jury who later identified the murder uncertainty said she was uncertain about the Mitchell murder charge. Said Sitting at each U-shaped table, the jury took turns describing their thoughts. The jury decided to wait until the second day of the trial to discuss the murder charges. But dinner didn’t arrive for hours, so instead, they talked a little bit, talking about work and their kids at 6:45 AM the next morning, the staff knocked on each hotel door to wake up. They let them wake up to breakfast and consider the second day, Mitchell said. As the jury deliberated on the murder, Mitchell said they focused one point on the exact cause of Floyd’s death. Many jurors said they believed what happened in the form of prosecutors in which Chauvin’s knee cost Floyd the death – but at least one jury supporting the verdict said she was unsure of Chauvin’s knee. Still, Mitchell remembered it.The jury said she believed the former officer was liable because he kept Floyd in spite of his unconsciousness and never offered medical assistance. After hours of discussions about third-degree murder charges, all the jury said they liked the conviction, Mitchell said, and after half an hour they agreed with the murder conviction. Second level as well The jury decided to wait until after lunch to fill out a form that would make them make a formal decision, Mitchell said. “We don’t want to rush,” he said. ‘This is what we are going to do.’ ”Shortly before 2:00 PM, they alerted officers that they had arrived at the verdict and were rushed from the hotel to the courtroom. Judge Peter A. Cahill read the verdict. Mitchell said that for many jurors, including himself, the most powerful evidence came from Dr. Martin J. Tobin, a lung specialist who identified what he said was the moment when Floyd took his last breath. “He’s 100% interested in us,” Mitchell said of Tobin, who witnessed. In litigation, “I don’t know if there are other witnesses who have arrested us like that,” Mitchell said he found the defense team’s case weak, lacking open evidence that could create a loophole in the prosecutor’s case. “I’m waiting for the moment to reach a pinnacle like ‘Wow!’ – ‘Boom! Ah! ‘Moment – and it never happened, ”Mitchell said. Make the case easier. ”Cahill said the jury’s identity will be kept confidential until at least October, although they are free to speak publicly if they choose to do so. One of two alternate juries who attended the trial. But excused before the hearing even began, spoke publicly, saying she had no doubts that Chauvin was guilty throughout the trial.The jury only called on the jury number – Mitchell was number 52 – until. They will begin to consider and share their names. Mitchell said he and the rest of the jury made preliminary plans to drink together in the summer or the fall when the case didn’t get much attention. Mitchell said that in the weeks following Floyd’s death he intended not to watch a video of Chovin kneeling on Floyd’s neck. But have seen parts of it when it starts playing automatically on social media feeds. While protests flooded Minneapolis following the death of Floyd Mitchell, who lives in the downtown area, he said he had frequent conversations about the killings with high school students on a team that He’s a coach to help them express the anger and sadness they feel. He said he found the protests to be endorsed and necessary, and he hoped they would lead to change, “I just want to see the police be more empathetic when it comes to black men instead of moving in aggression. This article appeared in The New York Times Copyright © 2021 The New York Times Company.