Chauvin’s Lawyers Preview Character Assassination Defense Against George Floyd

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(Photo: YouTube) As the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin ended its eight day, it has become crystal clear what Chauvin's defense team strategy will be when they put on their defense case, as soon as next week: engage in the character assassination of George Floyd, and the neighborhood crowd who were traumatized by watching his torturous death under Chauvin's knee. Over the last few days, defense lawyer Eric Nelson has made it clear their strategy is to put George Floyd, and those who tried to save his life, on trial by pushing racist perceptions of Black people to save Chauvin from facing any form of accountability for taking a human life.Another thing is evident here given the illogical arguments being pursued by Nelson: Chauvin's defense isn't really focusing much on getting a not guilty verdict. Their strategy is to get a mistrial by finding one white juror who will blame Floyd, the community, or both for his death.Obviously, its a cynical strategy. However, given American racism, it may very well work.

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