Frankly I’m a little shocked at the gall of someone coming on this thread, ridiculing others’ opinions, and then trying to come off as some kind of authority and claiming to be the “only one” on topic.
If I didn’t think it was an extremely important thing to discuss I wouldn’t have started the goddamn thread.
After one day of testimony, here’s my impressions...
First of all, I think my expectations about the possible outcomes of this jury trial were affirmed - let me explain. I never expected “justice” to be one of the possible results. I think a just reckoning for this crime would be conviction of murder with intent. They eliminated that possibility right off the bat. I think the prosecution’s opening statement clearly stated that they intend to prove
intent as the trial unfolds. I think the family’s acceptance of the civil settlement induced them to accept a huge loss in the bargaining about what the criminal charge would be.
So, though I don’t hope for justice in this case, I hope for the harshest punishment possible and with what I understand, the maximum Chauvin could receive is something like 10-12 years in prison (though I may be mistaken here).
Two of the three witnesses were good for the prosecution. The one young lady seemed totally unprepared to be on a huge public stage, unfamiliar with what her role was supposed to be and unfamiliar even with the events to which she was supposed to be witness.
The young man’s testimony seemed to have been cut off due to some “technical difficulties”, which was unfortunate because I think his was the most damaging testimony to the defense. He was the guy on the tape who kept telling Chauvin he was killing Floyd, and that he was enjoying it.
I’m afraid that white people in this country may be vastly underestimating the effect that Chauvin’s exoneration would have on awake people of color.
We’ve seen that story so many times we can recite the script by heart. You know the drill: “The officer followed procedure. The dead black person was uncooperative and suspicious and criminal and dangerous and drug-crazed. The officer feared for his life. We have to accept the judgement of the jury.”
I just don’t think that script will be able to pacify, this time.
So, I guess we’ll see.