Former Minnesota cop Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of three charges over the death of American felon George Floyd last summer, with the jury reaching their decision after less than eleven hours of deliberation over three weeks’ worth of evidence.
The decision came just hours after US President Joe Biden defied Judge Peter Cahill’s request for politicians to stop talking about the case, when he said he was praying for the “right verdict” – spurring condemnation from some who saw his intervention as an attack on due process and the rule of law.
Former right-hand man to Brexit icon Nigel Farage, Raheem Kassam, has speculated that “the real reason Joe Biden and Maxine Waters interfered is so there’s cause for appeal and this shit drags on” and top US lawyer Alan Dershowitz, most famous for defending OJ Simpson and Claus von Bulow, said Congresswoman Waters “borrowed the playbook of the Ku Klux Klan from the 1920s, the 1930s” when she called for rowdy protesters to “stay on the streets” if Chauvin was acquitted.
The verdict came in the wake of a week of left-wing riots in the city following the accidental shooting of wanted criminal Duante Wright, as he broke free of cops and tried evading arrest. The riots saw local businesses trashed and looted by an unruly BLM-inspired mob.
Protesters marched on the courthouse last night chanting “Chauvin guilty” and earlier today gathered to chant “if George don’t get it / burn it down”.
Even more shockingly a key witness for the defense was targeted by thugs who smeared what they thought was his home in pig’s blood.
Top conservative commentator Matt Walsh has chimed in on the trial, saying that “the mob, led by Democrats at the highest level, successfully intimidated the jury into getting the result they wanted before the trial started”.
Indeed, many will recall the weeks of violent rioting across the United States and much of the western world in the wake of Floyd’s death and wonder how an finding an impartial jury in Minneapolis without preconceptions would be possible in the first place.
The charges are second-degree manslaughter, third-degree murder, and second degree murder and will see the ex-cop spend decades behind bars if he fails to successfully appeal the decision.