An alternate juror in the Derek Chauvin homicide trial stated she was relieved she wasn’t on the jury as a result of she was “apprehensive” about how folks would react to the decision — however she added that she “felt he was responsible.”
“I used to be apprehensive about regardless of the verdict could also be, if some folks felt strongly on one facet, different folks felt strongly on the opposite facet,” Lisa Christensen, one in every of two alternates, instructed “CBS This Morning” on Thursday.
“So it doesn’t matter what, I felt like anyone wasn’t going to be completely satisfied.”
Nonetheless, Christensen, who nonetheless sat by way of each minute of the trial, stated she felt the previous Minneapolis cop was responsible of murdering George Floyd.
“I felt he was responsible. They learn the jury directions to us in the courtroom, briefly. I didn’t know if it was going to be responsible on all counts however I’d have stated responsible,” Christensen stated.
Requested why she believed Chauvin was responsible, she stated she “felt the prosecution made a very good, sturdy argument,” singling out Dr. Martin Tobin, a world-renowned respiratory professional who provided riveting testimony for the prosecution.
“He defined all the pieces, I understood it, right down to the place he stated that is the second that he misplaced his life — actually bought to me,” she stated.
Christensen additionally stated she didn’t assume Chauvin’s protection made a “good impression.”
She stated she thought protection lawyer Eric Nelson “over-promised in the start and didn’t dwell as much as what he stated he was going to do.”
The alternate additionally was requested about her first impression of Chauvin.
“Each time I’d lookup, he was proper in my imaginative and prescient. So we locked eyes fairly just a few occasions and I used to be fairly uncomfortable,” she stated, including that it appeared to her the disgraced cop was a “chief” on the scene “and different officers had been following his lead.”
Christensen additionally praised Darnella Frazier, the Minneapolis teen who shot the viral video of Floyd’s homicide.
“I actually felt that she felt responsible for not doing extra. And she feels accountable in a method, and I really feel actually unhealthy for her,” she stated. “However I commend her on taking the video as a result of with out her, I don’t assume this may have been potential.”
Christensen stated the case will have an effect on her for some time.
“I simply don’t perceive the way it bought from a counterfeit $20 invoice to a demise. It form of shocks me,” she stated.
In the meantime, Minnesota Legal professional Normal Keith Ellison stated in his first interview because the trial ended that Chauvin put “ego earlier than policing.”
“It’s actually an exertion of authority, somewhat than making an attempt to say look, the job of a police officer is to take care of people who find themselves not having their finest day,” Ellison instructed Scott Pelley of “60 Minutes.”
“So I take into consideration motive, we weren’t required to show motive, however what I noticed is anyone who simply put ego earlier than policing, ego earlier than the discharge of a public belief and responsibility,” he stated.
The AG stated that when the group urged Chauvin to let go of Floyd as he was dying, “he was staring proper again at them defiantly.”
Ellison stated the cop was saying, in impact, “You folks haven’t any management over me. I’m going to point out you.”
He additionally stated Floyd was not really resisting, however somewhat “he wasn’t complying as a result of he was having an emotional response to stepping into that automotive.”
A 12-member jury late Tuesday afternoon discovered Chauvin responsible of all three fees of second-degree homicide, third-degree homicide and manslaughter after simply over 10 hours of deliberations.
He was transferred to the maximum-security Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights, the place he stays beneath “administrative segregation.”