An alternate juror on the trial of Derek Chauvin mentioned she agreed with the jury’s determination to convict him in George Floyd’s dying, saying she noticed Chauvin because the chief of officers on the scene and that he dismissed warnings by bystanders that Floyd was in peril.
“I felt he was responsible,” Lisa Christensen mentioned on “CBS This Morning” in a narrative aired Thursday. “I didn’t know if it was going to be responsible on all counts, however I might have mentioned responsible.”
Christensen was one in all two alternates dismissed by Decide Peter Cahill after Monday’s closing arguments. The remaining 12 jurors voted unanimously Tuesday to convict Chauvin on all counts: second-degree homicide, third-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter. The identities of jurors and alternates are protected beneath the decide’s order, and Christensen is the primary to publicly converse out.
Chauvin, 45, was by far essentially the most senior officer on the scene. Prosecutors mentioned he pinned Floyd to the pavement exterior Cup Meals, the place Floyd had been accused of passing a counterfeit $20 invoice, for 9 minutes, 29 seconds. Three different officers, since fired, face trial in August.
“I felt like he was the chief, and the opposite officers have been following his lead,” Christensen mentioned. “I sort of felt like he wasn’t taking the warnings severely clearly, sort of like, ‘I do know what I am doing.'”
Christensen described her impressions of Chauvin.
“Each time I might lookup, he was proper in my imaginative and prescient,” she mentioned. “So we locked eyes fairly a number of instances and I used to be fairly uncomfortable.”
Prosecutors performed a variety of movies for the jury, together with teenager Darnella Frazier’s bystander video that was seen worldwide within the hours after Floyd’s dying. That video and the officers’ physique digicam video captured bystanders shouting at Chauvin and the opposite officers to get off Floyd, warning that they have been chopping off his respiration and asking them to examine for a pulse.
Christensen mentioned she felt prosecutors “made a very good, sturdy argument” and credited Dr. Martin Tobin, one in all their medical specialists, for his testimony on how Floyd’s respiration was minimize off by the restraint.
“Dr. Tobin was the one that actually did it for me. He defined every little thing to me, I understood it, all the way down to the place he mentioned, ‘This was the second the place he misplaced his life.’ Actually bought to me.”
Christensen was essential of the protection, saying lawyer Eric Nelson ” overpromised at first and didn’t dwell as much as what he mentioned he was going to do.”
Nelson argued that Floyd died resulting from his use of medicine and to coronary heart points. He additionally argued that movies have been misleading, that Chauvin’s knee wasn’t on Floyd’s neck so long as prosecutors mentioned and that an post-mortem discovered no proof of injury to his neck. And he sought to painting the involved bystanders as a threatening crowd that distracted officers.
Nelson has not commented because the verdicts and didn’t instantly reply to a message Thursday.
Christensen praised Frazier for taking pictures the video, saying with out it she didn’t suppose the case would have been doable.
“I simply don’t perceive the way it bought from a counterfeit $20 invoice to a dying,” she mentioned. “It sort of shocks me.”