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Blog Derek Chauvin Trial and a Broken System : I deal in hope

I deal in hope : Carolyn R Scheidies

Blog Derek Chauvin Trial and a Broken System

Note: This article not for argument or discussion, but for consideration and thought

One headline screamedDerek Chauvin Found Guilty Of George Floyd’s Murder.” 

Let me be plain right now. Did Chauvin do something wrong? Yes. However what most do not realize, many don’t want to realize, is that there were mitigating circumstances. Floyd was so pumped up on drugs that he was already a possible “dead man walking.” (Floyd had fentanyl, methamphetamine and more in his system.) 

The media went out of its way to paint this drug addict as a mild person seeking to get his life in order. Of course, he wasn’t all bad. Yet, Floyd served five years in prison for aggravated robbery–with a weapon. He was also arrested on drug and theft charges. Still, the media hammered and hammered their manufactured version of the story, including racism, inciting violent protests across the country. Few even tried to find the truth beyond the media twists on truth. Racism was not a factor in the court case. The racist twist was manufactured by the media and violent protesters.

It is easier to get angry and use that anger as an excuse to burn down property and assault others, causing untold damage physically and emotionally. How many realized when people were seriously injured or may have even died that their protests, their actions, were at least as egregious as the original cause–the horrifying death of Floyd. Are not the violent protesters also guilty?  

But worse was the hit to a justice system that first is supposed to assume a person is innocent until proven guilty by the preponderance of the evidence. Second, all evidence pro and against is to be considered seriously. Third, jurists are supposed to find on the evidence, not on assumptions, not due to an agenda, and, certainly not because they feel intimidated and threatened. Do you believe they felt threatened when blood was smeared on what was believed to the home of one of the defense witnesses, though, he no longer lived there?  

What was the jury supposed to believe when both violent protesters and the media made threats, letting the jury know their lives and the lives of their loved ones, as well as cities, persons and property, were in jeopardy if Chauvin was found anything but totally and irrevocably guilty? These threats very much affected the trial. How could they not?  Mob rule and intimidation are scary. Such tactics mean you may not ever have a fair trial in this country again, because your participation may well put a target on your back. 

Now Chauvin is isolated and locked up with a verdict given by scared jurists and a court system no longer able to function with truth, balance and safety. 

This court case was little more than a vigilantly hanging. Chauvin did not get a fair trial. If his sentence is not mitigated through appeals, we can no longer call ourselves a civilized country. Watch out, those of you who were sure of their hate. Next time, the mob may come after you or those you love, Who is going to be there then to protect your person and your rights?

(c) 2021 Carolyn R Scheidies

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