Jurors in George Floyd Trial Worry About Repercussions if They Acquit Officer

Several prospective jurors in the George Floyd trial have privately expressed concerns for their safety if they return a verdict that is unpopular with the far-left mob, as reported by Breitbart.

Jury selection has been ongoing in the case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of killing Floyd, a black man who attempted to use counterfeit money to make a purchase. Floyd, whose autopsy confirmed that he was high on fentanyl at the time, began acting deranged when the officers arrived, to the point that he had to be restrained for his own safety and the safety of those around him.

Video captured of Chauvin using his knee to pin Floyd down went viral, and after Floyd died in police custody, Chauvin was accused of murdering him via suffocation. The autopsy reports confirmed that his death was actually caused by the aforementioned fentanyl overdose, as well as complications from COVID-19, as Floyd posthumously tested positive for the virus.

Nevertheless, race riots broke out all across the country in the summer of 2020, with far-left domestic terrorists affiliated with Black Lives Matter and Antifa burning down numerous cities, destroying hundreds of businesses, causing approximately $2 billion in damages nationwide, destroying dozens of historic statues and monuments, and killing over 25 people.

As per the Associated Press, one prospective juror “worried about high emotion surrounding the case,” while another “worried his family might be targeted.” Both potential jurors were subsequently dismissed.

Chauvin is currently facing three different charges in the incident: Second-degree manslaughter, second-degree murder, and a newly-reinstated charge of third-degree murder. The latter is widely seen as a move to attach as many charges as possible in hopes of at least some kind of conviction, in the event that Chauvin is acquitted of the more pressing charges like second-degree murder. However, it has also led to fears that the overzealous prosecutors are overcharging the former officer, which could lead to an easier acquittal.

If Chauvin is acquitted, the same mobs that burned America to the ground last year are all but guaranteed to return in force and commence further nationwide acts of arson, looting, and murder. The city of Minneapolis is already bracing for such a possibility, with the city government deploying more law enforcement as the trial approaches, and businesses once again setting up fencing and boarding up their windows in preparation for more damages.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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