Fmr. Prosecutor on Chauvin Trial: If They Convict on Manslaughter, That Will Be a Slap in the Face for This Community

‘A hung jury, there’s still hope’

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HENDERSON: “There’s a saying that if you make them cry in the jury box, they won’t cry in the jury room, and that goes to what you’re saying about desensitizing jurors to evidence. And so yes, I think there’s always that danger when you watch a video over and over again, at the same time, I’ve got to be honest with you, I have come home and told my wife, if I have to watch this video again, I’m going to break down. For me, the more I watch it, the more it hurts, to see the way they treated him, to see how fearful he was of being killed by police. And for anyone who thinks that’s unreasonable, tell that to Philando Castile. Because when Eugene listed off the cases that caused him to have doubt, remember, there have been three killings, wrongful killings of black people in the Minneapolis area in the past five years, Philando Castile, George Floyd, now Daunte Wright. And so, I think what this video probably truly does is further cements what people are already feeling. For those of us who are sympathetic and who appreciate what’s going on it hurts. But for people who are resistant, who want to defend police, I think it has the opposite effect. And that goes towards them trying to seek a hung jury. A hung jury, there’s still hope. You can retry Derek Chauvin. But if they convict on manslaughter, that will be a slap in the face for this community, because the punishment simply will not fit the crime.”

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