Amid ongoing efforts to appeal his sentencing over the death of George Floyd, former officer Derek Chauvin criticized his “whole trial” as nothing but “a sham.”
A new documentary produced by journalist Liz Collin streaming on Rumble released last week set sights on squaring the record of the infamous May 25, 2020 death of Floyd while in police custody. Based on her book, “They’re Lying,” she spoke to Chauvin, currently serving a 21-year sentence in an Arizona prison, to get his take for “The Fall of Minneapolis.”
“At the end of the day, the whole trial including sentencing was a sham,” he explained to Collin on the phone, particularly as it pertained to the training he had undergone and evidence deemed inadmissible that would have supported it.
Speaking to the Maximal Restraint Technique that had been regularly maligned by activists and corporate media as the “knee on the neck,” the journalist made note that Chauvin’s attorney had been denied a request by Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill to submit an image of training documents that supported the former Minnesota officer’s case.
“I think it certainly is important,” he told Collin on the phone. “Just the fact that it is a PowerPoint training presentation that the City of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Police Department delivered using that photograph, that at least illustrates some of the training techniques that are performed.”
Last week, Chauvin filed to have his conviction overturned after learning of a previously unexplored theory that Floyd had not died of asphyxia or a drug overdose, but rather had suffered from a paraganglioma, a rare tumor that could cause a fatal surge of adrenaline.
The former officer asserted that his trial attorney, the judge and prosecution had been contacted in 2021 by Dr. William Schaetzel, the pathologist suggesting the theory, but none had made him aware of the man or his theory.
Meanwhile, on Monday the Supreme Court declined a request to hear Chauvin’s appeal after he alleged his right to a fair trial had been violated citing denial of a request to move venues on account of the widespread coverage and ensuing protests and riots.
Collin also spoke with fellow former officer J. Alexander Kueng who had been sentenced to three and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the Floyd case.
“Prison is a very unique experience, I can say, one I never thought I’d see myself in,” he told the journalist. “But it’s very easy to get caught up in a lot of self-wallowing, a lot of whatever thoughts you have in your own head.”
“This isn’t the end and this won’t define me,” he added. “What’s been done is done and I just hope that, at the very least, people in the future keep an open mind and not let instances like this happen.”
Kueng hoped something positive would come from his sentence and offered, “Just use my case as an example as to not jump the gun, not knee jerk, not fall to this race-bait, to the social media, to the media, and let them get away with what they do. Because if things like this keep happening, no one anywhere is going to have any sense of justice left.”
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