On Tuesday, a jury found that former police officer Derek Chauvin is guilty of all charges related to the death of George Floyd. Now, a juror from the Chauvin trial shared some insight about the experience.
As the trial went on, presiding Judge Peter Cahill had mentioned that they were dangerously close to getting a mistrial.
Lisa Christensen, an alternate juror, sat down in an interview with Lou Raguse, a Kare 11 reported, providing more information about what happened in the courtroom.
I just had a fascinating sit-down interview with one of the alternate jurors in the Derek Chauvin trial.
Lisa Christensen was the juror who lived in Brooklyn Center. One night she could hardly make it home after testimony ended because of protesters blocking intersections. pic.twitter.com/KUtHSOGm8N
— Lou Raguse (@LouRaguse) April 22, 2021
According to Raguse on Twitter, Christensen said she had trouble making it home one night after the testimonies ended as protesters blocked intersections.
Raguse said the alternate juror think Chauvin was guilty. Dr. Martin Tobin’s testimony influenced Christensen the most to make this conclusion.
He said the demonstration where the jurors were asked to feel their necks was extremely effective.
Raguse then said Christensen went home each night and took notes about the witnesses. However, in the end, the court only chose her as an alternate.
Christensen also gave insight on how much pressure the jurors experienced to deliver a “guilty” verdict.
Chauvin Trial Juror Says They Experienced A Lot Of Pressure
According to Raguse’s report, Christensen and the other jurors didn’t share their real names or what they did for a living. Instead, they just used their juror numbers to call each other. The alternate juror also said they got along but mostly had small talk. Apparently, they felt worried they will say “too much.”
Christensen also admitted that jury intimidation had a major role in the Chauvin trial. Even before the verdict was given, many Democratic politicians said the “right” decision is a guilty one.
Some of the said politicians include President Joe Biden and California Rep. Maxine Waters.
Given that at least one member of the jury shared their insight and mentioned that intimidation plays a role in the trial, an appeal to the verdict may appear soon.