My Thoughts on the Derek Chauvin Trial Thus Far

My Thoughts on the Derek Chauvin Trial Thus Far

Madison White

So this past week the trial regarding George Floyd, and Derek Chauvin began, and it had been running on my tv over a course of days during my Spring break. And i’m pretty glad I have kept up with the trial. Hearing different witnesses testify, and observing the prosecution and defense’s strategies has been really interesting. The trial really feels like a movie courtroom scene playing out live. But at the same time, it is very, very real. And it truly is crazy to witness such a historical, emotional moment take place. My thoughts thus far on the trial, the defense just doesn’t seem to have much to work with here. And I don’t really think this trial is a matter of who is guilty and who is not, but more so how much time will Derek Chauvin receive, and is it 2nd degree manslaughter, or murder. Another thing about this trial that I have noticed, is just the crazy amount of access we have had to everything. I have gotten to see evidence and video footage that had never been released to the public before, and seeing each witnesses testify in such a raw, vulnerable way can really change ones perspective. Hearing certain details a witness may expose that can make or break the case live, has been crazy. On day 5 of the trial two high-ranking Minneapolis police officer’s testified that the use of force against Floyd was totally unnecessary. And Chauvin, who throughout the whole trial has just sat and observed while excessively writing in his notebook, hasn’t ever reacted to any of the information being shared. I mean just watching the defense try and make an argument out of the situation has me cringing every time. Overall, as the first week of the trial has come to a close, I just thought I’d share some of my thoughts. And I would 100 percent recommend trying to watch a little bit of the trial if you have time. It was definitely an eye opening and thought provoking experience that can allow for some really great conversations.