Controversial photo of Chauvin juror #52 prompts legal questions

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 MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - APRIL 20: People react after the verdict was read in the Derek Chauvin trial on April 20, 2021 In Minneapolis, Minnesota. Former police officer Derek Chauvin was on trial on second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd May 25, 2020.  After video was released of then-officer Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds, protests broke out across the U.S. and around the world. The jury found Chauvin guilty on all three charges. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

People react after the verdict was read in the Derek Chauvin trial on April 20, 2021 In Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:35 PM PT – Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Legal questions in the Derek Chauvin trial have been raised after a controversial photo of one of its jurors emerged online. The image of Juror #52, Brandon Mitchell, wearing a t-shirt that reads: “Get your knees off our necks,” has been circulating on social media.

Mitchell wore the “Black Lives Matter” shirt while attending an event in August 2020, which commemorated the 57th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic speech in Washington D.C. However, the juror told local media his participation in the rally had absolutely nothing to do with the George Floyd case.

“It was for voter turnout for being a part of that — for being able to attend the same location that Martin Luther King gave his speech, the historic moment,” Mitchell said. “Either way, I was going to this event in D.C., whether George Floyd was alive or not.”

Legal experts have said the defense could use this to justify an appeal or to even possibly push for a mistrial. The judge is likely to re-interview the juror to decide the next steps.

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