*If you missed it, Monday night Earl Gray, an attorney for Thomas Lane, one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd, made, in our view, a cornball attempt to defend his client’s failure to intervene during the nearly nine minutes that former officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck.
We don’t know what prompted him or why he thought it was relevant, but Gray, appearing on CNN’s “Prime Time with Chris Cuomo,” said that no civilian bystanders stepped in to stop the officers either.
“If all these people say, ‘why didn’t my client intercede,’ well, if the public is there and they’re so in an uproar about this, they didn’t intercede either,” Gray said, adding that Lane was holding down Floyd’s legs and was in a position where he “couldn’t really see” what was going on.
Gray’s comment didn’t go over too well and was immediately met by backlash from attorneys who said his remarks were a big mistake. It also prompted Cuomo to cut the lawyer off and point out two glaring problems with what he said.
“One—you’re lying on a man’s legs, you’ve got a fine view of what’s going on with that man. The other officer is literally a foot in front of you on his neck. Two, I understand that he has a senior officer telling him what to do, but there’s also a duty to intervene. And if the officer is doing something that is dangerous to a civilian, you have a duty to intervene, and he did not intervene,” Cuomo said. “And the idea that the civilians should have rushed in to a policing situation in the inner city of Minneapolis against four police officers that have weapons and are kneeling on the neck of a man—don’t you think that’s asking a little much of civilians and a little too little of your client?”
Gray’s response was rather weak, saying he “just brought that up” without providing an explanation as to why it was relevant.
The attorney for one of the officer’s charged in George Floyd’s death says that if the public is so concerned about Floyd’s death, why didn’t any citizen witnessing the incident intervene. What?!! pic.twitter.com/JzTBzCZSOB
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) June 9, 2020
Gray later said that his client, a rookie, thought he was following the Minneapolis Police Department protocol.
In response to that comment, CNN put up a graphic showing Section 5-303.01 of the Minneapolis Police Department’s Use of Force Policy concerning an officer’s duty to intervene:
“It shall be the duty of every sworn employee present at any scene where physical force is being applied to either stop or attempt to stop another sworn employee when force is being inappropriately applied or is no longer required.”
“This was quite possibly the worst comment I’ve ever seen a lawyer make in defense of his client,” national security attorney Bradley P. Moss tweeted about Gray’s appearance.
This was quite possibly the worst comment I’ve ever seen a lawyer make in defense of his client. https://t.co/ESEctiHi7M
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) June 9, 2020
Attorney Mark Zaid basically seconded Moss’s view.
“I often speak to media about my clients, but majority of my cases are civil. Sometimes in criminal cases interviews are appropriate, but the [attorney] best really be prepared to be persuasive,” Zaid wrote. “There are reasons why criminal defense [attorneys] should not speak publicly. This is one example.”
I often speak to media abt my clients, but majority of my cases are civil. Sometimes in criminal cases interviews are appropriate, but the attny best really be prepared to be persuasive.
There are reasons why criminal defense attnys should not speak publicly. This is one example https://t.co/bydUrMg49E
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) June 9, 2020
In a previous interview with a CNN reporter, the attorney seemingly called the theory of the case against his client “bullshit,” reports LawandCrime.com.
“I’m not claiming that he was following orders. I’m claiming that he thought what he was doing was right. Because he asked a training officer: ‘Should we roll him over?’ Twice. You’ve got to have criminal intent for second-degree murder. And, frankly, this is bullshit.”
Our job is to ask the hard questions.
That often doesn’t win us friends, especially defense attorneys for police officers charged with accessory to murder, who are trying to shift blame away from their clients.
(pardon the profanity) pic.twitter.com/xBdEREJySX
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) June 5, 2020
Geo. Floyd’s Killer Derek Chauvin Has Divorce Settlement DENIED Due to Possibility of Fraud
*A Washington County (Minnesota) judge has rejected a divorce settlement filed by Derek Chauvin’s estranged wife due to the possibility of fraud.
Days after Derek was officially charged with manslaughter and the murder of George Floyd, Kellie Chauvin filed for divorce on May 31. However, divorce attorneys have looked into the paperwork and claimed it may have been a ploy to protect their assets against lawsuits in civil court as reported by Star Tribune. Judge Juanita Freeman wrote in her ruling back in October that a “court has a duty to ensure that marriage dissolution agreements are fair and equitable. One badge of fraud is a party’s transfer of ‘substantially all’ of his or her assets.”
Attorney Marc Beyer stated due to the timing of the divorce filing, the court can suspect that there could be a possibility of fraud but it is still speculation.
“This is just speculation, but it’s possible that the [agreement] was intentionally drafted to get assets out of Chauvin’s name in anticipation of a civil judgment against him from the estate of George Floyd.
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MAGA Creature at D.C. Trump Rally Says Cop Should’ve Kneeled On George Floyd’s Neck Longer (Watch)
*A supporter of outgoing President Donald Trump has gone viral for saying that George Floyd would be alive today had he just “behaved,” and that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin should have kneeled on his neck “longer.”
“If he would’ve behaved from the get-go, and not try to pass false money, he’d still be alive today,” the man says to the person recording. “It’s not that hard to behave.”
The video was tweeted Sunday, Nov. 15, by Dave Pal, who runs the Twitter account Fifty Shades of Whey. The man, whose name isn’t known, is sporting a red “Trump 2020” visor over a wig. In a follow up tweet, Pal said that he was “last seen” at the “Million MAGA March” on Nov. 14 in Washington, D.C.
A man’s voice behind the camera asks the marcher if he is “OK” with the fact that Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
“He should’ve done it f****** longer. He should’ve done it longer,” he says again on camera. “You need more?”
The videographer then says he is “flabbergasted” before filming stops.
Shemar Moore Insisted ‘S.W.A.T.’ Season Premiere Link to Death of George Floyd (Video)
*Tonight’s season premiere of “S.W.A.T.” takes on the police killings of African Americans as part of a systemic pattern, and you can thank star/executive producer Shemar Moore and executive producer Aaron Rahsaan Thomas for the choosing to focus on the subject matter.
“We’ve been successful for three years playing super-cops and entertaining folks,” Moore told the Associated Press. “For ‘S.W.A.T.’ to take on what’s been happening around this country, in the world, is very brave and very bold.”
Thomas said it’s a step toward fulfilling the vision for the series he co-created with Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”). It’s a reboot of the 1975-76 series with Steve Forrest as Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, head of a mostly white SWAT unit. This time around, Hondo is an LA-born African American striving to uphold the law and connect his multiethnic team with the community it serves.
The episode, notes The AP, “is one answer to whether network TV dramas, ever reliant on law enforcement officers as unalloyed heroes, can reflect opposing views as the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others drive demands for systemic change in police practices.”
The “S.W.A.T.” story line is directly linked to Floyd’s death last May while in the custody of Minneapolis police. Watch the promo above.
The episode airs 9 p.m. EST Wednesday on CBS.
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