A juror who served on the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin came forward this week to speak about the case so he can “help push for change.”
The juror, 31-year-old Brandon Mitchell, also disclosed that he has been pulled over by police officers “dozens of times” in the past for “no reason,” suggesting his identity as a black male made him suspect.
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Mitchell “said he decided to come forward because ‘staying anonymous wouldn’t help push for change.’”
“Mr. Mitchell said he was pulled over for no reason by Minneapolis police dozens of times in his early 20s, usually driving his mother’s aging Chrysler Sebring,” the paper reported. “He said he has always told his players to follow the checklist his mother gave him during these encounters. Take your hat off; announce what you’re doing; be polite; do what you’re told.”
“But serving on the jury has made him see how wrong it is