Derek Chauvin's inmate says ex-cop is a dead man walking and warns his 'best case scenario’ is getting beaten up
AN inmate at the jail where Derek Chauvin is being held thinks the best-case scenario for the convicted former Minneapolis cop is that he's "beaten up a lot".
Hannabal Shaddai, who is serving a life sentence at Minnesota Correctional Facility, doesn’t believe George Floyd’s killer is safe among the prison population because of his former profession and the nature of the crime.
Shaddai, 45, claims he doesn't seek revenge but believes Chauvin wouldn't be safe as violence occurs regularly at the maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights.
He told Paradox: “First of all, he’s a cop. Then he did what he did.
"So it’s not safe for him to be here. Best case scenario for him is he’s going to get beat up a lot. I don’t think he’s safe in any prison population."
He has watched the video of Chauvin pressing his knee against George Floyd’s neck and believes the photo of the ex-cop with his hands in his pockets says "everything about the country".
The inmate said: "I’m dark skinned so you know, it hits home.
"That whole picture says to me everything in this country.
"It says, ‘I’m going to kill one of you mother******* in broad daylight with the help of one of your own and ain’t nobody going to do nothing about it."
Shaddai also called for Chauvin to be given a path towards forgiveness – adding that he too was painted as a "monster" at his victim's trial.
He said: “The dude (Chauvin) is an abnormal man, we make him out to be a monster. Just like when I went to trial, the victim’s family said I was a monster."
It comes as Chauvin’s attorney filed a motion asking for a new trial, claiming the former police officer’s conviction came after “jury misconduct”.
Eric J. Nelson requested a new trial on the following grounds: "the interest of justice; abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fair trial; prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial; and a verdict that is contrary to law."
Nelson also claimed that the court abused its discretion for failing to agree to the defense's request for a change of venue and sequestering the jury, documents show.
It’s reported that one of the jurors in Chauvin's trial attended an anti-police protest last summer.
Brandon Mitchell was one of the 12 jurors who convicted ex-Minneapolis cop Chauvin of second and third-degree murder and manslaughter over the killing of Floyd.
Social media images have emerged of Mitchell attending an August 28 protest, at which Floyd's relatives spoke, while wearing a t-shirt with the words ‘GET YOUR KNEE OFF OUR NECKS’ on the front.
Mitchell, a high-school basketball coach, has defended his participation in the event – claiming it was not explicitly a demonstration against police or a commemoration for George Floyd.
Floyd, 46, died on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis when he was arrested by three policemen after a grocery employee alleged that he had used a fake $20 bill.
Police officers who located Floyd near his car claimed he “physically resisted officers” while possibly under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.
Chauvin was the cop kneeling on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes before he lost consciousness.
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