The prosecution of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd has started using the phrase “neck area” instead of “neck” after the defense proved that Chauvin’s knee was not on his neck through the encounter, as the media had earlier reported.
Earlier in the week, Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, highlighted “camera perspective bias,” and got testimony from Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo in which Arradondo said that Chauvin had used his knee on the “shoulder blade.”
As legal analyst Andrew Branca said this week, the prosecution has tried to use the phrase “neck area” in response to this turn in the case.
Yet the liberal media continues to report the trial as though the prosecution made an irrefutable case. The AP published its conclusions under the headline: “Expert: Chauvin never removed knee from Floyd’s neck area.”
Critics predict that the media’s one-sided coverage might shape public expectations that would encourage riots if Chauvin is not convicted.
Author: Blake Ambrose