A juror who convicted Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd defended attending a protest last summer in Washington D.C, according to The Associated Press.
A photo of Brandon Mitchell circulated online showing him at a protest in Washington, D.C. in August at a rally commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech.
The siblings of George Floyd, the man Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering last May, spoke at the rally.
Mitchell was reportedly in a shirt that said, “GET YOUR KNEE OFF OUR NECKS” and “BLM.”
“I’d never been to [Washington] D.C.,” Mitchell said Monday, Mitchell told the Star Tribune. “The opportunity to go to D.C., the opportunity to be around thousands and thousands of Black people; I just thought it was a good opportunity to be a part of something.”
Mitchell is the only juror who’s spoken publicly about the case. He told Prime host Charles Blow Monday that being a part of the trial was like going to a funeral.
“Every time you walked into the courtroom, each day felt like a dark cloud. You’re watching the video of somebody dying, George Floyd,” Mitchell said.
There has been speculation online that this information would be used by Chauvin for an appeal that he didn’t get a fair trial, the Associated Press reported.
A Mitchell Hamline School of Law professor, Ted Sampsell-Jones, told the Associated Press that the photo could be “evidence that Chauvin can point to in order to establish that his right to an impartial jury was denied.”
According to the Associated Press, Mitchell answered “no” to questions on if he or anyone he knows attended any protests against police brutality and police use of force.
Mitchell told the Star Tribune that the protest wasn’t a march for Floyd. “It was directly related to MLK’s March on Washington from the ’60s… The date of the March on Washington is the date … It was literally called the anniversary of the March on Washington,” he said.