Updated: Apr 13, 2021
Opening arguments for the criminal prosecution of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin (#ChauvinTrial) over his involvement in the alleged killing of #GeorgeFloyd begin Monday, March 29, 2021. If the Keith Ellison-led Minnesota prosecution continues to leverage its draconian pre-trial tactics, the American public will not witness justice, but a state-sanctioned witch burning on national television.
Pictured above: Derek Chauvin and George Floyd
Images of former Minneapolis Police Department Officer Derek Chauvin postured with his knee planted upon the base of George Perry Floyd's neck on May 25, 2020 are forever burned into the collective consciousness of the American public. These images sparked nationwide fury and mass violence over a narrative that today -- no different than the 1950s American Jim Crow South -- US law enforcement officials are systematically and disproportionately targeting and killing black men — a false narrative.
Emergency medical personnel and former Minneapolis Police Officer Thomas Lane were unable to resuscitate Floyd while transporting him to the hospital on the evening of May 25, 2020. The knee submission hold employed by Chauvin for 8 minutes and 46 seconds as Floyd slipped from consciousness was a technique taught by the Minneapolis Police Academy. Now that third degree murder was recently added to the list of Chauvin's existing criminal charges of second degree murder and manslaughter, the primary issue at trial buried deep beneath the trappings of political circus and social justice rhetoric will be whether Chauvin's knee medically caused the death of George Floyd.
Fraught with landmines is the political and cultural landscape for anyone not publicly pledging fealty to Minnesota's prosecution of Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd. The jury likely understands this. Ahead of trial, Antifa cells have barricaded George Floyd square in Minneapolis where a black man, Imez Wright, has already been murdered this month. Furthermore Antifa cells are actively preventing press and local law enforcement from entering the area.
In the days following May 25, 2020, Minneapolis city prosecutors handled the criminal processing of Derek Chauvin and fellow ex-Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao before state prosecutors led by attorney general Keith Ellison took over the prosecution. Ellison’s close ties to left-wing radicalism and black supremacy should be alarming to anyone concerned with real justice beyond the vapid rhetoric and authoritarian tendencies of modern-day "social justice."
Pictured above: George Floyd Square. At the center is a monument depicting a Black Power fist - derived from Marxist communist revolution iconography and often used as branding for Antifa and BLM propaganda.
Keith Ellison was a member and staunch defender of the Nation of Islam -- a black supremacy hate group led by "Minister" Louis Farrakhan -- throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In law school at the University of Minnesota writing for The Minnesota Daily, Ellison, then going by the pseudonym, “Keith E. Hakim,” defended statements made by Kwame Ture (formerly known as Civil Right activists turned violent Black Power apologist, Stokely Carmichael, who, incidentally, coined the term "institutional racism") bizarrely and baselessly asserting that Zionist Jews collaborated with Nazis during World War II. Ture, while very careful to emphasize that he “never admired a white man,” proclaimed in 1970 that “the greatest of [white men]” was Adolf Hitler. During Ellison's early post-law school years he also publicly defended Nation of Islam leader and raging anti-semite, Louis Farrakhan. Ellison renounced his ties to Nation of Islam only after being outed while running for a Minnesota Congressional seat in 2006.
Fast forward to 2018 when Ellison — then representing Minnesota in the United States Congress — was active on Twitter taunting President Trump and promoting Dartmouth University professor Mark Bray’s Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook. Ellison wrote:
“I just found the book that strike [sic] fear in the heart of @realDonaldTrump.”
Professor Bray often romanticizes and promotes violence against alleged fascists and “Nazis” — essentially labeling as a Nazi anyone not fully on board with Antifa’s agenda -- that is, any person who opposes radical communist movements like Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is a transphobic racist heteronormative Christian Nazi fascist according to Bray. In 2017 Bray wrote:
"We may not always be able to change someone’s beliefs, but we sure as hell can make it politically, socially, economically, and sometimes physically costly to articulate them.”
Clearly Keith Ellison is sympathetic to Bray's brand of violence and censorship directed toward political opposition. Ellison's Tweet promoting violent Antifa propaganda remained on his Twitter account for over a year until he removed it after journalist Andy Ngo was assaulted and critically injured by Antifa radicals in June 2019.
Pictured above: Minnesota State Attorney General Keith Ellison in a since-deleted Tweet from 2018 while serving in US Congress promoting Dartmouth University professor Mark Bray's Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.
The balance of justice in Minnesota prejudicing defendant Chauvin has been further laden by Keith Ellison’s son, Jeremiah Ellison — a local Minneapolis radical left-winger following in the footsteps of his father. Jeremiah Ellison sat on the very same city council that approved an unprecedented civil settlement payout to George Floyd’s family. Indeed, just two weeks before Derek Chauvin’s trial was slated to begin, Floyd family attorney Ben Crump announced a record-breaking $27 million dollar proposed settlement agreed upon by the City of Minneapolis. This public announcement resulted in the dismissal of two previously selected jury members who acknowledged their difficulty with separating the City of Minneapolis's assent to such a monumental settlement from an admission of liability that portends criminal culpability on the part of Chauvin.
Yet even before this landmark civil settlement was announced, the New York Times reported leaked information revealing that Derek Chauvin was allegedly willing to plead guilty to third degree murder shortly after his arrest amid the peak of mass left-wing terrorism — “mass disobedience” per BLM — following Floyd’s death during the summer of 2020. According to the leak, the plea deal was rejected by then-sitting US Attorney General William Barr as no investigation had yet been completed, let alone started, as to the alleged criminal conduct of Chauvin or the other officers. It should be obvious that to ensure due process for criminal defendants under the American Constitution, plea negotiations are, with limited exceptions not applicable in this case, privileged and confidential. Accordingly, attorneys representing the former Minneapolis police officers filed motions for sanctions against Ellison after ascertaining that the alleged leak most likely originated from the Minnesota attorney general's office.
Truly Minnesota and its largest city are laboring vigorously to appease the woke mob — a “social justice” mob that will likely burn and destroy writ-large after the trial regardless of outcome. Indeed, it is axiomatic that one should never negotiate with or capitulate to terrorists. While the district judge presiding over the case, Peter Cahill, wisely permitted what will likely be one of the highest profile cases in American history to be televised subject to protecting the identity of the jury members, AG Ellison filed a failed motion opposing opening the Chauvin proceedings to public view.
Considering the recent leak of Chauvin’s confidential plea negotiations, the timing of the announcement of the Minneapolis City Council’s shocking $27 million dollar settlement with the Floyd family, along with the continued emergence of evidence tending to show that — in contrast to the 2020 summer-long media narrative — Floyd was actively resisting arrest, Floyd had ingested toxic levels of illicit substances and was behaving erratically, and Floyd was observed by the Hennepin County coroner as having no traumatic injuries indicative of asphyxiation, the prosecution's draconian and prejudicial pretrial tactics reek of a desperate and concerted effort to bolster the false "social justice" narrative that inspired nine months of left-wing destruction. Keith Ellison understands the power of censorship and darkness. Indeed, "Democracy dies in darkness" as Jeff Bezos' left-wing propaganda rag likes to sloganeer.
Likely fully aware of the life-altering risks inherent to a potential leak of personally identifying information to BLM and/or Antifa cells under a state sanctioned prosecutorial regime sympathetic to radical left-wing extremism, the degree of courage necessary for a jury to acquit should the evidence at trial demonstrate, as it likely will, that Chauvin’s submission hold was, indeed, not a causal factor in Floyd’s tragic death will be Herculean. Any show of human courage at all is exceedingly rare in a modern-day America obsessed with comfort and sheepish orthodox conformity. A jury acutely familiar with the fraught cultural and political climate and that was alive during the last nine months will necessarily feel overwhelming peer and institutional pressure to convict Chauvin no matter how exculpatory the objective evidence. Let us hope and pray for true courage and justice to prevail in a time of overwhelming American left-wing authoritarian oppression. Despite the State of Minnesota working tirelessly to prejudice a criminal defendant, perhaps the courage and fortitude of twelve jury members will remind the left-wing that no amount of extra-judicial terror and oppression can break the American institution of impartial justice.