Brandon Mitchell biography: 13 things about Derek Chauvin trial juror

Maurice Jauntiness Johnson, Marzell Mitchell, Brandon Mitchell (©Travis Mitchell)
Maurice Jauntiness Johnson, Marzell Mitchell, Brandon Mitchell (©Travis Mitchell)

Brandon Rene Mitchell is an African-American man from Minnesota, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He grew up in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. (a)
  2. He works as a banker. (a)
  3. He is a high school basketball coach. (a)
  4. On August 28, 2020, he attended an event in Washington, D.C., USA commemorating the 57th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream.” He was with his cousins Marzell Mitchell and Maurice Jauntiness Johnson. (b) (c)
  5. On August 31, 2020, his uncle Travis Mitchell took to Facebook to share a photo of him with Marzell and Johnson taken during the Washington, D.C. event on August 28, 2020. In the photo, he is wearing a black cap with the words “Black Lives Matter” and a black shirt with the words “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” and “BLM” and a photo of King. Travis is Marzell’s father. (c)
  6. On December 22, 2020, prospective jurors for the trial of George Floyd murder suspect Derek Chauvin in Hennepin County were mailed a questionnaire asking about their views on the criminal justice system, the police and social movements. He answered no to the questions “Did you, or someone close to you, participate in any of the demonstrations or marches against police brutality that took place in Minneapolis after George Floyd’s death?” and “Other than what you have already described above, have you, or anyone close to you, participated in protests about police use of force or police brutality?” (b)
  7. During the jury selection on March 8, 2021, Chauvin’s lawyer Eric Nelson asked him several questions. He told the lawyer that he had watched clips of bystander video of Floyd’s fatal arrest, he had wondered why three other officers at the scene did not stop Chauvin, he had talked about the case with his family, friends and co-workers, he had a very favorable opinion of Black Lives Matter, he felt neutral about Blue Lives Matter, he knew some police officers at his gym who were great guys and he could be neutral at trial. (b)
  8. He was referred to as Juror 52 during Chauvin’s trial, which started on March 29, 2021. (a) (d)
  9. After watching the video of Floyd’s fatal arrest in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, he did not think Chauvin had any intention of harming anybody but still considered that somebody did die. (d)
  10. For him, discrimination exists well beyond what the news media reports. (d)
  11. He was 31 years old when he served as a juror at Chauvin’s trial. Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on April 20, 2021. (a)
  12. On April 27, 2021, he spoke in the show “Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell,” making him the first juror at Chauvin’s trial to go public. He later spoke with other news outlets and revealed that for him, the biggest testimony that encompassed everything during Chauvin’s trial was that of Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonologist who testified about the moment Floyd died. (a) (e)
  13. Around two weeks after Chauvin’s conviction, the photo his uncle Travis posted on Facebook on August 31, 2020 circulated online. On May 3, 2021, he explained that he attended the Washington, D.C. event on August 28, 2020 because he had never been to the U.S. capital city so he took the opportunity to go there and to “be around thousands and thousands of black people,” which he thought was “a good opportunity to be a part of something.” (b)



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