Let's get this straight: I think Chauvin is guilty of manslaughter, but NOT murder. He should be in prison.
Got that? Good. Here's the story that popped up yesterday:
One of the other officers involved in the incident, Thou Thao, filed an interesting pleading this week. He seeks the removal of the Minnesota attorney general from the prosecution of his case. If the facts he alleges are true, this is the minimal remedy for prosecution misconduct he alleges.
He contends that the Hennepin County Coroner Dr. Andrew Baker, who is the only person who performed an autopsy on George Floyd, found that it “revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation” but that he was coerced by Dr. Roger Mitchell, former medical examiner of Washington, D.C., into changing his report, which three days later said the cause of death was “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdural, restraint and neck compression,” a finding at odds with his original post-autopsy report.
Dr. Mitchell seems to have considered himself part of the prosecution, threatening to attack Dr. Baker in the pages of the Washington Post if he stuck with his original report. Post trial, Dr. Mitchell continued acting as a prosecution team member, attacking Dr. David Fowler, a Chauvin defense expert .
THAT changes things, eh?