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As Chauvin trial approaches, other jurors in high-profile police trials recall weighty deliberations


March 22, 2021

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Guards admitted people one at a time at the only pedestrian entrance to the Hennepin County Courthouse on Day 2 of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Susan Elgin believed the accused man was innocent.

She was a juror in the 2015 trial of a police officer facing criminal charges in the death of Freddie Gray, a young Black man; Baltimore and the nation were closely watching the verdict months after riots swept the city. Elgin sympathized with Black people harmed by police but told her fellow jurors that the facts did not support a conviction.

"It's difficult for a juror to separate out the emotion and wanting to make a public policy statement versus deciding the issue that you're there to decide in this environment of Black Lives Matter and police accountability," Elgin said.


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