Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after he knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes on May 25, 2020.
Floyd’s death led to nationwide demonstrations for racial equality and against police brutality.
The jurors who spoke to CNN said they probably would have come to the same verdicts if Chauvin had testified in his defense, but they said they would have liked to hear what he was thinking. Videos of the killing, recorded by bystanders and others, factored into the jurors’ decision-making, they said.
“The camera doesn’t lie,” Sherri Belton Hardeman told CNN. “And it was in slow motion at times while you were sitting there in court. … So it was hard. It played a huge role though. It truly did.”
Jurors also discussed the toll of repeatedly watching video footage of Floyd’s death. Jodi Doud told CNN the video “bothered me so much.” She added, “How could somebody do that to someone else? And it was a slow death. It wasn’t just a gunshot and they’re dead.”
Lisa Christensen, an alternate juror who was empaneled with the jury but dismissed before deliberations, has also given interviews.
On Monday, court officials released the names of all 14 sworn jurors and alternates in response to a motion by media outlets including The Washington Post. In the Oct. 25 order granting the outlets’ request, Hennepin County District Judge Peter A. Cahill had noted that court records are presumed public under Minnesota law. The Post is not identifying the jurors who have not come forward publicly; none immediately responded to requests for comment Monday afternoon.
The 12 jurors and two alternates were kept anonymous throughout the trial and in the months that followed under an order from Cahill meant to shield them from unwanted contact, harassment, influence or intimidation. The judge cited massive interest in the case, along with hostile behavior and communications directed at Chauvin, his co-defendants, defense attorneys and Hennepin County District Attorney Michael Freeman.
The court previously provided demographic information on the jurors, including gender, age range and racial identity, but barred broadcasting their images. Prosecutors and the defense referred to them by juror number only.
State prosecutors had asked that the identities of the jurors remain sealed. But Cahill wrote in his order that the information is presumptively public unless there is strong reason to believe that the jury needs protection from external threats or that releasing it would interfere with the administration of justice by making it more difficult to seat a jury.
He said he could not determine “any strong reason” to believe that either of those issues remained six months after the trial. The jurors who went public had reported no threats to their safety, he said, and the court was able to seat a jury after jurors were identified in other high-profile cases. Cahill also pointed out that before the trial, he informed the prospective members of the jury that they should expect their identities to be released by the court.
Chauvin was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department shortly after his conviction. A little over a year later, he was sentenced in June to 22½ years in prison. Three other former Minneapolis officers charged in Floyd’s killing are awaiting trial.
Jennifer Jenkins contributed to this report.