The Professor of Criminal Justice at Bakersfield College speaks on the Derek Chauvin case

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) – While Derek Chauvin’s trial continues, 23ABC News spoke to a criminal justice professor at Bakersfield College to gain a better understanding of the process.

Dr. Tommy Tunson said one thing that strikes him is the reliance on medical evidence and biological facts. The defense has already established that Chauvin’s actions did not kill George Floyd, but that Floyd’s condition at the time was a major factor in his death.

Dr. Tunson says it was an interesting tactic: “It has nothing to do with what’s relevant, with 9 minutes 49 seconds knees on the neck. That was my concern.”

23ABC learned Thursday that Chauvin will not testify in court citing his 5th Amendment rights.

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Dr. At a trial like this, Tunson said he wasn’t surprised Chauvin chose not to take the stand.

“That’s standard. And a good defense attorney will never involve his client in such a public and well-known case where everyone has seen the video. I think it’s a smart move because there is nothing he could have done about it. ” what people saw and what the jury heard. “

Dr. Tunson added that this step doesn’t necessarily reflect the outcome of the study.


23ABC interview: Dr. Tommy Tunson, law enforcement advisor, retired professor of police and criminal justice at Bakersfield College

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