Criminal Law and Justice

Breaking the Blue Wall of Silence: Reflections on the Derek Chauvin Trial

June 30, 2021  • Aspen Ideas to Go

The emotionally charged trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd was a milestone case in a country whose legal system has historically been resistant to convict officers for alleged abuses. What did it take to break the blue wall of silence, the informal code among police officers protecting their own? Is it possible to get a fair trial and an impartial jury with this degree of pre-publicity? Was this a one-off victory, or a new beginning for increased accountability in law enforcement? In this episode, members of the prosecution team give insiders’ views of this historic case. Keith Ellison, attorney general for Minnesota, and Neal Katyal, partner at Hogan Lovells, speak with Joshua Johnson, anchor of “The Week with Joshua Johnson” on MSNBC.

This conversation was part of Aspen Ideas: Festival, held on June 28, 2021. View other sessions from the Festival.

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