The jury failed to come back with a verdict in the case of Bridges McRae, the cop who punched her and used pepper spray on a transgender arrestee after calling her a "faggot" and "he/she" and by her former first name.
One female juror, who asked not to be identified, said later that the verdict was 11-1 in favor of guilty.[...]
The seven women and five men on the jury asked the judge Thursday for an expanded definition of the term "willfulness," which was used in the jury instructions.
In criminal law, willfulness refers to an act done with a bad purpose and without justifiable excuse.
The judge issued a supplemental instruction, saying that if the defendant voluntarily and deliberately committed an act that deprived Johnson of a constitutional right, it is not necessary for the government to prove that McRae knew his actions would violate that right.
The female juror who spoke Monday said that term remained a sticking point and led to the deadlock.
"We were seeking justice. That's all," she said, declining to reveal how she had voted.
It's only a matter of time before the lone holdout gets interviewed. I'd like to know what the sticking point was here - were the officer's actions not voluntary? Deliberate? Did he have an excuse? Does someone being tall mean that they can't possibly be beat down, even if there are five eyewitnesses, video, and other witnesses who testified that McRae bragged about beating her down afterwards? Or did someone just decide to side with the white, Christian, cis, straight male cop instead of the black trans woman arrested (with charges later dropped) for prostitution?
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