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Austin activists say Chauvin verdict offers hope for Mike Ramos case

Author Tahera Rahman
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Austin activists say Chauvin verdict offers hope for Mike Ramos case

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Some Black Lives Matter advocates in Austin are celebrating former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s conviction Tuesday.

“Today is just a huge sigh of relief,” said Chas Moore, executive director of the Austin Justice Coalition.

“It’s not a relief, because he’s going to jail,” he added, saying that’s part of the system they’re hoping to reform. “It’s a sigh of relief, because it says that, you know, today, it’s true that Black lives do matter. And when you break that truth, you’ll be held accountable.”

Moore hopes Tuesday’s conviction of Chauvin for murdering George Floyd is a sign for future cases.

He told KXAN he was already thinking about the impending trial of Austin police officer Christopher Taylor. A grand jury indicted him last month for the deadly shooting of Mike Ramos.

“I literally just got a text message from Brenda Ramos, the mother of Mike Ramos. She was, you know, elated to see the verdict. So, I think she’s feeling really reenergized. I think she’s feeling hopeful — as am I,” Moore said.

KXAN turned to an expert on criminal law and justice for perspective.

“It remains rare to see criminal convictions of police officers for the use of force and even rarer to see murder convictions for police officers for the use of force,” said Jennifer Laurin, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law.

Laurin said while the verdict out of Minnesota has no legal bearing on use-of-force cases here, she thinks it’s still a learning moment for many prosecutors.

“Noting what sorts of strategies seem to be persuasive, learning about which experts are potentially more or less persuasive witnesses,” Laurin explained. “I think that prosecutors, even outside the particular jurisdiction in which the case occurs, watch these cases to learn more about how they might make a more persuasive presentation to a particular jury.”

She also notes the unusual nature of Minnesota law that helped prosecutors win their case.

“Second-degree murder in Minnesota can be proved through a theory called ‘felony murder,’ and it can be proved based on the jury believing that an assault occurred and that an individual died in the course of that assault,” said Laurin.

Laurin said that makes murder and felony murder a broader offense in Minnesota than in other places, including, she believes, in Texas.

“I think that has to be seen as part of the story for why the prosecution’s path to conviction in this case was actually — as difficult as it was — easier than it would be in many other jurisdictions where a particular theory on which they prevailed would not have been available,” she said.

That means in other jurisdictions, prosecutors would “have to prove more with respect to the seriousness of the felony and the manner in which it was committed,” she said.

Taylor’s grand jury indictment is the first known indictment of an Austin police officer for first-degree murder resulting from a use-of-force incident, according to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.

There’s no timeline yet for when that trial will begin.

Klopp opens up on feelings towards Ramos after 2018 Champions League final

Jurgen Klopp believes his team of Champions is made for the challenge they face against Real Madrid[1].

And the Liverpool[2] manager has vowed to come out punching on the front foot against the Spanish giants, as he insisted the anger he felt at Sergio Ramos has disappeared.

Klopp made clear he still doesn’t like what the Madrid skipper did to his star striker Mo Salah in the 2018 Champions League final, but claims his Reds “are not on a revenge tour”.

Instead he believes his team terrified Madrid with an attacking mentality until Salah was injured. Now, he wants to do it again.

Sergio Ramos infamously injured Mohamed Salah in 2018
Sergio Ramos infamously injured Mohamed Salah in 2018

“It’s true, with Mo we were really good and (on the front foot) yes, and after he was injured we were not that good any more, Real came up and started dominating,” Klopp explained.

“But actually, our team is built for these kind of games. We face a football playing side which is very helpful for football in general, but for our kind of defending as well.

“It’s how I said, we want to give it a proper go.”

Klopp still believes the outcome of the 2018 final would have been different but for Ramos’s cynical foul which put Salah out of the game.

But he holds no anger any more – just a blueprint of how to beat Real after scaring the life out of them.

“We know we were good that night, but 25 minutes of being really good in a final was never enough. And no-one is interested, when they look back in 10-15 years, how we played the first 25 minutes,” he said.

“But we knew it anyway. It was a different time. We were in a different place. Since then a lot of things happened so we feel good in our situation.”

Jurgen Klopp insists he does not hold a grudge against Ramos
Jurgen Klopp insists he does not hold a grudge against Ramos

Ramos misses the game through injury, but Klopp insisted it didn’t matter anyway. “It has nothing to do with 2018.

“I said after that if I was asked to invite Sergio Ramos to my 60th birthday I would say no. Not because he’s not a great footballer, but because I didn’t like what happened that night.

“But it is long ago. I cannot get that feeling back, that anger, so I don’t even try. What I try is to prepare my team for tomorrow to show how good we are as a football team.”

Klopp is not interested in revenge…but he does want his side to show Liverpool fans they still have the passion and desire to win trophies. “I don’t believe too much in revenge..I want to show our fans that we are still fighting.

Klopp is now fully focused on victory against Madrid on Tuesday
Klopp is now fully focused on victory against Madrid on Tuesday

“That is much more important to me. If people think because we don’t play a good season I am a worse manager then I don’t like that but I don’t care to be honest.

“It’s not about that. We want to get whatever is possible out of this season.”

Madrid are also without star forward Eden Hazard, who has been left out of the squad despite recovering from injury, and manager Zinedine Zidane said: “The important thing is for Eden to be calm, and fully recovered when he does return.”

References

  1. ^ Real Madrid (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Liverpool (www.mirror.co.uk)

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