A photo that recently emerged online of a juror on the Derek Chauvin murder trial wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt has sparked questions about his impartiality, according to reports.
Juror Brandon Mitchell, 31, who is Black, could be seen in the photo wearing the T-shirt emblazoned with a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. and the phrases "Get your knee off our neck" and "BLM." He is also wearing a "Black Lives Matter" hat in the photo.
Mitchell was the first member of the jury that convicted Chauvin of murdering George Floyd to publicly comment about the trial.
In a Monday interview with the Star Tribune, Mitchell said the photo is from a rally in Washington, DC, last summer commemorating MLK's famous 1963 "I have a dream" speech.
Mitchell told the newspaper his uncle had posted the photo to social media.
The juror insisted the DC march had nothing to do with Floyd.
"It was directly related to MLK's March on Washington from the '60s … The date of the March on Washington is the date," he told the newspaper.
"I'd never been to DC," Mitchell said in explaining why he attended the rally.
"The opportunity to go to DC, the opportunity to be around thousands and thousands of Black people; I just thought it was a good opportunity to be a part of something."