Body Language Expert Analyzes Derek Chauvin's Behavior | 22 Words

After the jury decided Derek Chauvin, the police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck for over 8 minutes, was guilty, a body language expert analyzed his behavioral patterns in the courtroom...

And it revealed some pretty disturbing things.

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Read on to see her full, expert evaluation.

Now, it's been a crucial month for America's justice system.

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Derek Chauvin's highly-anticipated murder trial kicked off in Minneapolis at the Hennepin County Courthouse on March 29th.

According to the Daily Mail, the prosecution started proceedings by playing the horrifying video of the moment Derek Chauvin dug his knee into George Floyd's neck as he cried out, "I can't breathe."

Special prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told the jury in his opening statement:

"You can believe your eyes. That it's homicide, it's murder."

Alongside numerous eye-witnesses who testified against Chauvin, never-before-seen bodycam footage from the events of May 25th was also presented to the jury...

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And gave fresh details of the minutes leading up to Floyd's arrest, as well as the moment he was confronted by the police officers.

​As reported by BBC News, the court was shown bodycam footage from Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao, all of whom are facing aiding and abetting charges.

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In the footage, Floyd can be seen sitting behind the wheel of his car, begging the officers not to shoot him.

At one point, one of the officers pulls his gun as Floyd continues to plead with them.

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Floyd was visibly very distressed by the presence of the police officers, and can be heard saying:

"Please don't shoot me, please, man… I just lost my mom."

Of course, the footage was utterly chilling to watch...

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And days on from that revelation, the prosecution called an outside expert witness to testify about Floyd's cause of death.

Prosecutors said that Chauvin's knee on Floyd's neck contributed to his death...

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While Chauvin's defense argued that Floyd's use of illicit drugs and his underlying medical conditions were the key factors.

Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonary and critical medicine doctor with forty-five years of experience in the field also testified...

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And he wholeheartedly supported the theory that Floyd was killed as a result of Chauvin's pressure on his neck.

"Mr. Floyd died from a low level of oxygen, and this caused damage to his brain that we see, and it also caused a PEA arrhythmia that caused his heart to stop."

The evidence continued to stack up against Chauvin...

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And, clearly in panic mode, his defense continued to stress that Floyd had already put himself at risk by swallowing drugs and resisting officers trying to arrest him - factors that compounded his vulnerability to a diseased heart, raising sufficient doubt that Chauvin should be acquitted.

However, despite his defence's best efforts...

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Things didn't go in Chauvin's favor.

Because on April 20th, Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

The jury found the former police officer guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

Millions from all around the world tuned in to witness the live footage of Judge Peter Cahill reading out Chauvin's guilty verdict...

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And the ex-cop was seen sitting motionlessly and calm as the verdicts were read out.

And now, a body language expert has gone into detail about the behavior he displayed both before and after the verdicts were announced.

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​Patti Wood spoke to DailyMail.com about several factors that we might have missed which would have given us a better insight into how he might have been feeling at the time.

1. Chauvin's constant note-taking.

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Wood explained how this habit could have been a method used to "comfort himself" without giving away any emotions that could be perceived negatively by the jury.

2. Abrupt responses and perfect posture.

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When he spoke in court for the first time and told the jury that he would not be testifying, his short and abrupt responses, as well as his posture, displayed a "heightened sense of anxiety."

"You do see the tell of his anxiety his clipped, tense, rapid replies."

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"His paralanguage - that is voice tone, tempo, speaking rate, high voice, etc - and his focus on looking at his lawyer in a way that makes it look like he searching for approval that he is doing ok and making the right choice make him sound scared."

3. Removing his mask.

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During his attorney Eric Nelson's closing statement, Chauvin decided to remove his mask and Wood explained that this is so the jury could see the emotions in his face. Transparency is key to gaining sympathy, especially after the actions from his crimes were described as "uncaring."

Wood gave us some background information on this point, saying this:

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"The background of court trials recently has been controversial, in some they have delayed going forward for fear their defendant won't be seen on Zoom or under a mask as a human, innocent and real. It's a big concern... [So] I think the mask off was an attempt to have the jury read him and potentially see him be emotional," she said.

​4. A shift in demeanor.

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​When the guilty verdicts were being read out, Wood said you could see the shift in his demeanor from fearful to angry in between each one until the last one which showed his eyebrows furrowed and his pupils constantly moving.

Wood also went into the finer details of this part, saying this:

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"[During the verdicts] The fear is clear in the tenseness of the lower eyelids and the way he is raising his upper eyelids," she said. "The rapid eye movement is him processing the verdict as anyone would - first in the emotional limbic brain and going over to the neocortex to the logical thinking brain to decide how to respond."

"The rapid movement shows his constant attempt to first feel fearful, understand what is being said, and stay calm over and over again."

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"But mixed with the fear are also nonverbal indications of anger: when his eyebrows lower slightly and are drawn together along with the lower eyelid tension, so we see him glaring.

"I had enough baseline of his normal to detect his shift from fear to anger in these few moments. I would say he did not expect his behavior to have reached this judgment."

5. Microphone hold.

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When he held the microphone during court, Wood explained his grasp was an important factor giving us more insight into how he was feeling at that time.

She said this:

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"He is holding the microphone down away from his face and his heart and instead over his torso with his fingers only lightly holding it with the tips of his fingers extended."

She continued:

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"He may have been coached to hold the mike in this relaxed unguarded way, but in any case this placement and grip make it appear he is not tense."

6. Mugshot.

The last time we saw Chauvin was on Wednesday morning when he was photographed with his mugshot, which was taken at a maximum security prison where he's being held and his eyes were puffy and he had a frown on his face showing sadness. But Wood also said his raised chin showed glimpses of "defiance."

But overall, she described his behavior throughout the entire process as "unfeeling" and even "sociopathic" with the way he refused to change his emotions.

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Even when the video evidence of him ultimately killing George Floyd was shown, he remained unfazed.