During the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin, charged for second-degree unintentional murder and third-degree murder of George Floyd, defense attorney Eric Nelson attempted to paint a witness of the crime as "angry."
CNN's legal analyst Laura Coates gave praise to witness Donald Williams II, a Black man and mixed martial arts fighter, for continuing to push back on the portrayal of his attitude on that day.
Nelson began by asserting Williams was "upset" that day, but eventually began pressing on the word "angry" and continued repeating it numerous times.
But Williams continued to reply with:
"I grew control and professionalism."
As Coates put it, Williams didn't take the "bait" given to him.
"No, you can't paint me as angry."
"I was in a position where I had to be controlled. A controlled professionalism. I wasn't angry because I stayed on the curb."
Nelson tried to strike the statements from the record but the judge overruled.
As Coates explained it, Nelson was trying to use the reactions of the witnesses as scapegoats for the actions of the officers.
"What they were trying to do is suggest somehow and scapegoat the crowd, reacting to what they witnessed and their belief they had just seen a murder."
"That somehow their calls, their actions somehow influenced the officer's decision to take the knee off or keep the knee on George Floyd's neck."
"Those are wholly distinct issues."
Many on twitter agreed with Coates analysis and applauded Donald Williams for his controlled responses.
@WUTangKids So, the defense is now going for "Chauvin feared fir his life"? Though it's been used successfully in o… https://t.co/3VBxArnrwl— K Lloyd Parker FOLLOW THE MONEY! (@K Lloyd Parker FOLLOW THE MONEY!) 1617123802.0
@WUTangKids The lawyer is paid to do a job but this is disgraceful and a weak argument. He's badgering/trying to di… https://t.co/20SJ9UJ1Kv— Jeremy (@Jeremy) 1617124513.0
@WUTangKids Unfortunately as a Black man, we can’t just hope the jurors see the video and judge correctly. If we co… https://t.co/0IBgqz4VlV— Michael K. Anderson (@Michael K. Anderson) 1617129431.0
@WUTangKids @insectshelf3 As the minutes wore on, Mr. Williams’ words and tone reflected his frustration that his p… https://t.co/chNycburvz— Marnie (@Marnie) 1617126953.0
@WUTangKids Jesus, why would it even be unusual for a bystander to be angry and desperate and saying whatever they… https://t.co/80OPhY5PYP— Jeannie Dreams of a Better World (@Jeannie Dreams of a Better World) 1617123668.0
@gtfountain @CBSNews Because the defense attorney is attempting to frame him as an "Angry Black Man" and if he can… https://t.co/wtgOKLSKTy— Green Jays (@Green Jays) 1617142205.0
Kudos to Donald Williams. It's obvious what the defence was trying to do - and Mr Williams saw straight through it… https://t.co/0mpR5XJRTM— Lorna_TVeditor (@Lorna_TVeditor) 1617154765.0
Donald Williams keeping his composure while clearly being provoked in an attempt paint him as an “angry black man”… https://t.co/3N8jPg1wri— Seema Jilani (@Seema Jilani) 1617141985.0
Defense is doing their damndest to try to paint Donald Williams as an "angry Black man". Donald Williams: https://t.co/9pnNVW0I5C— Midnight (@Midnight) 1617117117.0
As the trial continues, we are reminded by Missouri Democrat Representative Cori Bush to 'take up space' and take care of ourselves.
We all watched George Floyd get murdered, and now for the next several weeks, the entire news cycle will be dominat… https://t.co/BzDe5yMv2z— Cori Bush (@Cori Bush) 1617123408.0