Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) protestors set out to harass Judge Regina Chu, presiding over the trial of former Brooklyn Center Police officer Kimberly Potter, at Chu’s home over the weekend.
Potter is charged with first and second-degree manslaughter after killing 20-year-old Daunte Wright as Wright began to flee a traffic stop in April. Potter says she intended to shoot him with her taser, but shot him with her handgun instead.
In contrast to the high-profile trial of ex-Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin, convicted in the murder of George Floyd, Chu recently ruled that cameras would not be allowed in the courtroom during the case, which miffed the Antifa and BLM crowds.
Saturday, protestors adorned in BLM attire showed up at what was reported to be Chu’s home, and even stalked her inside the building in which she reportedly lives.
Cortez Rice, who claims to be George Floyd’s nephew but is actually unrelated to Floyd, was one of the ringleaders of the intimidation scheme.
George Floyd's nephew Cortez Rice even went up to the door they believe she lives to intimidate the judge over her decision.
He's also sharing the address all over facebookpic.twitter.com/cnRJPyGkfL
— AntifaWatch (@AntifaWatch2) November 7, 2021
“I think this is her crib right here,” Rice says as he approaches the door to an apartment or condo. “We got confirmation that this is her house right here. Waiting for the gang to get up here. Predominantly white neighborhood. Look at this sh*t.”
Later on, protestors vowed to return to Chu’s home until their demands were met.
In a separate video, Rice filmed himself discussing the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse in Wisconsin.
Rittenhouse is accused of murder and manslaughter stemming from the shooting of three people during an Antifa and BLM riot in Kenosha. Two of the men Rittenhouse shot died. He is claiming self-defense.
That riot occurred in response to Floyd’s death in the summer of 2020.
Rittenhouse’s trial began last week, and according to Rice, people are in place to intimidate the jury.
“I ain’t even gonna name the people that I know that’s up in the Kenosha trial, but there’s cameras in there,” he said. “It’s definitely cameras up in there and it’s definitely people taking pictures of the juries and everything like that. We know what’s going on.”
George Floyd’s nephew, Cortez Rice, makes a claim that he knows people taking photos of jurors during the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His goal is to dox jurors if they do not convict. pic.twitter.com/uwLuV2ftfV
— John Curtis (@Johnmcurtis) November 7, 2021
According to 18 U.S. Code § 1503, jury intimidation is a federal crime.
“Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, endeavors to influence, intimidate, or impede any grand or petit juror… shall be punished…”
The punishments vary based on the significance of the intimidation, but can result in significant jail time.
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Photo “Antifa” by Gregor Wünsch. CC BY-SA 2.0.