An Examination of Chauvin’s Body Language During the Verdict

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Tonya Reiman, a body language expert, analyzed Derek Chauvin’s movements and facial expressions during his trial. Last week, she spoke to Newsmax TV’s Joe Pinion about the results of her examination.

“It was interesting to watch how his facial expressions started. When you’re watching him, you can see these two lines, glabella, that means concern. He obviously knows what’s going to happen,” Tonya said. “But because we can’t see the bottom half of his face, there’s always a question of what he’s actually experiencing. However, if you’re watching—his eyes move side to side. They’re darting all around. And that shows severe anxiety.”

Tonya repeated that Chauvin’s actions demonstrated severe anxiety. Throughout the video, he also showed signs of acceptance and lack of concern. He was seen to be writing on his notes while receiving his verdict. It was difficult to really understand what he was feeling and experiencing because half of his face was covered by a mask, following the COVID-19 protocols.

“We were always able to look into his eyes. What we weren’t able to do is see what his facial expressions were down below. Quite often, that’s a significant tell. Your eyes might say one thing, while your face—your lower half is being a completely different conversation.” Tonya stated. “Yet at the same time, when you’re looking at the eyes, what you’re looking for is either pupil dilation or constriction based on the lighting. You’re looking for the eyebrows to raise. You’re looking for some sense of concern here. If you look right here again, you see the concern.”

Tonya continued, “Throughout the trial, again, on his left side, you saw his eyebrow would raise. And when you see somebody’s eyebrows raise, especially one—that indicates skepticism; as if they don’t truly believe what they’re hearing, as if it’s a shock to them or they disagree with what they’re hearing. Yet at the end, it was kind of a disconnect because then suddenly he put his arms right behind his back as if he was expecting it.” 

“So maybe he didn’t agree with what was being said, but he accepted the verdict and potentially knew it was coming,” she concluded. 



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