Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 3169: Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez regarding the Death of Freddie Gray - Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Since the funeral of Freddie Gray, much has yet to be publicly learned about the circumstances surrounding his spinal injury which lead to his death. Rioting in Baltimore was significant yesterday and extended into the early hours of the morning. The above video clip contains several different segments - one of these is a portion of a press conference featuring Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez on 20 April 2015. What follows is a partial nonverbal analysis.


Microexpression of Contempt

during the spoken word "... physical ..."


Exaggerated mouth, lip and jaw movements - e.g. above and beyond baseline behavior.

This is highly consistent with alpha personalities and others in alpha emotional settings when they're trying to project authority and assertiveness.

Although not extreme in this short video segment, exaggerated mouth, lip a jaw movements does not build rapport - rather it destroys rapport. This nonverbal behavior is consistent with a patronizing emotional tone and does not engender or project trust.


A second microexpression of contempt with a component of disgust during the spoken word "... autopsy ..."

This display of contempt is more pronounced compared with that exampled above (at 1:21).

Multiple and prolonged blinking (e.g., increasing blink frequency) that occurs in association with the statement, "... none of his limbs [extended pause] were broken ..."


Inward Lip Roll (ILR)

An inward lip roll is seen in response to the psyche attempting to suppress a crescendo of both an inward (internal) emotional build-up as well as minimizing an outward emotional expression.

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