Tucker Carlson reported on his Fox News show Wednesday night the ugly facts concerning the death of George Floyd and what the media allegedly covered up and didn’t tell anyone until after the riots took place. The case is apparently far from open-and-shut.
Carlson asked the question that all of this boils down to: “We’re going to do what you’re not allowed to do in Catholic high schools in Columbus, or anywhere else in America. We’re going to assess, calmly and as honestly as we can, what happened to George Floyd on Memorial Day. George Floyd’s death was sad. Every death is sad, as we often point out. But the question is: Was it murder?”
Jury selection in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, who is one of the officers charged in the death of George Floyd, is about to begin and already drama is unfolding. Jurors are opting out because they fear for their family’s lives and for their own safety. Threats of violence are swirling if Chauvin is not found guilty even though he has not had his day in court yet.
It is more than possible that Chauvin will not receive a fair trial because the only jurors that are likely to sit on his jury are the ones who already believe he is guilty. Most potential jurors are allegedly being intimidated and are under intense pressure to find him guilty or face repercussions themselves. Carlson points out that, “Hundreds of activists – some dressed in all black – have been staring down National Guard troops outside the courthouse in Minneapolis all week. They shut down streets outside the courthouse on Monday. “We need justice, people,” one shouted. “Justice by any means necessary.”‘
Carlson made a great point: “In other words, if you vote to acquit Derek Chauvin, the mob is saying, the community will burn because we will burn it. It’s like something from Mississippi in the 1920s. But where’s the Justice Department? Where’s the so-called Civil Rights Division to protect the civil rights of Derek Chauvin? Yes, even accused cops have the right to a fair trial. Your civil rights are not suspended when you’re accused. This is America.”
One juror who is choosing not to sit for the trial stated: “It’s more from a safety, security standpoint. As far as I’m concerned I feel comfortable and safe. But I just wouldn’t want any issues or harm to come to my wife or my family … If certain individuals who were out to intimidate or cause harm, if they knew where I lived, there’s potential [they] could damage the house or spray paint the house or garage door. Or break a window.”
Carlson noted that there was an effort to hide evidence right after Floyd died. The video showing Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck went viral, but that was far from the whole story. He cited the fact that using a knee to restrain an uncooperative individual is taught in the police academy and is the standard operating procedure for the Minneapolis police.
Prior to the incident, as the police first stopped Floyd to question him over passing counterfeit money, there was a whole level of detail that the media never covered. Floyd was panicky and distraught for apparently no reason. He kept asking the officers not to shoot him as he sat in his car and they talked to him. They finally had to pull him from the car after 20 minutes of interacting with him.
The whole ordeal unfolded at approximately 8 p.m. on May 24. The officers quickly assessed that there was something very wrong with George Floyd.
Floyd was arrested nine times between 1997 and 2007, so he was no stranger when it came to dealing with police. He had previously been arrested for drug possession and theft. He also committed a home invasion where he held a gun to a woman’s abdomen in front of her toddler. He got five years in prison for that offense.
Officers noticed that Floyd had foam around his mouth while questioning him. A bystander commented to Floyd, “You’re gonna die of a heart attack.”
At that point, the officers asked Floyd if he was on drugs. Floyd said, “No,” which turned out to be a lie. He was on multiple drugs.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office allegedly stated in their autopsy report that Floyd had taken a lethal dose of fentanyl – more than three times the amount it takes to kill a normal person. He also took methamphetamine. The report also stated: “Signs associated with fentanyl toxicity include severe respiratory depression, seizures, hypotension, coma, and death. In fatalities from fentanyl, blood concentrations are variable and have been reported as low as 3 nanograms of fentanyl per milliliter of blood.”
The medical examiner also found that Floyd had heart disease. Cause of death was listed as: “Cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression” Contributing factors included: “Arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease; fentanyl intoxication; recent methamphetamine use.”
Last August, autopsy documents were released. A memo showed that Chief Hennepin County Medical Examiner Andrew Baker told prosecutors that: “if Mr. Floyd had been found dead in his home (or anywhere else) and there were no other contributing factors, he would conclude that it was an overdose death.” In another memo, the medical examiner proclaimed that “the autopsy revealed no physical evidence suggesting that Mr. Floyd died of asphyxiation.”
Carlson also covered the fact that Floyd said he was having trouble breathing before he was subdued by Chauvin. He posited: “Here’s one possible explanation: One of the primary symptoms of fentanyl overdoses is “slowed or stopped breathing,” leading to “unconsciousness” and death. That might also explain why George Floyd was saying “I can’t breathe” long before any police officer’s knee was anywhere near him. In fact, George Floyd was complaining that he couldn’t breathe as cops tried to get him in a police car, while he resisted.”
The Fox News host went on to contend that the evidence against Chauvin so far allegedly does not rise to the level of murder. Carlson ended off by stating that only 36% of Americans now believe that Chauvin murdered Floyd. He concluded: “The bad news is you’re still not allowed to say that out loud.”
Author: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton