Tucker-Carlson wildly distorted the facts of by George Floyd died on his show Tuesday night, going so far as to claim ‘we all have to pretend’ former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin murdered the man the Fox News host mockingly called “Saint George Floyd.”
To restore a fact from the beginning: in April 2021, a jury sentenced Chauvin of the three counts (second degree manslaughter, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter) against him, then he was sentenced by the judge to 22.5 years in prison, so it was legally determined that he committed murder, and it’s not something that needs to be “pretty”.
During the segment, Carlson introduced his colleague from Fox News Laura Ingraham to report from Minneapolis on how the city was faring in the years following Floyd’s death with the following comment:
Just over two years ago, an abusive ex-con named George Floyd was arrested in Minneapolis for trying to smuggle a fake $20 bill and soon died of a fentanyl OD, or at least c that’s what the medical examiner apparently determined – I don’t think you’re allowed to say that on TV, but he’s dead anyway.
In response to his death, the death of Saint George Floyd, Democrats encouraged riots across the country – they bailed out felons, they paid for it all. You must be wondering what happened to Minneapolis. It was once one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This is no longer the case.
Carlson claimed “we got a text from someone in Minneapolis” that said “this place is a disaster” and the anonymous person was “scared to go to the mall”. He brought Ingraham in to report from Minneapolis, pointing to a video clip of her interviewing two officers in the Third Ward parking lot, which he described as “still abandoned after being destroyed by rioters.”
During Ingraham’s conversation with the officers, they complain that one of their “biggest challenges” is the “shortage of officers” and “the limited resources we have at the moment”, as he put it. the chyron “POLICE FUNDING RUINED MINNEAPOLIS”.
“Has the militant movement, which I think has always seemed to be biased against law enforcement, has it made your day-to-day job harder, interacting with ordinary people ?” she asked the officers.
They agreed that was the case, saying that “the more it gets in the media, the harder it is for us to do our jobs, without being harassed and without cameras in our faces when we’re just trying to work. We are not trying to take away anyone’s rights. We’re just trying to do our job.
Ingraham told Carlson that Minneapolis was a ‘total disaster’ after the damage caused by riots following Floyd’s death and she was ‘amazed at how bad it was’ during her visit shortly time after, and there was still a lot of rebuilding to do. Finished.
Carlson ended the segment with these remarks as a chyron that read “DEMOCRATS EXPLOITED GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH BUT DO NOTHING LIKE MINNEAPOLIS CRUMBLES” played on screen:
Unbelievable. So they destroy this city. They put that cop in jail for the rest of his life, we all have to pretend he committed murder! Which he didn’t, but who cares! You have to pretend!
And then they leave and they move on to the next thing to destroy. So perfect. Laura Ingraham, I appreciate you being on this story and your report from there tonight.
Ingraham could be seen on the flashing split-screen as Carlson said those words, but didn’t contradict him, just nodding and saying “Thank you very much, Tucker.” See you soon”, after having thanked her for her report.
Never mentioned once during the entire segment: the 9 minutes and 29 seconds that Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck, including 3 minutes and 51 seconds during which he did not respondas established by prosecutors during Chauvin’s trial based on video evidence from police body cameras and cellphones of bystanders. (This figure has been modified from the already blatant 8 minutes and 46 seconds found in the original criminal complaint filed against Chauvin; a number that was mentioned in many demonstrations and served as the title for by Dave Chappelle special 2020 on police violence and racism).
This cellphone video of Floyd has gone viral showing him dying handcuffed and pinned down by four police officers with Chauvin kneeling on his neck as he cried out for his mother, repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe, lost consciousness and his pulse faded. – while Chauvin ignored calls from passers-by to remove his knee and even rejected offers to provide medical assistance of a firefighter who was not on duty, then of the paramedics who arrived on the scene.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified against his own officerdescribing Chauvin’s actions as “absolutely” in violation of the department’s restriction policies.
dr. Martin Tobinlong-time pulmonologist with extensive expertise in pulmonary medicine and critical care, was an expert witness for the prosecution, testifying that Floyd died of ‘low oxygen’ which damaged his brain and caused his heart to stop, specifically citing the actions of Chauvin and his fellow officers as the cause:
“Mr. Floyd died of low oxygen,” the doctor told the jury. of his heart.”
Tobin explained that a PEA arrhythmia is a “special form of abnormal heartbeat,” which is also sometimes called asphyxia.
Tobin further explained that the low oxygen level was due to “shallow breathing”, which was caused by “a number of forces”.
“The main forces that are going to lead to the shallow breathing are going to be that he’s on his stomach on the street, he has the handcuffs in place combined with the street, and then he has one knee on his neck. , then that he has one knee on his back and on his side.All of these four forces will eventually result in the low tidal volume that gives you the shallow breaths we’ve seen here.
Carlson never named the medical examiner who he said had “apparently determined ‘Floyd’ died quickly from fentanyl OD,” but the original medical examiner who examined Floyd’s body did not come to such a conclusion. Carlson may have been referring to Dr. David Fowlerthe defense witness who had retired as a medical examiner in Maryland shortly before Chauvin’s trial.
Hunter threw a variety of theories at the wall during his testimony, including suggesting that Floyd could have died of heart disease or carbon monoxide from the police car, but never went so far as to testify that Floyd had definitely “died quickly from OD at the fentanyl,” as Carlson claimed.
Besides the fact that Fowler’s testimony was directly contradicts by Tobin – in addition to being rejected by the jury in their conclusion that Chauvin was guilty of second degree murder – even Fowler admitted during cross-examination by the prosecutor, Floyd should have received “immediate medical attention” after he lost consciousness and went into cardiac arrest.
Carlson’s post-mortem attempts to slander the character of George Floyd do not change the undisputed facts in this case, nor erase the widely viewed video evidence showing Floyd’s life fading away as he was cruelly pinned down. asphalt under Chauvin’s knee.
The only thing anyone is “pretending” here is that Carlson deserves to be called a journalist or that his show belongs to a channel with “News” in its name.
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