Fact Check: Tucker Carlson Says New Evidence Clears Derek Chauvin of MurderNewsweek does not dispute any of this, but rates the Carlson claim false because the evidence is not new.
Conservative pundit Tucker Carlson has claimed this week that new court papers show George Floyd was not murdered in May 2020 by then police officer Derek Chauvin.
Former Minneapolis police officer Chauvin, who is white, was found guilty in April 2021 of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, who was Black. ...
Carlson said during the clip "...did he [Chauvin] actually murder George Floyd? And the answer is, well, no he didn't murder George Floyd.
"We're not guessing about that. We know it conclusively thanks to a new court case now underway in Hennepin County, Minnesota."
Case files include a deposition from Sweasy in which she mentioned a conversation with the county's medical examiner, Dr. Andrew Baker, after he performed Floyd's autopsy.
In the Carlson clip, text attributed to Sweasy read: "I called Dr. Baker early that morning to tell him about the case and to ask him if he would perform the autopsy on Mr Floyd.
"He called me later in the day on that Tuesday and he told me that there were no medical findings that showed any injury to the vital structures of Mr. Floyd's neck.
"There were no medical indications of asphyxia or strangulation." ...
Sweasy added that Baker said "'This is the kind of case that ends careers.'"
As the article explains, it was known at the time of Chauvin's trial that Floyd had a lethal dose of illegal drugs in his body, and that the autopsy showed no injury to the neck or nearby areas.
During Chauvin's trial, Baker told Chauvin's attorney that if Floyd had been found at home in his locked residence with no evidence of trauma, and the only autopsy finding was his fentanyl level "then yes I would certify his death is due to fentanyl toxicity," adding, "the interpretation of drug concentrations is very context-dependent."And the context of this case was that it was of the kind and ends careers.
I watched the trial. Floyd was already dying of an overdose before the cops arrived. They were trying to save his life. Chauvin's actions could not have killed anyone. It was all political.
Blacks activists had been claiming for years that Blacks were mistreated, but no one could find an example. Floyd was supposedly the example that they were looking for. Most people went along with it, to argue for systemic racism. Saying otherwise would end careers.
The new House Speaker is supposed to be a right-winger, but he recites leftist racial nonsense:
I was outraged. I don’t think anyone can view the video and objectively come to any other conclusion but that it was an act of murder. And I felt that initially, as everyone did and it’s so disturbing. And, you know, the underlying issues beneath that are something that the country is now struggling with. And I think it’s something we have to look at very soberly and with a lot of empathy. And I’m glad to see that’s happening around the country.No, he is wrong. Either lying or deranged.
... the difference in the experiences between my two 14-year-old sons, Michael being a black American and Jack being white Caucasian. They have different challenges. ... But the reality is and no one can tell me otherwise, my son Michael had a harder time than my son Jack is going to have simply because of the color of his skin. And that’s a reality. It’s an uncomfortable, painful one to acknowledge, but people have to recognize that’s a fact.
I watched the video. It is the video of a man dying of a fentanyl overdose. It is not the video of a murder. If Chauvin wanted to murder Floyd, he would have moved to avoid the video cameras. Floyd was being restrained, but no one has ever died from being restrained in that way. It does not happen to a healthy man.
He says "no one can tell me otherwise" because he is not discussing facts. He cannot give any example of the Black boy being treated worse than the White boy. There is no substance to these comments. He is just saying BLM talking points.