Entertainment Gayle King, Lester Holt And Other Network Figures Cover Aftermath Of Derek Chauvin Verdict With Talk Of Relief And “Deeper Reckoning”
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On the day after the guilty verdicts againstin the death of , Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Justice Department would conduct a civil investigation of the city’s police department.
Broadcast and cable networks, with correspondents fanned across the city, continued to cover the reaction, a mixture of a sense of relief but also continued trepidation over the fate of further police reforms.
Gayle King anchoredfrom Minneapolis in the aftermath of the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, and told her co anchors that there was a contrast to a day before, when she said she couldn’t sleep as “we could feel the tension.”
NHL postpones Wednesday's Calgary-Vancouver game
The NHL has decided to ere on the side of caution as a result of Adam Gaudette’s positive COVID-19 test. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports (Twitter link) that tonight’s game between the Canucks and Flames has been postponed. TSN’s Frank Seravalli tweets that the decision was made after more information has surfaced regarding Vancouver’s test results; that information obviously has not yet been made public.
“This morning, you can really feel a lightness in the city, in addition to a beautiful skyline behind us,” said King, who interviewed Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, George Floyd’s family attorney Ben Crump and Floyd’s brother Philonese.
Donald Williams, a prosecution witness who had asked officers to check Floyd’s pulse, said that he was a little worried about the verdict but “I actually sat there and prayed with my kids right before the verdict and the prayer came through.”
King and CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell hosted a one-hour primetime special on Tuesday, The. King told O’Donnell that when the verdict was read, “We started hearing horns honking. I think you felt jaws dropping. I think people thought maybe you would get one, but to get all three I think is a very stunning thing.”
Chauvin needed to 'take some type of action' as Floyd's health failed, use-of-force witness says
Derek Chauvin had a responsibility to re-evaluate pressing his knee into George Floyd's neck during their fatal encounter as the health of the 46-year old Black man was clearly "deteriorating," an expert testified Wednesday as the former police officer's murder trial continued in Minneapolis. Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant, serving as a paid prosecution witness as a use-of-force expert, appeared for his second day of testimony at Chauvin's trial. Stiger had testified the day before that the pressure being exerted on Floyd was excessive, and could cause positional asphyxia and lead to death.
Lester Holt closed out NBC Nightly News by telling viewers, “Most likely, however, this is not the last word in a case that has forced us to look at those 9 minutes and 29 seconds as a reflection of where we are and what we don’t want to become as a nation. As we have seen just in recent days and weeks, it has not stopped deadly confrontations between the police and Black men. But tonight, the family of George Floyd has received justice in a Minneapolis courtroom. What happens on America’s streets might tell us if there is a deeper reckoning in the tragedy of George Floyd.”
Crump, Philonese Floyd and another brother, Terence, are scheduled to appear on ABC’s The View on Wednesday.
On Fox News on Tuesday, host Jeanine Pirro said of the jury verdict, “This was an emotional as well as an intellectual decision. And when I say that, make no mistake, the facts are solid on this verdict. This verdict will be upheld on appeal. Right now, what people need to understand is that the American justice system works. It works. The people right believe in Lady Justice. That if we give it a chance, it can work.”
Las Vegas Raiders send questionable tweet after Derek Chauvin was found guilty
The Raiders were one of many teams to release a statement on the Derek Chauvin verdict. Though, the team raised eyebrows with a questionable tweet. pic.twitter.com/eeWbMYHK3U— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) April 20, 2021 USA TODAY Sports reached out to the Raiders for comment. 1/24 SLIDES © Harrison Hill, USA TODAY Nic Hernandez and Emma Ruddock hug in celebration after hearing the verdict of Derek Chauvin at George Floyd Square on April 20, 2021.
She also gave a bit of a scolding to Fox News late night hist Greg Gutfeld when he said that he was “glad that [Chauvin] was found guilty on all charges, even if he might not be guilty of all charges. I want a verdict that keeps this country from going up in flames.” Some groans could be heard, and Pirro defended the integrity of the jury process.
Later in the evening, Tucker Carlson, suggested that the verdict was motivated by fear of what would happen with an acquittal. As he is apt to do, Carlson put his doubts in the form of a question, telling viewers, “Before we consider the details of today’s verdict, a bigger question, one we should all think about: can we trust the way this decision was made? That is the promise of our justice system, that it is impartial, that it is as fair as human beings can make it.”
He went on to wonder if “the cop that killed Ashli Babbitt will be held to the very same scrutiny.” Babbitt participated in the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol, and she was shot by an officer as a group of rioters were attempting to break through the door of the Speakers Lobby, an area just outside of the House chamber.
Carlson began his show by saying that the jury “came to a unanimous and unequivocal verdict this afternoon: ‘Please don’t hurt us.’ The jurors spoke for many in this country. Everyone understood perfectly well the consequences of an acquittal in this case. After nearly a year of burning and looting and murder by BLM, that was never in doubt.”
Carlson also said that “no mob has the right to destroy our cities, not under any circumstances, not for any reason. No politician or media figure has the right to intimidate a jury. And no political party has the right to impose a different standard of justice on its own supporters.” He was apparently referring to the reaction to comments made over the weekend by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and reaction from Democratic leaders.
Derek Chauvin, Three Other Former Minneapolis Police Officers Face New Federal Charges In Death Of George Floyd .
A federal grand jury has indicted Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers on civil rights charges in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin, 45, and Tou Thao, 35; J. Alexander Kueng, 27; and Thomas Lane, 38, were charged in a three count indictment of willfully depriving Floyd of his constitutional rights. ChauvinA federal grand jury has indicted Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers on civil rights charges in the death of George Floyd.