US 'Nope! Done': Tucker Carlson Shuts Down Interview After Guest Said Chauvin Used Excessive Force
Prosecution case nears end in ex-cop's trial in Floyd death
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd 's death enters its third week Monday, with the state nearing the end of a case built on searing witness accounts, official rejections of the neck restraint and expert testimony attributing Floyd's death to a lack of oxygen. Derek Chauvin, 45, who is white, is charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s May 25 death. Police were called to a neighborhood market where Floyd, who was Black, was accused of trying to pass a counterfeit bill.
Fox News hoston Tuesday night ended an interview with a former New York City corrections officer after the guest criticized former Minneapolis police officer for using excessive force when he killed .
On Tuesday afternoon, a jury found former Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Footage of the incident showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for over nine minutes as he gasped for air. The incident triggered a nationwide reckoning and protests around the country against police brutality and systemic racism.
EXPLAINER: Judge lets jury decide Floyd's remark about drugs
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The judge overseeing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in the death of George Floyd said Monday that he'll leave it up to the jury to sort out whether Floyd yelled “I ate too many drugs” or “I ain’t do no drugs” as three officers pinned him to the ground. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill made the ruling as attorneys argued over whether to allow the testimony of a use-of-force expert for the prosecution, Seth Stoughton, a professor at the University of South Carolina Law School. Prosecutors wanted him to testify from an academic perspective on whether Chauvin used reasonable force and about national policing standards.
In an interview with ex-corrections officer Ed Gavin on Tucker Carlson Tonight, the host started by asking, "Who's going to be a cop now, do you think?"
"I think people will still become police officers. This really is a learning experience for everyone," Gavin said, before pivoting to criticizing Chauvin.
"Let's face it, what we saw in that video was pure savagery," the ex-corrections officer said. "I mean, the documentary evidence shows the police officer putting his knee on the perpetrator's neck while he was rear cuffed and his stomach was on the ground, causing positional asphyxia. I'd like to see more training for police. I'd like to see the police trained as EMTs, like in the Fire Department."
Gavin also expressed support for the jury's guilty verdict.
Defense set to take turn in ex-cop's trial in Floyd death
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense for a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death was set to start presenting its case Tuesday, following 11 days of a prosecution narrative that combined wrenching video with clinical analysis by medical and use-of-force experts to condemn Derek Chauvin's actions. Prosecutors called their final witnesses Monday, leaving only some administrative matters before they were expected to rest Tuesday. Once the defense takes over, Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson is expected to have his own experts testify that it was Floyd's drug use and bad heart, not Chauvin's actions, that killed him.
He said: "I've used force on literally over 500 people in my 21 year career in the New York City Department of Correction and in the New York City Sheriff's Department, I've never had anyone go unconscious. That was clearly unjustified use of force. I think the verdict was just, I think we had documentary evidence, we had testimonial evidence and it was an open and shut case. Moving forward, we need to..."
Carlson then interrupted the guest, challenging his position. "How about enforce the law, do we need to do that?" he asked. "Slow down, do we enforce the law? Let's say people are going through the window at Macy and the cops are just standing there, do they resign? ... When do they start doing something about it and protect everybody else, not just George Floyd?"
"I want police to protect people," Gavin explained, "but specifically what we're dealing with here, we're dealing with a person in custody, who is handcuffed, he was subdued. At that point, we have to take a different tact. One of the things I'm trying..."
EXPLAINER: Ex-officer on trial for Floyd death won't testify
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in George Floyd’s death said Thursday that he won't testify in his own defense, invoking his right to remain silent and leave the burden of proof on the state. It was a high-stakes decision. Taking the stand could have helped humanize Derek Chauvin to jurors who haven't heard from him directly at trial, but it could also have opened him up to a devastating cross-examination.
"Yeah, yeah, yeah I'm totally willing to believe that, yeah," the conservative host said, interrupting again.
Gavin reiterated that Chauvin had used excessive force, prompting Carlson to abruptly end the interview.
"I just think that it was excessive and it shouldn't have happened. One more thing...," he said.
Carlson interrupted for a third time, saying, "Yeah but the guy that did it looks like he's going to spend the rest of his life in prison so I'm kind of more worried about the rest of the country, thanks to police inaction, in case you haven't noticed, is like boarded up. Ahahaha! That's more my concern. But I appreciate it, Gavin, thank you."
"Look, look," Gavin said, as he was cut off screen.
"Nope! Done. Thank you," said Carlson.
Newsweek reached out toNews for comment. This story will be updated with any response.
Key moments in closing arguments of Chauvin trial .
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After nearly three weeks of testimony including heart-wrenching bystander statements and technical medical information, attorneys in Derek Chauvin's murder trial presented their closing arguments. Prosecutors played to emotion as they sketched moments from George Floyd’s life and described his struggle under Chauvin's knee. Defense attorney Eric Nelson tried to raise doubts about Floyd’s cause of death, and to portray Chauvin as a “reasonable officer.” Jurors deliberated for little more than a day before proclaiming Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.