Fox News host Greg Gutfeld appeared to shock even his colleagues in the Conservative Network on Tuesday with his take on the conviction of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.
“I’m glad he was found guilty on all counts, although he may not have been guilty on all counts,” Gutfeld said on “The Five” shortly. time after a jury found the former white police officer guilty of two counts of murder and one count. manslaughter.
One of Gutfeld’s co-hosts can be heard whispering “Oh, my God” after this statement.
“I am happy that he is guilty of all charges because I want a verdict that prevents this country from igniting,” added Gutfeld, pointedly referring to fears of protests such as those that erupted after the murder of Floyd on May 25, 2020.
“Oh… uh uh. No, ”replied Jeanine Pirro.
“What do you mean?” Gutfeld interrupted him. “I’m at least honest. My neighborhood has been looted. I never want to go through this again.
The other personalities of the program welcomed this decision. Pirro, known to have made inflammatory and racist comments herself, fired back.
“We don’t sacrifice individuals for the sake of how people feel,” she told him. “The bottom line is that the courtroom is a place where evidence is presented. She is impeccable in terms of processing. “
Earlier on the show, she told viewers that the U.S. justice system is working and the facts in this case are solid.
“It is clear that the verdict is supported by the facts. This case was extremely unusual, ”she said. “It’s rare that you even have a photo of the victim in a murder case, maybe an autopsy photo. Here we have a living and breathing person that the jury was able to identify with every day, day after day. Watching the trauma of what he’s been through, begging for air, begging to breathe.
Chauvin, a white man, was one of three officers who immobilized Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, for more than nine minutes as he repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe. Chauvin knelt at Floyd’s neck the entire time.
The murder sparked international outcry and protests against police brutality against black people.
Twelve jurors returned their verdicts on Tuesday after about 10 hours of deliberation, finding Chauvin guilty of third degree murder, second degree murder and second degree manslaughter. He could face decades in prison.
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