Fox News host Tucker Carlson behaved strangely on air Tuesday night.
Towards the end of his show about the conviction of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, Carlson burst out laughing, then abruptly ended an interview with a guest who dared to criticize the excessive use. of force by the police.
Carlson, who spent months spread lies on Floyd’s death and his insults against the Black Lives Matter movement he revived, invited former New York Corrections chief Ed Gavin on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to speak after verdict .
“I want the police to protect people,” Gavin said. “But precisely what we are dealing with here is a person in police custody, he has been handcuffed and restrained. At this point, we have to take a different tack.
Gavin pointed to a 1995 Justice Department article that discussed the “physiology of a struggle” in law enforcement and how being restrained in certain positions can interfere with breathing and lead to death. sudden.
“I think every law enforcement officer should read this,” Gavin said. “Like I said, Mr. Floyd has been overpowered. What should have happened at that point was that an EMS should have been summoned and it should have been placed in an ambulance. And a supervisor should have been called to the scene.
“I just think it was overkill and it shouldn’t happen,” he added.
At that point Carlson interrupted and spoke over Gavin saying, “Yeah. Good. The guy who did it looks like he spent the rest of his life in jail. So I’m a little more worried about the rest of the country, which, thanks to police inaction, in case you haven’t noticed, is like, locked up.
After chuckling, Carlson abruptly ended the interview:
At the start of his program, Carlson also suggested – without evidence – that the jury could have been intimidated by politicians and feared violent protests.
“Everyone fully understood the consequences of an acquittal in this case,” said Carlson. “After nearly a year of arson, looting and murder by BLM, there was never any doubt.”
Carlson’s comments have been condemned online, although not surprisingly. He regularly insults and scares people about protesters calling for an end to police violence against blacks. He described Black Lives Matter as a “poison” and a “hoax”. And he frequently spreads lies about the movement’s largely peaceful protests, claiming towns across the country are being destroyed by rioters and looters associated with the movement.
On Monday, Carlson accused the media of “lynching” Chauvin and argued that most Americans “still can’t say precisely how” Floyd died. Chauvin knelt at Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds during his arrest, as video of the incident shows.
On Tuesday, a jury found Chauvin guilty of two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter. He could face decades in prison.
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