Tucker Carlson Says Chauvin's Verdict Was 'Paying Ransom' | 22 Words

After weeks in the courtroom, Derek Chauvin, the disgraced officer responsible for the death of George Floyd, has been found guilty.

But news anchor, Tucker Carlson, seems to think the decision was influenced by "the mob."

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And that's not all he said because he went onto explain why he believes the outcome was just "America paying ransom."

Read on to find out what he thought of the verdict.

Now, it's been a crucial month for America's justice system.

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The highly-anticipated murder trial kicked off in Minneapolis at the Hennepin County Courthouse on March 29th.

According to the Daily Mail, the prosecution started proceedings by playing the horrifying video of the moment the accused, Derek Chauvin, dug his knee into George Floyd's neck as he cried out, "I can't breathe."

Special prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told the jury in his opening statement:

"You can believe your eyes. That it's homicide, it's murder."

Over the past couple of weeks, many people have been called forward to testify...

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Including a 911 operator who witnessed the ordeal via CCTV.

"You're going to learn that there was a 911 dispatcher. Her name is Jena Scurry," Blackwell told the jury. "There was a fixed police camera that was trained on this particular scene. She could see through the camera what was going on."

Scurry witnessed the entire ordeal...

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And was the one to call the police on the police.

Fearing that Chauvin and the 3 other officers who stood by were taking things too far, Scurry called Minneapolis Sgt. David Pleoger, who oversaw the officers involved in the arrest in progress.

"You will learn that what she saw was so unusual and, for her, so disturbing that she did something that she had never done in her career."

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As prosecutors played the police camera video of Floyd on the ground, Scurry explained:

"My instincts were telling me something was wrong. It was a gut instinct of the incident: Something is not going right. Whether it be they needed more assistance. Just something wasn't right."

Never-before-seen bodycam footage from the events of May 25th was also presented to the jury...

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And gave fresh details of the minutes leading up to Floyd's arrest, as well as the moment he was confronted by the police officers.

​As reported by BBC News, the court was shown bodycam footage from Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao, all of whom are facing aiding and abetting charges.

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In the footage, Floyd can be seen sitting behind the wheel of his car, begging the officers not to shoot him.

At one point, one of the officers pulls his gun as Floyd continues to plead with them.

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Floyd was visibly very distressed by the presence of the police officers, and can be heard saying:

"Please don't shoot me, please, man… I just lost my mom."

He can then be heard trying to assure the officers that he'll "do anything you tell me to"...

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Before saying:

"I'm not a bad guy, man."

Of course, the footage was utterly chilling to watch.

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Days on from that revelation, the prosecution called an outside expert witness to testify about Floyd's cause of death.

Prosecutors say that Chauvin's knee on Floyd's neck contributed to his death...

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While Chauvin's defense argued that Floyd's use of illicit drugs and his underlying medical conditions were the key factors.

Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonary and critical medicine doctor with forty-five years of experience in the field also testified...

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And he wholeheartedly supported the theory that Floyd was killed as a result of Chauvin's pressure on his neck.

Dr. Tobin confirmed that Floyd died due to a low level of oxygen caused by the combination of being handcuffed in the prone position on the ground...

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And Chauvin's left knee on his neck and right knee on his back, compromising his ability to breathe.

"Mr. Floyd died from a low level of oxygen, and this caused damage to his brain that we see, and it also caused a PEA arrhythmia that caused his heart to stop."

The jury was shown an image from an officer's body camera video in which Floyd's knuckles are seen pressed against the tire of the squad car while Chauvin's knees are on his neck and back.

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Dr. Tobin said that while this gesture would not seem important to most people, it was "extraordinarily significant" to a physiologist.

"This tells you that [Floyd] has used up his resources, and he's now literally trying to breathe with his fingers and knuckles," he said. "He was using his fingers and his knuckles against the street to try and crank up the right side of his chest... it was his only way to try and get air to get into the right lung."

The jury was also shown an image where Chauvin's toe was seen lifted off the ground while his knee was on Floyd's neck.

This meant 91.5 pounds, half of Chauvin's weight, was directly compressing Floyd's neck at that point, Dr.Tobin said.

The evidence continued to stack up against Chauvin...

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And, clearly in panic mode, his defense continued to stress that Floyd had already put himself at risk by swallowing drugs and resisting officers trying to arrest him - factors that compounded his vulnerability to a diseased heart, raising sufficient doubt that Chauvin should be acquitted.

And, last week, Chauvin spoke for the first time.

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On the morning of April 15th, he invoked his Fifth Amendment right to not risk making self-incriminating statements, laying to rest speculation over whether or not he would take the stand.

It was the only time Chauvin's voice was heard in court, other than in videos played to the jury of him kneeling on Floyd.

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Chauvin's lawyer, Eric Nelson, questioned him about his decision on testifying, mentioning that they had spoken multiple times about whether Chauvin should testify in a "lengthy meeting."

"Have you made a decision today whether you intend to testify or whether you intend to invoke your Fifth Amendment privilege?" Nelson asked.

"I will invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege today," Chauvin replied.

However, despite his defense's best efforts...

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Things haven't gone in Chauvin's favor.

Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

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The jury found the former police officer guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

It was then confirmed that Chauvin has been placed on suicide watch and under the highest security.

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As authorities are concerned about violence towards him from other prisoners, too.

It's to be expected, given the circumstances of his crime.

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However, one person seems to think that the jury only reached a guilty verdict because of "the mob" outside influencing their decision.

On Wednesday, he was back on the topic of the trial during Tucker Carlson Tonight, saying that Chauvin's conviction will just fuel BLM and the "radical left."

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"This is a country moving backwards at high speed. But the strange thing is, most people didn't seem shocked or upset by any of this. They seem relieved by the verdict," he said.

He then argued that Americans just turned a blind eye because they assumed it would bring an end to the chaos.

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"After 11 months of mostly unrestrained violence and intimidation from BLM, Americans decided to pay the ransom. They understood Derek Chauvin as a sacrifice for the sins of a nation. On television, they told us this was the case in the clearest terms. America is on trial, they told us. It's not just Chauvin, one cop from Minneapolis on the stand. It's all of us - our history, our culture, our system," he said.

He also added this:

"We internalized that, and we went along with it. But we were foolish to go along with this. A wise country stands on its principles. It puts down mobs. It doesn't obey mobs because mobs are never sated. No matter what demands you follow, they demand more."

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