Trump On Floyd Video: “I Couldn’t Really Watch It...It Was Over Eight Minutes”
When discussing the death of George Floyd in police custody, President Donald Trump “said he struggled to watch the entire video” of his arrest and death, reported the Hill.
- This video “is a nearly nine-minute clip showing Floyd, an unarmed black man, being pinned down by his neck by a white Minneapolis police officer while three other officers look on.” Floyd can be heard “pleading for his life and saying he can't breathe before becoming unresponsive.”
- The video “quickly went viral, leading to protests across Minneapolis and the country, sparking a conversation over systemic racism and police funding.”
- Wednesday night on Fox News, Trump said: “I couldn’t really watch it for that long a period of time, it was over eight minutes. Who could watch that?”
- The officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck, Derek Chauvin, “has been charged with murder, while the three other officers face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder.”
- Trump said that Chauvin “has some big problems, noting that he had “just left a big group of the top sheriffs and law enforcement people in the country, and nobody was sticking up for what he did.”
These comments “came a day after Trump signed an executive order instituting incentives for local police to improve their training and creating a database to track police misconduct.”