On Tucker Carlson Tonight Tuesday, Carlson questioned exactly how George Floyd died. Floyd was killed while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day as one of the officers kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd’s death, which sparked nationwide protests that continue to this day, was ruled a homicide in two separate autopsies. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office said Floyd died of “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression,” while an independent autopsy commissioned by Floyd’s family concluded that he died as a result of mechanical asphyxiation. And, though both found that Floyd died by homicide, Carlson cast doubt on the cause of Floyd’s death.
“Floyd’s death changed everything. It was a pivot point in American history. No matter what side you’re on, that’s very clear at this point. So with all of that in mind, the significance of the event in mind, it’s striking how little we really know months later about how exactly George Floyd died,” Carlson said. “The official storyline is clear, it couldn’t be clearer. Established news organizations state as a matter of factual certainty that Floyd was, in the words of NBC News and so many others, quote, murdered by a Minneapolis police officer. That certainly is a vivid image, but does it reflect what actually happened? The short answer is, we’re still not precisely sure how George Floyd died.”
Carlson, who once called the demonstrations over Floyd’s death a form of tyranny, suggested Floyd may have died as a result of the fentanyl that was found in his system. Carlson cited body cam footage of Floyd’s arrest recently leaked by The Daily Mail, though he admitted that the video proves nothing. And though the fentanyl in Floyd’s system was widely reported, Carlson accused the media of not digging deeper into Floyd’s death.
“The media, in the meantime, aren’t that curious about gathering further details,” Carlson said, “and they’re actively hostile to anyone who is. Ask too many inconvenient, unauthorized questions about George Floyd, and you’ll be banned from the internet.”
All four officers involved in Floyd’s death are currently awaiting trial.
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