A man who identified himself as a once-victim of police brutality named “Bob” called into C-SPAN’s Washington Journal program on Tuesday morning to defend the actions of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
Opening statements in Chauvin’s murder trial were delivered on Monday.
Bob claimed that Floyd was treated unusually kindly by Chauvin.
“Well, I watched the footage, all of it… If everybody watches all of the footage, I mean all of it, I haven’t seen officers act that nice in my life to anybody,” Bob declared.
“And I’ve been around cops. When I was a kid, I got popped once. They weren’t very nice to me. They threw me in a cell, my face into a wall and, you know, left me in there overnight. I was just a kid -14, 15, years old – we got drunk at one of my friend’s houses. That doesn’t excuse it but the police today are much less apt to kill people, much less apt to beat people up, because of all the camera and all that stuff,” said Bob.
Bob said that Chauvin “wasn’t kneeling on him to try to take away his breath. The guy begged to get out of the vehicle, he was screaming, ‘You’re going to kill me!’ ‘No, George, we’re not going to kill you.'”
And then they did. But Bob nonetheless insisted that Floyd was treated with the utmost dignity and respect.
“I’ve never seen a person treated so nicely in my life. And then he got out of the car and he laid on the ground. And I see how the officers kneeled on him. He’s not pressing and crushing him into the ground like that attorney said! I’ve seen cops do that to people. That didn’t happen. So have a nice day,” said Bob.
Host Greta Wodele Brawner, clearly taken aback by Bob’s remarks, simply replied with, “alright.’
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