Truth Verify: Tucker Carlson Says New Proof Clears Derek Chauvin of Homicide

Conservative pundit Tucker Carlson has claimed this week that new court docket papers present George Floyd was not murdered in Might 2020 by then police officer Derek Chauvin.

Former Minneapolis police officer Chauvin, who’s white, was discovered responsible in April 2021 of second-degree unintentional homicide, third-degree homicide, and second-degree manslaughter within the demise of George Floyd, who was Black.

In a brand new clip on X, previously Twitter, on Friday, Carlson alleged a current court docket deposition, had confirmed Chauvin had not murdered Floyd.

Nevertheless, as Newsweek has discovered, Carlson’s evaluation bears some examination.

Tucker Carlson speaks at a convention on July 15, 2023 in West Palm Seashore, Florida. Carlson alleged on his present on X, previously Twitter, that new court docket paperwork confirmed that George Floyd was not murdered by Chauvin.
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The Declare

In a video clip posted on X, previously Twitter, by Tucker Carlson’s account on October 20, 2023, and since considered greater than 21 million occasions, Carlson mentioned that Floyd was not murdered by Chauvin.

Carlson mentioned throughout the clip “…did he [Chauvin] really homicide George Floyd? And the reply is, nicely, no he did not homicide George Floyd.

“We’re not guessing about that. We all know it conclusively due to a brand new court docket case now underway in Hennepin County, Minnesota.”

That refers to an ongoing lawsuit by Amy Sweasy Tamburino, a prosecutor in Hennepin County, the place the Chauvin case was tried. Sweasy is suing the county over a authorized settlement she reached with it in 2022. She had initially filed discrimination expenses towards the county.

Case information embrace a deposition from Sweasy through which she talked about a dialog with the county’s medical expert, Dr. Andrew Baker, after he carried out Floyd’s post-mortem.

Within the Carlson clip, textual content attributed to Sweasy learn: “I referred to as Dr. Baker early that morning to inform him in regards to the case and to ask him if he would carry out the post-mortem on Mr Floyd.

“He referred to as me later within the day on that Tuesday and he advised me that there have been no medical findings that confirmed any harm to the very important buildings of Mr. Floyd’s neck.

“There have been no medical indications of asphyxia or strangulation.”

Carlson then mentioned: “In different phrases, George Floyd, based on the official post-mortem was not murdered.” He added that Floyd died of “pure causes, which in his case would come with many years of drug use, in addition to the deadly focus of fentanyl that was in his system on his last day.”

“So this was not a killing. It was yet one more narcotics OD [overdose].”

Carlson then went on to say that Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Baker “clearly understood that and in reality articulated it.”

Additional textual content appeared on display, once more quoting Sweasy, stating that Dr. Baker advised her “He mentioned to me, ‘Amy, what occurs when the precise proof would not match up with the general public narrative that everybody’s already selected?…After which he mentioned, ‘ That is the form of case that ends careers.'”

The Details

Carlson’s declare contradicts the findings of the post-mortem report, whereas the deposition provides no substantive assist to the previous Fox Information host’s argument.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s (HCME) post-mortem didn’t report neck accidents, or different “life-threatening accidents;” nevertheless, the report concluded Floyd died from “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating legislation enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.”

The American Coronary heart Affiliation identifies cardiopulmonary arrest because the “abrupt lack of coronary heart perform in an individual.”

At trial, Chauvin’s lawyer Eric Nelson requested HCME medical expert Baker whether or not labeling the demise as a murder “was a medical dedication you made?” Baker replied: “Appropriate.”

A scarcity of harm doesn’t imply there was no asphyxia both. Dr. Gregory Davis, a medical advisor for Jefferson County, Alabama, advised the Related Press in June 2020 that bruising or harm to the neck “would not in any means imply that asphyxia did not happen,” solely that there are not any indicators of it on the physique.

What Sweasy Mentioned in New Courtroom Paperwork

The deposition that Carlson quotes doesn’t advance the declare that Floyd was not murdered. Sweasy spoke to counsel for the defendants, as a part of her lawsuit towards the county, on August 21, 2023, out there through Minnesota Courtroom Data On-line.

In her deposition, Sweasy recalled a dialog with Baker in June 2020, throughout which he allegedly mentioned there have been “no medical findings that confirmed any harm to the very important buildings of Mr Floyd’s Neck.” Sweasy added that Baker mentioned “‘That is the form of case that ends careers.'”

There isn’t any different details about the context or element of the dialog between Sweasy and Baker.

Newsweek has contacted Sweasy’s attorneys through electronic mail for remark.

A consultant for Hennepin County advised Newsweek that “Dr. Baker can’t touch upon statements made by different folks of their depositions.

“He stands by the post-mortem report and his televised testimony, each of that are publicly out there.” You’ll be able to entry that post-mortem report right here.

Medical Examiner’s Conclusions on Floyd’s Dying

As said, Baker concluded in Floyd’s post-mortem that he died from “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating legislation enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression,” labeling his demise a murder.

Carlson’s declare that Baker “understood” Floyd died of “pure causes” associated to drug use, due to this fact, is incorrect.

Throughout Chauvin’s trial, Baker advised Chauvin’s lawyer that if Floyd had been discovered at residence in his locked residence with no proof of trauma, and the one post-mortem discovering was his fentanyl stage “then sure I might certify his demise is because of fentanyl toxicity,” including, “the interpretation of drug concentrations may be very context-dependent.”

Nevertheless, simply because the post-mortem said, Baker mentioned it was his opinion that Floyd “skilled a cardiopulmonary arrest within the context of the legislation enforcement’s subdual, restraint and neck compression.”

“It was the stress of that interplay that tipped him over the sting given his underlying coronary heart illness and his toxicological standing.”

Carlson was approached for remark through his X account on the morning of October 24. He has but to reply to the factors raised above.

The Ruling



Tucker Carlson has not offered proof displaying George Floyd was not murdered by Chauvin.

A just lately printed deposition Carlson quotes, which talked about an alleged dialog with a medical expert who performed Floyd’s post-mortem, gives no new details about Floyd’s demise.

The examiner, Dr. Andrew Baker, mentioned in court docket that his demise was labeled murder attributable to “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating legislation enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.”

A declare Carlson makes that Baker “understood” Floyd died of “pure causes” is fake, as is Carlson’s declare that Floyd’s post-mortem reveals he was not killed by Chauvin.

FACT CHECK BY Newsweek’s Truth Verify workforce