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Fox News host Sean Hannity opened his Wednesday evening program discussing the damning video of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died this week after being pinned to the pavement by the knee of a police officer.
Hannity played footage of the disturbing video as well as additional new footage showing a street view as Floyd was being taken into custody. At no point does it appear that Floyd is resisting officers.
“This is what I don’t like,” Hannity said at one point, as video of Floyd, 46, being pinned to the street looped.
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“My understanding is the total time on this is about 8 minutes where the officer, now again, we are talking about potentially, they suspected forgery in this case. Not a violent crime, but if you look in particular at this video, this is what I don’t like,” Hannity said.
The Fox News host referenced his own martial arts training, noting that by striking one or both carotid arteries in the neck, you can disable an opponent. But, he said, blocking off both arteries with a knee, for instance, can certainly cause death.
Hannity also noted that, at his request, President Donald Trump has ordered a federal investigation into the incident. Four officers including the one seen holding Floyd down have been fired, he added.
“According to reports, ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.’ But it is critical at this point, we have to be asking them I don’t see any movement. I don’t see any resistance. I don’t see why the person is cuffed. Why the knee stays on the neck,” Hannity says.
“I’m trying to be fair and objective and I don’t rush to judgment on this program. I don’t think anybody should. We believe in the presumption of innocence. I can also say looking at videotape, the videotape doesn’t lie. Putting somebody’s knee on somebody’s neck is extraordinarily hurtful and dangerous from somebody’s neck point,” he added.
Hannity then brought on Fox News contributor Dan Bongino, a former NYPD officer and Secret Service agent who also said he was perplexed by the officer’s actions.
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“It makes no sense. I see no resistance at all,” Bongino noted.
“When you cut off somebody’s trach, windpipe, that is almost universally banned in law enforcement. Almost everywhere I know,” he continued. “The problem I have here, Sean, obviously, the full story matters but the full video tells the story that you just can’t run away from. When I was in the 7-5 precinct as a police officer of the golden rule was when the cops are on the subject is controlled, the fight is over. That is it.”
Hannity also brought on former NYPD Chief Bernard Kerik, who said that what he saw on the video “defies logic.”
“You know what, Sean, I don’t think anybody has the answer,” Kerik said when the host asked why an officer would pin a suspect to the ground by the neck for several minutes.
“It defies logic and it defies common sense. It defies training. It defies arrest policies and procedures,” Kerik continued.
“There was no resistance. I’m curious as to — they took him out of the car and sat him down and all of a sudden he wound up in this position with this guy’s foot on his neck, his knee on his neck. Why, how did he get there? Why did he keep his leg on his neck as long as he did? You know, the guy is crying out that he can’t breathe.”
Following the incident, riots broke out in Minneapolis, as Mayor Jacob Frey called for charges to be filed against the officer who pinned Floyd.
“If I had done it, or if you had done it, we would be behind bars right now,” Frey said.
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