CNN Newsroom hosts scrambled to save their segment on Tuesday after a guest called former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin a “serial murderer.”
“We talk a lot. It’s a network,” host Victor Blackwell said to Minneapolis activist Leslie E. Redmond. “What is the conversation that we are not having that we should be?”
Redmond, former president of the Minneapolis NAACP, replied, “You know, Chauvin, who is a serial murderer, just so we’re clear, he’s murdered numerous people in Minneapolis. He’s part of a bigger system. When he’s held accountable, he’ll be the first white male officer held accountable for murdering a black person in the state of Minnesota.”
Co-host Alisyn Camerota interrupted to clarify.
“What do you mean – sorry to interrupt, but – calling him a serial murderer, what do you mean by that?” she asked.
“I mean that several peoples’ lives have been taken by Chauvin, right?” Redmond said.
“That he kneeled on a young black male’s neck and killed him as well. If you look into his track record, which is something that’s been brought up numerous times by Communities United Against Police Brutality, they have the data, they have the statistics of the other people who have fell victim to Chauvin,” she claimed.
““I don’t know about that, I know that he has had complaints against him, but I don’t know… those details,” Camerota replied.
“Well, it’s true. And I really encourage you to go fact-check it and go look it up,” Redmond continued, adding that “over 400 people have lost their lives to police in Minnesota…”
Camerota shook her head slowly as Redmond launched into a tangent. “We just wanted to confirm that,” she said.
“Alright Leslie,” Blackwell interrupted, “We have not confirmed those details. You suggested we go check them, we certainly will.”
Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) is an organization based in Twin-Cities working to end police brutality. According to CUAPB, Chauvin was involved in five “lethal force incidents” while with the Minneapolis Police Department. Three of these incidents report victims as “dead” and two as “survived.” There are also reportedly over two dozen complaints against Chauvin dating back to 1999, most marked “no discipline.”
Chauvin was convicted on all counts Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
“Clearly, the verdict is supported by the facts,” Fox News host Jeanine Pirro said Tuesday. “This case was extremely unusual. … It is rare that you even get a picture of the victim in a murder case, other than maybe an autopsy photo. But here we had a living, breathing person that the jury was able to relate to, every day, day after day, watching the trauma of what he went through: begging for air, begging to breathe.”
Pirro, a former judge, added, “What people need to understand is that the American justice system works.”
Chauvin will wait eight weeks before his sentencing.