Fox News host Greg Gutfeld says ‘extortion’ compelled jurors to convict Chauvin

The recently announced guilty verdicts against the former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death led to widespread celebrations by those who had been protesting over the course of the past year.

Fox News Channel personality Greg Gutfeld, however, is not convinced that Derek Chauvin received a fair trial, opining that “extortion” led to his conviction.

“I’m speaking the truth”

“So we’re dealing with what we thought was a sense of extortion,” Gutfeld said. “That if this didn’t go a certain way — I’m speaking the truth — if it didn’t go a certain way, there was going to be destruction.”

He went on to double down on his bold assertion, adding: “We know that. Why pretend otherwise? Come on.”

Chauvin, who was seen on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck during an arrest last year, was found guilty this week of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

Ahead of the verdict announcement, a number of protesters and progressive politicians publicly threatened dire consequences should the ex-cop not be convicted on all counts.

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), for example, encouraged demonstrators to “stay on the street” and “get more confrontational” if jurors did not find Chauvin guilty.

“The judge made a terrible mistake”

“We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business,” she added.

Gutfeld was not alone in arguing that such remarks had an impact on the decision of the jury in the case.

Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz reacted to the verdict by suggesting that it should be overturned, declaring: “What was done to George Floyd by Officer Chauvin was inexcusable, morally. But the verdict is very questionable, because of the outside influences of people like Al Sharpton, and people like Maxine Waters.”

Dershowitz went on to denounce “threats and intimidation and hanging the sword of Damocles over the jury, and basically saying if you don’t convict on the murder charge, on all the charges, the cities will burn, the country will be destroyed,” indicating that such rhetoric “seeped into the jury room because the judge made a terrible mistake by not sequestering the jury.”

Based on the arguments of Dershowitz and Gutfeld, it appears likely that Chauvin will pursue an appeal. For now, though, he is expected to be sentenced in about two months.

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  1. You are refreshing and honest what a pleasure to read and listen on television.
    Peers nominate you for an Emmy, if not contact me I will be happy to do the honors. Keep up the good work.

  2. Well after what Maxine Waters Always preaches
    Spreading her hatred And always pushing people to be violent what do you expect
    the government wants us To have zero tolerance for that kind of behavior but look at the kind of Congress people like Maxine Walters why does in our politicians have zero tolerance but again everybody knows For Democrats
    It do what I say not what I do
    And Maxine Waters should be removed from our government she a fine example Of the kind of people we don’t need in government

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  4. Every syllable and photo-frame, from just before the arrest to after it was all said and done, should be released to the general public, as well as any and all other evidence involved in the case. Including coroner and toxicology reports.

  5. whether he was guilty or not it is not for her to decide. She’s out of her jurisdiction and was wrong in doing so. She should be punished and put out Congress

  6. n this society agenda and prejudice and hate etc too often are used as tools to skew the results to free criminals or criminalize not guilty people. THIS I KNOW judges and even the Supreme Court judges and all jurors –as well as all of us – will stand in the REAL SUPREME COURT before God to be judged. We won’t slick it by with a slick lawyer. Fortunately Jesus, if we accepted Him as Savior is our lawyer and the crimes He forgave us for will get a “not guilty” plea because He took those sins on Himself and took our penalty so we could accept Him as Savior and go to Heaven. Else we all are guilty of crimes and criminals should be in jail not in a perfect Heaven to screw it up. Gladly I declare God prefers forgiveness and mercy to judgment. He won’t CONDEMN us ever – rejecting Him and doing wrong we condemn ourselves, He will have the task of issuing the final judgment and He wants NO ONE IN JAIL. We as a society need to get back to God and love and quit condemnation of self and others and let Him set us free as well as the society we affect. Be a positive contribution to human love and civility vs criminals condemning others.

  7. Do not forget AN TIFA and BL M. BL M threatened to cause violence if the officer was not prose cuted. That obscures a fair trial. I believe the jury had their names leaked – if true they were pressured and maybe threat ened to prosecute the officer.

    Recently I was informed, like to see the video banned off Youtube and media, where a camera proved that the officer was not on Floyd’s throat but shoulder next to the neck where Floyd was restrained but able to breathe.

  8. A bad cop not abusing his or her responsibilities should be accountable. I know this in the military I was on a security alert team when nuclear materials and bombs were handled. One man ran towards me – stop – halt – halt or I will shoot – preceded almost blowing him away. Finally about 6 feet away he stopped and I dropped pressure on the trigger. The trigger was ready to fire in less that 1/8″ more pressure. Did I like almost killing him? Heck no but to properly protect the nuclear stuff I had to comply. Same with officers. If they don’t do their duty to stop criminals they get fired and can be sued. If they do their job some want to sue but if they did what was right the law defends them. When you defy and threaten and intimidate or try to abuse an officer the laws of the land are supposed to stand behind the officer to their defense. If the police follow the laws then they justly should be protected.

    Never should a single person be condemned as guilty until given a just representation and day in court. “Innocent until proven gu ilty” is tough. Edited videos can be tailored to misrepresent facts and even cameras don’t always give facts – based on how it appears. Unless there are honest witnesses or facts brought out in a trial there is no justice.

    People have no idea the pressure officers are under and how HARD it is to always follow rules to the letter. No one – no one – is always right in their perceptions and judg ments of others. If emotion controls a person, officer or not, then judgment can be tainted or even altered – what you would normally do or how you normally will act is altered. I have seen people tense up in an accident situation and accelerate vs slow down.

    If racis m, agenda, ha te, drugs are at play trouble follows. In a court the object of INVESTIG ATION is to get past people’s agenda, prejudice (prejudging) to the facts. Truth is what is to be sought not slick ways for criminals to get by with crimes nor guilty to deceive the jury and judge. Even with a good jury and judge sometimes there is not enough evidence to confirm a cri me, evidence is taint ed/played with making it corru pted, and other reasons to lean towards a verdict of not guilty. This is fair NOT TO crimi nalize a person where there is a doubt of guilt. “Innocent until proven guilty”.

  9. Maxine Waters should be removed from our government she a fine example Of the kind of people we don’t need in government.

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