Al Sharpton openly called for the conviction of Derek Chauvin—one of the four police offers who had apprehended George Floyd who is being charged for murder.
Sharpton hosted a prayer vigil on the eve of Chauvin’s trial where he and members of Floyd’s family called for Chauvin to face the appropriate penalty for what Sharpton says is a blatant murder, despite medical reports showing that it is likely Floyd died of an overdose of fentanyl.
The former police officer faces charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death.
“We must show with this case that a police officer must face the law just like anybody else,” Sharpton said, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Floyd’s brother, Philonise, joined Sharpton in calling on the jury to find Chauvin guilty, as if to do so should have any bearing on the evidence presented.
“My brother didn’t ask for this,” he said at a news conference amid the vigil. “I didn’t ask to be a part of this fraternity that nobody wants to be a part of. I think about my brother every day and every night. I think about his kids.”
“I have faith that he will get convicted. Just like everybody who’s seen that video, because the video is the proof,” he added.
Sharpton has used his platform as a civil-rights leader to fuel controversy and provoke racial division for decades. The Daily Wire reported that Sharpton often uses controversial events to bolster his claims of black oppression in the U.S. Back in the 1990s, Sharpton used a traffic accident in which a Jewish driver struck and killed a black seven-year-old to stir up black anger against Jews living in New York.
George Floyd passed away in May of 2020 while he was being apprehended for passing counterfeit cash at a convenience store. Footage of the arrest reveals Floyd pushing back against a group of police officers attempting to get him into a police vehicle before collapsing to the ground. The video then depicts Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for roughly nine minutes.
The Hennepin County medical examiner reported after Floyd’s autopsy that he had ingested a potentially lethal mixture of fentanyl and methamphetamines just before his arrest.
The Daily Wire reported back in August:
New court documents have uncovered two memorandums, dated May 26 and June 1, that suggest Chief Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker concluded George Floyd likely died from a fentanyl overdose and found “no physical evidence suggesting” that he died of asphyxiation.
“AB (Andrew Baker) said that if Mr. Floyd had been found dead in his home (or anywhere else) and there were no other contributing factors he would conclude that it was an overdose death,” according to a memo from June 1.
The memos appeared to contradict the Armed Forces medical examiner and Hennepin County medical examiner’s final conclusion that Floyd’s death was a homicide.
“His death was caused by the police subdual and restraint in the setting of severe hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and methamphetamine and fentanyl intoxication,” the Armed Forces medical examiner discovered, according to FOX 9.