Fox News’ legal analyst on George Floyd's death: ‘Why have those four officers not been charged with murder?'
Judge Andrew Napolitano has been one of the biggest political wild cards at Fox News, often showing himself to be right-wing economically yet sometimes siding with liberals and progressives on civil liberties — and during a Thursday morning, May 28 appearance on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” the libertarian judge wondered why the officers involved in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have not been arrested.
Minneapolis, this week, has been rocked by angry demonstrations and civil unrest following Floyd’s death, with protestors asserting that excessive force was used against Floyd — an unarmed African-American man who, in a video, can be seen pleading with officers, “I can’t breathe,” when he was pinned on the ground. The Rev. Al Sharpton has stressed that the video clearly shows “criminal intent” on the part of the officers.
On “Fox and Friends,” Napolitano said of the officers, “Of course they should be charged.... If I were the attorney general, Bill Barr, I would call up the attorney general of Minnesota and say, ‘Why have those four officers not been charged with murder? Why are they free? Why are they not in jail? We have a video of the murder? If you guys don’t do it, we will.”
Napolitano went on to describe the type of charges he believes should be brought against the arresting officers.
“There are two violations here,” Napolitano explained. “There is murder, and then there is the use of legal force to deprive him of his civil rights. The murder is the state crime. The use of force to deprive him of his civil rights — in this case, the right to breathe — is a federal crime. The cops can actually be prosecuted for both.”