Trey Gowdy: Minnesota Cop Responsible For George Floyd’s Death Should Be Charged With First-Degree Murder

Former Republican congressman Trey Gowdy said Sunday that “it took too long” to charge a Minneapolis police officer with killing George Floyd and that he should be charged with first-degree murder.

“It took too long,” said Gowdy to Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures,” about the officer being charged.

Gowdy: ‘If you have a man with your knee on his neck and he is telling you, ‘you’re killing me, I cannot breathe…’

Gowdy, who is a Fox News contributor, broke down his reasoning.

“You know, murder one in Minnesota is premeditation with an intent to kill murder two is an intent to kill without the premeditation. Murder three is the doing of an inherently dangerous thing that results in someone’s death,” Gowdy said. “So my question for the prosecutors and cops in Minnesota, Maria, is if you have a man with your knee on his neck and he is telling you, ‘you’re killing me, I cannot breathe. You’re killing me.’ How long’s it take for premeditation to manifest itself?”

“Nobody thinks these cops went to the scene with the intent to kill him,” he continued. “But at some point when you’re being warned that your conduct is taking someone’s life, Isn’t that premeditation?”

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Gowdy: ‘I think you need to do what fits the facts. And to me, I think is a murder one charge’

“Isn’t that consciousness of guilt that you need to prove an intent to kill?” Gowdy said. “So murder three is the easiest charge. But I was never a prosecutor that liked to go for the easiest thing. I think you need to do what fits the facts. And to me, I think is a murder one charge.”

The officer in question, Derek Chauvin, sparked nationwide protests this week after he was clearly seen on video taken by a smartphone kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes during the suspect’s arrest for allegedly passing a counterfeit bill.

Floyd died in custody and Chauvin was fired Tuesday. Chauvin was then arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and  second-degree manslaughter.

Three other officers present at the scene were also fired and are under investigation.

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Fox News host Bartiromo then asked Gowdy if Chauvin would face federal charges.

“They’re going to charge violation of civil rights, which is serious,” Gowdy said. “And if it results in death, you can get a significant sentence. But our criminal justice system is both substantive and it is symbolic. If you take someone’s life intentionally with premeditation, even without premeditation, that’s murder.”

“So to call it a violation of someone’s civil rights.,” Gowdy added. “Sure. Go ahead and charge him.”

“But Minnesota owes it to this victim and his family to also get the Minnesota state law justice,” Gowdy said. “So great the feds are involved. But symbolically, call this what it is. It is the intentional taking, the unlawful taking of someone’s life and that is murder.”

John Hanson

is a professional writer and editor with over 15 years of experience in conservative media and Republican politics. He has been a special guest on Fox News, Sirius XM, appeared as the guest of various popular personalities, and has had a lifelong interest in right-leaning politics.

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  • when you become a cop, and faced with a criminal, come back and tell us. i was one and got shot in head over a traffic stop.

  • why did you take down my post i just put up? are you afraid of the truth, like the dems are. or is it because there is no more free speech on this site. maybe if you don't like what is being commented, you should just close this site down, because you are too scared to print truth.

  • Obama-Soros, De Blasio need to go in prison for causing this chaos for the last 6 months World wide

  • Gowdy didn't give any answer about the investigation who killed the diplomacy in Libya? Gowdy's head is shrinking everyday

  • Goody is weak politician and didn't solved for many years who killed diplomacy in Libya? What Mr ? George Floyd was dangerous man with criminal history and not innocent He died from the fear not from the police We saw that he peed in his own pants and he walked on his own to feet

  • First degree murder? No. Let the courts do their jobs and find the appropriate crime to charge the officer with. The news is not the arbitor od f justice, and I thank God for that. No more compromises on rioters. Full auto

  • Let me get this. Ur blaming Dems? Un freaking believable. Florida has been controlled by Repuubs for years as well as most of Minnesota. On top of that Trump's in the White House not Dems.

  • The out-of-control cop killed Mr. Floyd because he was Black. It's laughable how u'll skipping the real issue.

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