TUCKER Carlson claimed the jury who decided Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict caved to the mob and slammed their decision as a plea of "please don't hurt us."
Disgraced cop Chauvin, 45, faces a maximum sentence of 75 years in jail after he was found guilty of murdering George Floyd on all counts on Tuesday following a three-week trial.
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Sentencing is due to take place in eight weeks time, Judge Peter Cahill said – but Carlson noted that "everyone understood perfectly well the consequences of an acquittal in this case."
During a lively segment of Tucker Carlson Tonight, the Fox News host said: "After nearly a year of burning, looting, and murder by BLM, that was never in doubt.
"Last night, 2,000 miles from Minneapolis, police in Los Angeles preemptively blocked roads. Why? They knew what would happen if Derek Chauvin got off.
"In the end, he didn’t get off. If given the maximum sentence under the law, he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
"Is that a fair punishment? Is the officer guilty of the specific crimes for which he was just convicted?
"No mob has the right to destroy our cities. Not under any circumstances, not for any reason.
"No politician or media figure has the right to intimidate a jury, and no political party has the right to impose a different standard of justice on its own supporters."
Carlson described the Black Lives Matter riots as "an attack on civilization" and claimed that if they continued here, "decent, productive people will leave."
He also said that the cop who killed Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt should be held to the same standard of justice.
On Wednesday, it emerged that the Chauvin had been placed a separate unit from the general prison population at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights, where he is on suicide watch.
As a former cop, he is also understood to be at risk from other inmates and could be killed.
Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday.
Celebrations ensued after his conviction but it would appear Chauvin knew he would be receiving a harsh punishment after he scribbled his lawyer's number on his hand minutes before the ruling.
According the ex-cop's lawyer Eric Nelson, Chauvin scrawled his number down on the palm of his hand in case he was convicted and sent directly to jail, reports TMZ.
Carlson slammed the jury – anonymous and sequestered from the outside world – who deliberated for around 10-and-a-half hours before reaching their verdict on Tuesday.
As each of the charges against Chauvin was separate, jurors had to reach a separate verdict for each count.
They had to conclude Chauvin's actions were a "substantial causal factor" in Floyd’s death and that his use of force was unreasonable.
The second-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, the third-degree murder charge a maximum of 25 years and the second-degree manslaughter charge a maximum of 10 years.
Chauvin is currently facing a maximum of 75 years behind bars but prosecutors previously said they would be seeking enhanced sentences for all convictions.
Prosecuting attorney Jerry Blackwell said Tuesday's verdict sends out the message that Floyd's "life mattered."
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