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they spoke to george floyd's brother after the verdict was read. and so those remarks will happen. we don't have a time on those yet, but i'm sure bret baier takes over for us here, you will have those details as they come in. that is it for "the five." "special report" is up next, hi, bret. >> bret: good evening and welcome to washington, i am bret baier. breaking tonight, the verdict is in. >> count 1 cr 201246. we, the jury, and above entitled count one unintentional second-degree murder with a felony find the defendant guilty, verdict count 2, the title mountain or third degree murder perpetrating an eminently dangerous act found guilty. it verdict count 3, we, the jury, in entitled manner count 32nd degree manslaughter culpable negligence with unreasonable risk find the
defendant guilty. >> bret: guilty on all counts, that is the jury's rapid decision in the trial of the former minneapolis police officer charged in the death of george floyd. it took less than one day of deliberation, now the reaction on the streets of minneapolis as you look life and elsewhere around the country, fox team coverage tonight mike tobin in minneapolis on the ground with what is happening on the street, kristin fisher at the white house with retching from the president. he will speak a little bit later, chad pergram looks at the political fallout from the comments by democratic congresswoman and all of the reaction to that on capitol hill. we start off with matt finn in minneapolis also with a quick, decisive action from the jury they are, good evening, matt. >> you might see a celebratory mood outside of the courthouse, people cheering, honking their horns and barbecue going on. judge peter cahill said that derek chauvin will be sentence
and eight weeks and he will be sentenced on the highest charge found guilty of second-degree murder. here in minnesota, the jury's typically serve two-thirds of the sentence in prison and providing the person behaves well the rest of the sentence served on pro outside of prison. however in this case the prosecution stipulated aggravating factors which might increase derek chauvin's time. the judge will make that decision. the court room moments ago moments ago derek chauvin did not look at the jury has the verdict was read. chauvin immediately stood up and put his hands behind his back and handcuffed and taken into custody. throughout this case, the defense repeatedly filed for relocation or acquittal arguing too much media saturation. the defense in the final moments of closing arguments yesterday argue local and national politicians weighing in on the case against the judge's wishes, even tv shows portraying the floyd case so we will wait to see if there some type of appeal
from the defense, bret. >> bret: matt finn live on the ground in minneapolis, thank you. white house correspondent kristin fisher on the north lawn reaction from president biden. he will speak tonight, good evening. >> he will but president biden are surprised people by weighing in on what he thought the verdict should be before the jury had announced the decision and this is really surprising because just yesterday the white house press secretary jen psaki explicitly said that president biden did not want to get ahead of the jury. president biden made these remarks this morning during the meeting in the oval office. the president was asked a question about his phone call last night with george floyd's family. he was not asked what he thought the verdict should be. but the president went there on his own. >> they are a good family. and they are calling for peace and tranquility no matter what that verdict is. i'm praying that the verdict is the right verdict, and i wouldn't say that unless the
jury is sequestered now. >> this comes one day after the judge in the trial set i wish elected officials would stop talking about this case. the white house press secretary was pressed no matt pressed on this topping and jen psaki would not elaborate what t meant when he said overwhelming referring to the evidence in the case. nor would jen psaki explain why he decided to take the highly unusual step of weighing in on an ongoing criminal trial. but now that a verdict has indeed been reached within the last few minutes, bret, we learned president biden is, indeed, going to be delivering remarks from the white house a little bit later tonight. exact time tbd, bret. >> bret: kristin fisher live in the narrow gnomic north lawn, kristin the social media and the family said the president had a cold before family and their attorneys moments ago after the
verdict was read. cities around the country have been bracing for protests prior to this verdict. a congressional correspondent chad program has that part of the story from capitol hill, good evening, chad. >> good evening, bret house democrats face a choice defend maxine waters or vote to punish her after judge peter cahill said waters comments could be grounds for an appeal. democrats chose to punt and sidestep g.o.p. to central waters on party line vote 2-16, 2-10. steny hoyer backed up waters. >> it is, however, irresponsible to take chair waters remarks out of context to just hold a gotcha partisan vote. if confrontation is subject to sanction, then we will have a lot of people on your side of
the aisle who we believe are confrontational every day. >> waters and since republican kevin mccarthy demanded the house ensure waters, discipline below expulsion. the house has only censured 23 members in history. republicans contend democrats only went to accuse the g.o.p. of inciting the capital riots but not whole out their own. >> maxine waters believes there is value in violence. maybe then she would learn once and for all there is no value and violence. >> we got a situation where lauren boebert is ms, matt gaetz is a mess, marjorie taylor greene is a mess. clean up your mess, kevin, sit this one out. speak with the vote, waters dodged reporters. >> your comments over the weekend? what is your reaction to the committee now?
>> you are being confrontational. >> later waters was not so liberating but relieved. some democrats are seething at waters but stuck together to kill mccarthy's resolution. the house chapel prayed for calm and no more justified than the acts which ignited our citizens, bret. >> bret: chad pergram live on capitol hill, thank you. attorneys for the family and the family gathered in minneapolis. i think it is reverend al sharpton speaking with ben crum, the family attorney there. let's take a listen and dip into this. >> to deal with the funeral of daunte wright in the same county, the same area. we still have cases come up this gives us the energy to fight on and we are determined that we will fight until we have federal law for george floyd justice and policing act must be law. [applause] we want to thank all, especially
the eternally general and others -- attorney general and others. we want to thank president biden and the first time he came out of his house during the campaign, he flew to houston and met with the family and attorney ben crump and i. he sat there and i will never forget, he said to george's daughter, did i hear you say your father is going to change the world? well, we can tell george's daughter she was right. her father has begun to change the world for real. but before we do anything, we first want to pray and beg god, somehow god made away. he had mercy. we believe in god that can get through the cracks of the jury room and bring conscious and
bring truth. in that jury, we want to thank them for letting god to give the strength wherever they are tonight. we want them to know we broke down in tears when we heard the verdict. we had to hold each other and of the interior is because too many nights we have cried, many of us for decades, spent nights in jail. but today, we can wipe our tears away and fight on for another day. there is sunlight. we are going to keep going until we bring it for the breonna taylor whose boyfriend is here today, jamie walker. [applause] sean bell, so many that did not get this night, this night is for them. let us pray. let's lock arms and pray like we are kinfolks. come on, brandon.
you and rodney come up front. who was hiding now? brother chris. get next to the attorney general there and let's pray. dear god, we thank you for giving us the strength to stand together. sometimes, we would question each other. sometimes we say this is just going to be a waste of time. but somehow you touch us in the midnight hour and teach us to hold on. and if we would be faithful over a few things, you give us the victory over many. we thank you because we know it was not any doing of ours that your love and kindness in your tender mercy that made tonight possible. bless those that work to make this prosecution something that they couldn't deny.
let those policeman that got to understand and testified against another policeman. bless the jury that listen to the evidence and didn't listen to those who may criticize them for doing this. bless the prosecutor, keith ellison and his staff that did their job, even though they didn't know what the outcome would be. bless ben crump in a special way that worked tirelessly, that jumped on trains and left his family to make sure that justice would rain down. thank you for all of the civil and human rights leaders that stood up. and we thank you for the nameless grandma's and grandpa's that would get on their knees and ask you to give us a victory of this kind. lord, as we give you thanks and give you the praise will let george know that his name is going down in history. they may have put their knee on
his neck, but he will now be a figure that we will take the knees off of our neck and we give you the praise. thank you, and god, we give you the glory. these blessings we ask in your name, amen. >> amen! >> bret: reverend al sharpton and the family there in minneapolis with attorney ben crump. moments ago, also received a statement from president barack obama and first lady michelle obama. i will read a piece of this, to date a jury in minneapolis to the right thing for almost a year george floyd's death under the knee of a police officer reverberated around the world inspiring murals and marches, sparking controversies, conversations and living rooms and new legislation. by the basic question has always remained, would justice be done? in this case, at least we have our answer. a continuing true justice requires that we come to terms with the facts black americans are treated differently every
day. it requires us to recognize millions of our friends, family, and fellow citizens live in fear the next encounter with law enforcement could be their last. and it closes, michelle and i send our prayers to the floyd family and hopes that they may find peace. former president weighing in on the verdict today. let's find out what's happening in the streets of minneapolis. mike tobin is there, good evening, mike. >> good evening, bret. initially the crowd gathered on the courthouse is one of celebration. that being said, as time went on people started calling it a stepping-stone and there was nor do mike moore that needed to be done. they wanted substantive chain domain change and so many young black men died in the hands of the police. let me step out of the shot. you see the crowd that has gathered to the south side of the court yard aunts -- this gathering has not been without friction. they were trying to get a march going and having a hard time getting a march going. but in terms of the friction
largely based on the fact they are blocking traffic right now. you have people trying to get where they are going in one incident just a short time ago in which 18-wheeler was trying to get through this crowd. the people started climbing up on top of the truck. someone was on his foot and backed up effectively dumping that person on the hood of the truck that caused the crowd to get angry. they started banging on his truck and opened the driver side door of the vehicle. ultimately, the truck driver kind of picked up in a rapid pace and got out of this crowd and drove along, looking around afterward appear there was no one injured on the street but certainly attempt to make tenser reaction coming in from the police officers federation. there are no winners in this case and we respect the jury's decision. we need the political pandering to stop and race baiting of election officials to stop. in addition we need to stop the comments and we need to do better to create a minneapolis that we all love.
in terms of demonstrators that i have spoken with, they say they will not be breaking things tonight, no vandalism, no looting. one says if he sees anyone looting, he will whip his -- in terms of the crowd, the paraphernalia that we have come to expect from the people with the black hoods, the backpacks, the respirators, respirators, shields and things of that nature. we are just not seeing it in the crowd. overall, a mood of celebration, bret. >> bret: mike tobin, we will head back for breaking news on the ground. thank you, auch compton and ben crump, we don't find pleasure is or a man we don't celebrate going to jail but we would rather george be alive. let's get some analysis of the verdict. andrew macarthur at the southern district of new york ad george washington university, law professor jonathan turley, d evening, channel gentlemen, you both earlier today said
the quick decision by this juryd not bode well as far as signals for the defense and obviously it came to be true. your analysis of where this came down to and that videotape was with the prosecution pushing again, jonathan. >> right, this is part of the problem, the defense having to come back with this type of video evidence. you can't have jurors unseen what they have seen. this is a traumatic imprint on them that was played over and over again in the trial. we are a visual species. this has an impact. and the defense did a good job of trying to overcome that, but it is very hard to overcome it. what we saw make sense. the fast verdict indicated that they had gone for the big ticket items. they decided this was murder. and after that first decision, the night is largely over.
quickly, no doubt found guilty on all three counts. what remains, of course, will be an appeal by which will feature questions of venue and also questions of sequestering, the failure to sequester the jury. this type of fast jury will play into that type of appeal. the defense could argue that shows there might have been a compromising of the jury pool. those are hard appeals to make work on the defense side. >> bret: auntie, you mentioned that earlier appeared the record here is filled with defense lawyers bringing up that very fact, the fact that the jury is selected as minneapolis is making a payment to the floyd family and significant one at that, and then you add to all live that the things that happen along the way along the trial. >> i think, bret, here is my comparison. when i had a case in the world trade center bombers in the 1990s come in the middle of
the trial, the oklahoma city bombing happened. and the defense immediately asked the jury to be sequestered. i think at that point, the judge wirelessly refused that request because we still had about six months to go in the trial where in this case, the tragic events in brooklyn center last week happened, they were at the very close of their evidence and the jury was going to be sequestered during deliberations anyway. so the judge could have promptly started jury summations, charged the jury and got right into deliberations with them sequestered and insulated. instead, he sent them home for a long weekend where they marinated and all the rioting and demonstrations and intense publicity that linked what happened to brooklyn center to sheldon's case. and what happened was pretty much exactly what the defense lawyer predicted would happen. you know, i don't think i'm with jonathan.
these are hard appeals to win, but the thing that would have to happen for that appeal to have any chance would have been that the jury came back really fast rather than making a record of a few days to liberation. there was discriminating appraisal of the evidence. that has happened. >> bret: jonathan, the fact this was all televised and people watched as both sides laid out their case, closing arguments, what the judge was saying to the lawyers while the jury was not there was really a window into this case. a lot of people today afterwards sating the justice system is working. and it is a good thing to show the world. your thoughts 30,000 feet up about this moment. >> well, you know, i've always been an advocate of cameras in the courtroom, including the supreme court. this is the reason. justice has to be seen in order to be done. that is what people saw in this trial. they saw the evidence on both
sides. and i think that does bring closure for many people instead of reading it thirdhand and the accounts of other parties. you know, when we have this first of broadcast with the lindbergh trial which was by radio. it was the first time most americans had heard of a trial. but this plays an important civic role. it is playing out as we see it on the streets of the city. those people who are peacefully protesting feel that justice has been done. but that the court allow the public into the court room so they can witness it being done. >> bret: and andy, final word here. your thoughts. this is one case. there is a lot of talk about moving forward in different cases. obviously you have a daunte wright at brooklyn center that will eventually go to a court. you also have a lot of talk
about changes in not only national but individual states, how policing works. it is tough to say one case can change it, but do you think this is an inflection point? >> well, it can be a very good or very bad inflection point. what i would underscore speed 14, the strongest evidence in the case against chauvin and the strongest evidence that he had with difference of human life with the jury to find him guilty on the different accounts is the fact he flouted standard police procedures. he didn't roll george floyd over to his side to make it easy for him to breathe. he didn't begin chest compressions when floyd lost his pulse. he didn't do things the police are trained to do. that turned out to be very compelling evidence, i think, for the jury. so you would hope that what people will take away from that is the thing that really went wrong here is that chauvin
didn't honor the kind of policing we expect in the united states, not that the policing in the united states is suffering from some epic epidemic wrong. >> bret: rate. gentlemen, andy, jonathan, thank you very much for your time. let's bring in adam roosevelt a u.s. combat veteran, ceo worldwide cyber intelligence firm, ar international consulting. i want to ask you your thoughts about this verdict and your reaction to it today. >> well, first off, thank you for having me on bret. i've been covering the story from new york and new jersey. i've always been a law-abiding citizen so i will have to trust the process in place here. the judicial branch, government has been very, i would say, active in this case and making sure the jury is effectively equipped with all the information that they have. the verdict is we have a ruling
today, bret, but we are still in the third quarter. the appeal process will go through. before we celebrate, let's see it all the way to the end before we see celebration, if you will. >> bret: yeah. what about the broader point about police reform and where that stands? we will hear from president biden and vice president harris today. we don't have a specific time yet but they are setting up for that and also the minnesota governor talking about that, governor walz. your thoughts on where that goes in the positives and negatives about going down that road and obviously senator tim scott from south carolina led a charge that was blocked by democrats in the senate. what do you think about that? >> i think if we continue to follow the political campaigns going on around the country, there was a movement that effectively advocate for defunding the police. so that would be the first starting ground, i would say. but if they are going to talk
about police reform, they will talk about ways that law-enforcement can use tools in their arsenal that will not be as lethal and effectively work closer to the community when they go to respond to an incident. so i think they will look at a variety of different tools, but i just hope the reform efforts are not going to focus on defunding the police. >> bret: accountability is being talked about a lot, justice being done. this is one case has we just mentioned with jonathan and andy. there will be more to come. is there a sense of relief in the country? >> i will say the common american, i believe my fms community would probably agree today. and i would say you have the military person who has done these type of events. there is going to be some hesitation with law enforcement going forward because we don't
know if the verdict would have went in a different direction how the crowd would be reacting and would there be riots. so this will have a cascading impact on law enforcement behavior. so you have a catch-22 here, bret. you have toasted and the need for police to be able to carry out their duty when enforcing the law. >> bret: adam roosevelt, thank you so much for your time. i appreciate it. all this happening in nationwide discussion as we were talking about concerning police report. chief correspondent mike emanuel takes a look for that tonight, good evening, mike. >> good evening to you. capitol hill, since the death of george floyd, tim scott the republican senator out of south carolina essentially with that would make common sense measures in terms of police reform and in terms of improving training, improving recruitment and that sort of thing, more body cam video, banning choke hold spirits got was very
frustrated because democrats filibustered the effort in the united states senate and so perhaps some suggest not wanting to give president trump a win before the election were not wanting to give senate republicans a win. more recently house democrats passed a measure on party line votes in the house of representatives. george floyd justice and policing act. it would take away limited liability protection for police officers, which is something republicans have been reluctant to embrace. that bill was passed party line vote with representatives but appears to head for an uphill climb in the united states senate. senate republican leader, open to reform but they want their ideas included in the bill insofar, that is the trickrick e the difficulty in terms of getting the two parties to sit down and talk to one another. so far things have been done on party line spirit we will see of policem may be different in the months ahead, brett don't
like bret. snow and might, we will hear from president biden and vice president harris on this point in just a bit. thanks a lot. take a listen to this. >> thank you, george floyd. for sacrificing your life for justice. because of you and because of thousands, millions of people around the world who came out for justice. your name will always be synonymous with justice. so unless we can change the law, this will be an episode. we change the law and we go down a different path altogether. >> bret: speaker nancy pelosi today reacting to the verdict. let's bring in the panel, chief political correspondent of the herald examiner, the congressman and seal up impairment inclusion capital. trey gowdy from south carolina. let me start with you, your thoughts on today and what it means big picture. >> thank you for having me on.
the verdict confirms what we all saw, the murder of a man on the side of a road. i want to think darnell come with a young lady who found -- w this as the commentary this evening on your show. this isn't about policing or anything other than the person who behaved criminally. he happened to be a policeman but across the board by and large, the majority is good. and this just happened to be a police officer. i listen to some of the comments and i was so moved by what the prosecution reminded us that all lives matter. and there will be some
celebrating this evening. and i listen to trey gowdy. but i think we should view this as a victory for our judicial system and for those of us that witnessed that video. [indistinct] we should all be up tomorrow morning, hug our kids, going to where we need to be. and that is the soul of the country. we celebrate in so many ways. [indistinct] >> bret: trey gowdy, you are mentioned there. we are awaiting remarks from president biden and vice president harris as well at the white house. but first of all, what do you think he will say, he had some statements earlier today ahead of the jury's verdict that raise some eyebrows, but now he has called the family and he's obviously going to kind of rap this day up in the way he does.
>> you know bret these instants with these facts the justice system prevailed. in a country where increasingly other institutions are leading us down including the when i used to be in in congress and the one i'm in now, the media, they are letting us down. the justice system prevailed. and 12 ordinary americans, different races, different backgrounds, different life experiences came together beyond a reasonable doubt, bret. that is a point that can't be made enough. how difficult it is to get convictions and some of your other guests were talking about the chance of successful appeal. if you win the verdict at trial, you have to withstand the appeal. it is hard to convince anyone in this culture of anything that it's a celebration of the justice system. i hope he focuses on that. >> bret: yeah, byron, your thoughts.
>> will, this was a very, very predictable result, given what we have seen over the last few weeks. the beginning of the trial, this case became famous because of a bystander video here at the beginning of the trial, the prosecutors played the long entire body cam videos of all of the officers who showed up and watch them all. and if you watch them all, you had this impression, even if you believe as i did that they were acted properly to subdue george floyd initially, there came a time after completely subdued and officer chauvin did not let up. and george floyd was losing consciousness and officer shope and joe stayed there. the jury so that. and it was absolutely impossible to refute. but the case was unpredictable because there was an air of menace outside of the courtroom and not just in minneapolis but
elsewhere, the national guard has been activated by those great fear of civil unrest if the "wrong verdict" happened and if chauvin equated on all of the charges, which did not happen. but there was great fear of a lot of civil unrest. maybe they are still some fear about it although if you listen earlier on the program to keith ellison and al sharpton and others who are expressing a lot of satisfaction with the verdict, hopefully, there will be none of that unrest. >> bret: i reference president biden waiting in earlier today. there was some reaction to that. let's take a listen to that before he speaks this evening. >> to make that same effort, thank you. [applause] >> bret: this is the live press conference back in minneapolis. we can pull up that biden sound
bite from earlier today. president biden waiting in. they are tapping up his news conference in minneapolis. >> i'm praying the verdict is the right verdict. it is overwhelming. i wouldn't say that unless the jury is sequestered now. >> one of the hallmarks of the system is people are entitled to a fair trial. sometimes a fair trial is difficult to conduct under these kinds of circumstances, but it is certainly not helpful for a member of congress and even the president of the united states to appear to be waiting in. >> bret: herald your thoughts on that and it seems after the verdict that falls by the wayside this century of maxine waters failed along party lines. it was tabled in the house but your thoughts on that and the comments. >> bret, not going to lie, this
trial, is in fact has moved people. and people come american citizens have a right to express themselves. i probably would not have said some of the things, i probably would not say some of the things on both sides of the aisle. but i think in fact, most influenced [indistinct] and i think senator mcconnell said it well in his own way. i mean president biden as well. in his own way. in the verdict has been rendered. the jury did its duty. and it will be americans and the majority [indistinct] with this trial.
the jury made the right decision. >> bret: you are breaking up a little bit there. trey, does this affect other trials going forward? does this moment and i asked this earlier to jonathan and andy but does this provide an inflection point or is it trial by trial? >> yeah, bret, the last three presidents have prejudge the outcome, present obama, president trump and president biden has done it. and i don't like it when any of the three did it but i may be wrong but i at least tried to be fair and consistent in my assessment of it. the top law enforcement officials in our country, which is what the president is, it's not asking too much to say, you know what, the juries deliberating and just let them finish their job. having said that, i thought
biden's comments were pretty benign compared to what crazy maxine said. but i wish the president would not weigh in before the jury returns its verdict. all three of the last ones we have had have done so. >> bret: panel, stand by if you would appear let's go back to chad pergram gathering reaction from capitol hill. chad come a lot of lawmakers weighing in on the verdict in itself, thoughts? >> just a comment i read in the last couple of minutes from raphael warnock, the democratic senator from georgia. he says "my heart goes out to the boyd family. this was the right decision. it won't bring george floyd to back but the jury did its job and hopefully, congress can pass criminal justice reform." tina smith from -- convicting chauvin and hearing from the chair of the black caucus, a
democrat from columbus, ohio, says "we are hopeful that today will be a catalyst to turn pain and justice into actions that go far beyond and stand behind family who have suffered so much." and of course the speaker of the house nancy pelosi here who said "thank george floyd for sacrificing your life. your name will be synonymous with justice." that is the election rolling in on capitol hill, bret. >> bret: chat as we look live in minneapolis, couple of speakers earlier mentioned this perspective bill and we may hear from president biden and vice president uris about that. the george floyd bill. where does that stand in the prospects of that pushing through? >> you know, that is something they talked a lot about. you might remember about ten months ago in june of last year, there was an effort to move a piece of legislation in his name through congress. there was criticism in the senate here they moved it through the house. there were other things in the
senate that democrats didn't like. the republicans argued that the republicans filibustered it and couldn't have passed but the republican bill and the past co. there is pressure on now on the shoulders of congressional democrats because they control the house, the senate, in the white house. the base the same problem especially when it gets in the political realm because i have to be able to overcome the filibuster. they have to get 60 votes. they do have control of the senate but guess what, you have to have 51 votes they are just to pass the bill. not everybody sees things together. they are down for the moment to two votes in the house of representatives so the turning rate -- is pretty tight. but you might see republicans at some point say can we work together on some of this may be seeing the outcome of those verdicts? we haven't heard a lot from republicans this afternoon responding to this verdict and the very first person who did respond on camera was tommy, the republican senator from alabama.
this shows the criminal justice system works. he said they had a jury and they felt the jury was good. and if that is what they thought, that is the verdict. the political pressure on democrats is if they are not able to move that, now, sure, they can weaponize this and boomerang on the republicans, oh, they stood in the way. we have to get rid of the filibuster because they need obviously ten republican votes to move that. is there a middle ground? if they try to make that bill too liberal, that is a problem. they have to do something to acquit those republicans. >> bret: we mentioned earlier, senator, tim scott was leading the charge and was stopped by democrats. so a little tougher to make that case. chad, thank you. we will head back to the family speaking in minneapolis live at that event. let's listen in. >> i'm grammar and for reverend sharpton. thank you. he's been fighting a long time, a long time.
man, reverend jesse jackson. a lot of history here. history is here. this is monumental. [applause] reverend jesse jackson, al sharpton, they will live to see this. their fight was not in vain. it just didn't happen when they did it, but it happened now. and they had to see it and be proud of it. and we go back when he did the press service. my family is a family that will not back down from prayer. and i believe because of prayer, we got the verdict we wanted.
we got on our knees. some of us stood up, but we asked the right person. we asked the right one. he said, god, we need justice. we need it now. and he answered. i'm just grateful. i'm grateful that my grandmother, my mother, my aunt got to see this history made. i'm even grateful that my brother's not here but i'm grateful and i'm proud of him. i will salute him at every day of my life, i will salute him. he showed me how to be strong. he showed me how to be respectful. he showed me how to speak my
mind. i'm going to miss him. but now i know he's in history. what a day to be a floyd, man. [applause] thank you. thank you. >> thank you, terrence. now we will hear from george's baby brother, rodney floyd. [applause] >> rodney: i will say this first. i would like to thank all of the advocates, activists. i would like to thank the people who stayed in the streets marching night and day, people for 83 days. they made me grow but thank you for everybody that stayed out there and making a statement with us. encouraging us on the dark days, dark nights. we have them. we got some flooding in from
social media sites but thank everyone, each and every one. people at grocery stores who walked in. we held from elders and i believe in respecting elders. i give you all the respect, men and women. i hear them walk up in the grocery store, stop me, mask, hat, i recognize the side of your face. let me talk to you. i know who you were. and we would have a great conversation telling me what they experienced as a child. what they saw and what needs to change. we are here for you. this is everywhere i go, my brother cope, we all go. thank you for the love in the streets. i'm thanking everyone because we could not do this and this is a victory for all of us. this is everyone who has been held down, pinned down, and you know what, people, will be stand together in unity. this right here, i would like to thank our team, our attorney, ben crump, the witnesses, donna williams come i would like to thank the jury.
everybody, thank god, all day god almighty, thank you. and you know what, people, we are not done yet. my brother george is smiling with his beautiful daughter who is here, you are so beautiful. you have my heart, baby. thank you for keeping us strong. i know how hard it is. i know how hard it is. i would like to thank everyone, thank the jurors from having the hearts and minds that we all seen the video. and this video is an open and shut case. everybody knows the video and the jury had the same mind-set, guilty as charged. i would like to thank everybody, the press and all. george, this fight is not over. we will stand here together. we will try to get the george floyd act passed. it has to be passed, people. we will keep pressure on the senate, everybody.
thank you all for coming. george, i know he loves you all. thank you all. [applause] >> next, we will have a man, hear me, george, used to text each other all the time. congresswoman sheila jackson always talking about houston, texas, back there, we will hear from brandon williams who was like a son to george. [applause] >> brandon: it is an emotional day for me. i don't really have the words. i'm overwhelmed but i do want to start by saying thank you. first of all, thank you to all of you guys.
everyone protesting in the pandemic and putting their safety on the line, we appreciate that. especially to the legal team, ben crump, tony, dustin, chris, and definitely thinking keith ellison and his team. [applause] i think they did an amazing job from start to finish. all of the evidence, everything proved exactly what we saw in the video. but yet, we still question the decision of the jury. and this system fails us as black men and women in america. but all evidence pointing to a guilty verdict. some don't get the guilty verdict. in some cases, we don't even get
charges. so today is a pivotal moment. for america. and it is something this country has needed for a long time now. and hopefully, today it's a start. when i say a pivotal moment, we need change in this broken system. it was built to oppress us and it was built against us. and at times we see people that are supposed to come is supposed to protect and serve us. supposed to protect and serve us. they do the total opposite. on the first day of trial, al sharpton, we had a press conference. for 46 seconds. and when i got up and it was my turn to speak, i said every time
i come out here, it is hard. for this exact place where they took somebody from me that i love. and i absolutely dislike coming here. but i also said, this time, it was easy. we came for one thing and one thing only peer that was just us george floyd. and today, that is what we got. [applause] so this time, it wasn't hard at all. it wasn't hard at all. i'm big on faith and prayer. i had a lot of faith. but i was also optimistic. we need police reform bad. these guys are able to wear a badge and go out in the field, which means that they are qualified and trained to do
their job at a high level. but when you shouldn't kill a man that is running away from you that doesn't pose a threat, you are not qualified and not trained. it is a choice and you want to kill black men and women. it is either one or the other. and i think today, keith ellison and his team proved that just because you are the law, you are not above the law. we need each and every officer to be held accountable. and until then, it is still scared to be a black man and a woman when an encounter with the police. when i say it is a pivotal moment, it is a chance for america to take a turn in the right direction. and right along of wrong so we don't keep adding to the names and little girls and boys are not growing up fatherless spirits with the families don't
feel the pain we feel. there is a lot of sleepless nights. no family should go through that. and hopefully, our country will take a turn in the right direction today. in this day in history proves that it was a turning point. thank you. [applause] >> we will hear from a few more family members and then we will try to get to your questions. i would be remiss because brandon said i have to acknowledge his man, cliff, who works for us. and he talked about kenny walker. chris, as we talk about all the brothers, we can never forget they are killing black women as well. and so we have to remember breonna taylor. we have to remember jefferson. we have to remember sandra bland. and we know tamika mallory,
may 13th, pam turner. in a couple of weeks in march for black women in baytown, texas. because if you were outraged when you saw the video of george floyd killed by the police, then you should be equally outraged when you see the video of how they kill pam turner, unarmed black woman laying down on her back that he shot in the face, in the chest, and into the stomach. justice for george floyd, that is what we are fighting for pam turner. with that, people who come from that terrorist county texas area because of george floyd george floyd, sherita mcgee and tim are brown. >> bret: george floyd family, we heard from a few of his brothers as well as his nephew as you see reverend al sharpton, ben crump the attorney there. the family reacting to the guilty on all counts against derek chauvin for the minneapolis police officer that
conviction coming down by the jury today. earlier today right after that verdict came came down from the jury president biden cold ben cp and put it on the cell phone in front of reporters. we have a piece of that right now. >> nothing is going to make it all better but at least there is some justice. and you know, i think my dad is going to change the world but it has to change now. >> bret: change the world, start to change it now. one of the brothers of george floyd, emmett till was the first george floyd up at this time there were cameras that played this movie for the entire world. we are going to hear from president biden and >> vice president harris: terrorists at the white house. let's check in with kristin fisher at the north lawn. we understand and haven't been given specific time but after this press conference wraps up, that is when they will go?
>> the tv pool is inside of the white house and as soon as the george floyd family, president biden and vice president harris will begin speaking. we got a preview of what we will likely expect to hear them say. with that phone call, the floyd family attorney posted to twitter. you heard president biden say nothing will make it better, but at least now there is some justice. it didn't even take that phone call to know what president biden was truly thinking because he said what he thought the verdict should be hours before the jury had even announced that a verdict had indeed been reached. inside the oval office, hours before this decision came down, president biden and "i prayed the verdict is the right verdict which is overwhelming, in my view." he went on to say i would not say that unless the jury was
sequestered now. president biden took quite a bit of heat from that and so did the white house press secretary from the briefing room a little bit later forsaking white in the world would president biden weighing in on ongoing criminal trial in which the jury still have not reached a decision? the white house press secretary pushed back and said she would not characterize as that but it was quite stunning giving the effect jen psaki just one day earlier said that president biden did not want to get ahead of the decision. now the decision has been reached. he said, bret, we are waiting for president biden and kamala harris the vice president to speak inside the white house. one of the other things almost certainly 2.2 is what they are trying to get through congress right now. and it is the george floyd policing act. obviously, they want to pay honor to george floyd's memory and legacy by putting his name attached to this bill and one of the many things that this bill
will do is it would ban choke holds it would ban off no-knock warrants and nationwide standards for the policing. so it has passed the house but stalled in the senate. that is something president biden and the vice president will point to when they say as you just heard what they told george floyd's family. we are trying to fight for some change. that is the change that they are likely going to be pointing to when the president speaks at any moment now, bret. >> bret: okay kristin fisher live on the north lawn. we will bring vice president biden's speech and we watched the issue on the ground in minneapolis. the panel, byron york, trey gowdy, and we listen to ben crump, al sharpton and the family members and the pain they have been through. obviously the video told a story in and of itself. on the flip side, you have the police officers and union police officers talk about the tough job they have to do every single
day. in each case, yes, you talked about it, they were bad apples in certain departments. it can be difficult. >> yeah, bret, being a police officer is hard even when you do go home alone. and one of the reasons i have so much respect for tim scott, he can sponsor police reform bill but also the first person in my state to call the widows of slain police officers killed in the line of duty. and i hope that the gaggle of media at the white house will ask kamala harris why she killed police reform last summer, bret. keep in mind, tim scott met with her he didn't meet with joe biden he met with kamala harris. what problems do you have with my bill? i will give you an amendment for every problem you have. she got up and would not negotiate because the issue was more important to her than the solution. so i hope the media will hold her to account or at least ask
her why we don't currently have police reform legislation. >> bret: harold? >> i think he is right. now is the time to try to find common ground but we shouldn't lose sight at the moment, tonight justice was served. this is not about policing in my mind. what derek chauvin did was criminal, he killed a man. and the overwhelming majority of police officers engaging in policing everyday and put their lives on the line every day to defend and protect us. derek chauvin decided to take someone's life. having said that, the spirit of what trey gowdy said to them i hope we hear from the president and the vice president tonight to reflect not only our grief and are confident and we have in the judicial system for affirmation of the political system that can work as well. now is the time to find common ground on these issues. >> bret: byron, the hope for common ground on these issues.
speak with a hope. it will be interesting to see the debate over these police measures that would take place about this proposed bill. during the trial, there were a number of police officers and experts who said that the way that derek chauvin treated george floyd was already illegal. and of course, we now have the jury's verdict did. he was convicted of murder for employing those techniques. so i will be interested to see what republicans say about that. the other thing is it will be interesting to see the mood in the various cities around the country. we have just been listening to the expressions from civil rights leaders, from george floyd's family, the express of thankfulness, relief and happiness at this verdict. the question is will that mood stayed through the night were my to change later on? >> bret: last word, al sharpton front and center of a
lot of these events and represented numerous families. he had some eloquent words tonight but has a history as well. >> trey: i think george floyd family had good facts even if they didn't have good activists. there are 200 people that i could recommend to you that have more credibility than al sharpton, but the facts remain. their family member was murdered and a jury of americans rendered that verdict. al sharpton, you know, i think they can do better. >> bret: went all right, panel, thank you very much. a big night for america. obviously, a big night as you look live in it minneapolis, the marching down the streets. but so far, fairly peaceful. hopefully, it continues that way. again you will hear from vice president paris and president biden at the
white house. we expect within the next hour or so. thank you for inviting us in your home tonight. that is it for "special report." fair, balanced and still unafraid. "fox news primetime" posted by ben domenech this week starts right now with continuing coverage right here on fox news. >> ben: good evening and welcome to "fox news primetime" and i'm ben domenech. we begin with fox news alert former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin found guilty on all three accounts in the death of george floyd. after the verdict was delivered, chauvin in custody and held without bail. he will be sentenced in eight weeks. the crowd outside of the courthouse erupted as the news handed down but despite the guilty verdict in the minnesota attorney general said do not call it justice. speak with a long hard painstaking was cold today. i would not call today's v