Nearly half of Republicans say the verdict for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was wrongly decided.
A CBS News poll released on Sunday found that three-quarters of the respondents affirmed the verdict, which found Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
Forty-six percent of Republicans polled, however, view the verdict as wrong. Only 10% of Democrats and 25% of independents disagreed with the verdict.
Of the 2,527 residents of the United States who were asked about the verdict, 25% agreed that the verdict was wrong. A breakdown of the poll showed that the respondents who disagreed with the verdict included 30% who were white and 7% who were black.
Despite an anti-police climate that has arisen from this case and others similar to it, most respondents to the poll applauded the efforts of their local law enforcement officials.
More than 80% of white participants and 70% of black participants said their local police are doing “very good” or “somewhat good.”
“If you haven’t seen the tape recently, it remains as shocking as the day it was shot,” Carlson said in a Fox News op-ed. “It’s crushing [and] many decided as they watched it that Officer Chauvin must have committed an act of criminal brutality. So it’s really not surprising that the jury concluded the same thing.”
The Fox News host said the jury may have rushed the judicial process to convict Chauvin out of fear of retaliation or further riots.
“The George Floyd video went around the world. It became the centerpiece of a new political movement. Political actors harnessed the emotion over that video and Floyd’s death to control the country and change it forever. And then, and this is the key, in the last month, some of these same people went further than that,” he wrote.
Carlson described the outcome of the case as “mob rule,” something he said should not be allowed in “civilized countries.”
“They worked to change the outcome of Derek Chauvin’s trial,” he wrote. “That’s the one thing we can never allow, no matter how we feel about a specific case. Civilized countries have impartial justice systems. That’s their hallmark.”
Author: Lawrence Richard
Source: Washington Examiner: Poll: 46% of Republicans say Derek Chauvin verdict was wrongly decided