Transcript for Justice rushed or justice served?
Joining us now is attorney Lee Merritt, co-counsel for George Floyd's family. Mr. Merritt, thank you so much for joining us on what is a difficult and painful morning in this country. I want to start with officer Derek chauvin who has been arrested, charged with third degree murder and manslaughter. The other officers have not been I know Floyd's family was initially calling for first degree murder. Are they satisfied with this first step? We see it as a move in the right direction, but, no, we're not satisfied with this first we believe that the charges should be more severe and that there should be additional arrests. Those could have already been made by now. Now, we know that the initial preliminary autopsy also came out. It did not show that there was strangulation or asphyxiation as the direct cause of death. But instead the officers, the way they restrained him combined with some of Floyd's health conditions and other factors. What do you think about that preliminary result? And I understand that you're actually calling for a separate independent autopsy. Concerning the preliminary result, we unfortunately have learned that we cannot rely on state-sponsored autopsies and so we are looking for our own private autopsy. But it is important to note, of course, that that restraint, unlawful, illegal restraint applied to Mr. Floyd was found as a contributing factor to his death. We believe but for that unlawful restraint he would still be alive today. Eight minutes and 46 seconds with his knee on Floyd's throat. Also, you just heard our report about president trump's tweet saying when the looting starts, the shooting starts. He explained that he didn't know the origin of that phrase and didn't mean to incite violence. He also says he spoke with Floyd's family to express remorse. What can you tell us that conversation that he had with Floyd's family and what's their response to the president's comments? Well, that statement was brought up, if not directly by the family, then on the way to the call. We know that we had representatives speak to the president about that comment. We found it both to be dangerous, irresponsible and disrespectful to the peaceful memory of Floyd. There are people who are hurting. There are people who want to express their outrage in a very controlled way. We haven't seen protesters, we believe, burning, looting anything. We have seen violence from law enforcement that instigated these protests and we've seen interlopers come in with their own agenda. But for the president to use that statement broadly we found to be very, very dangerous. Of course, the fires and those clashes, it doesn't represent all of the protesters but we have seen some vandalism. We have seen some violence, buildings set on fire. What is the message from Floyd's family to those who are out there on the streets who are demonstrating? We would like the same level of outrage about the burning, the looting, the fires for the continued brutality of protesters. We've seen law enforcement officers target protesters for random acts of violence. I personally have been with the protesters in Minnesota and we've seen law enforcement drive by and spray mace out of the window that people who are simply standing around. So we're asking for the law enforcement community to stop agitating protesters, folks and of course asking for interlopers, arsonist, people
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