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Trump Says He Struggled to Watch George Floyd Video: Who Could Watch That?

President Donald Trump stated that he struggled to watch the entire video of George Floyds arrest and death while in Minneapolis police custody.

“The George Floyd case, nothing has to be said. I watched that,” Trump told Fox News on Wednesday night. “I couldnt really watch it for that long a period of time, it was over eight minutes. Who could watch that?

Trump added that “it doesnt get any more obvious or it doesnt get any worse than that.”

The video clip showed Floyd, a black man, being pinned by his neck by an officer while other officers look on. Floyd is heard pleading for his life, saying he couldnt breathe.

The former officer charged in his death, Derek Chauvin, was charged with second-degree murder, while the other three officers were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. All four have been fired.

“I just left a big group of the top sheriffs and law enforcement people in the country, and nobody was sticking up for what he did,” Trump said on Fox News, referring to Chauvin.

The interview with Fox came about a day after the president signed an executive order that gives incentives for police departments to improve their training and creating a database for offenders.

George Floyd
George Floyd in a file photograph. (Christopher Harris via AP)

Trump also was asked about the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, who was killed outside an Atlanta Wendys after a confrontation with police in which he allegedly took an officers taser. Brooks death also prompted protests near the Wendys before it was burned to the ground.

“I thought it was a terrible situation, but you cant resist a police officer,” Trump said on Fox News of the incident, saying the interaction was “out of control.”

Brooks had been sleeping in his vehicle, which was allegedly parked in the middle of the Wendys drive-thru, when officers approached him.

“If you have a disagreement, you have to take it up after the fact,” Trump said.

On Wednesday, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced that Brookss cooperative demeanor before the arrest attempt played a role in the decision to charge Rolfe. He suggested that Brooks didnt appear to present a threat.

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This screen grab taken from body camera video provided by the Atlanta Police Department shows Rayshard Brooks speaking with Officer Garrett Rolfe in the parking lot of a Wendys restaurant, in Atlanta, Ga., late on June 12, 2020. (Atlanta Police Department via AP)

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