The White House’s national security adviser on Sunday said it’s an “outrage” that the three Minneapolis police officers who participated in detaining George Floyd in the moments before his death haven’t been charged along with Derek Chauvin.
“It’s an absolute outrage. And I want to know where the investigation is going with those officers. What were they thinking? I mean just as human beings, putting aside being first-responders and police officers,” Robert O’Brien said on ABC News’ “This Week.”
“I can’t imagine that they won’t be charged. I don’t want to prejudge anything, but what we saw was horrific and to have stood by and allowed that to happen … and that just shows a lack of humanity,” he continued.
Chauvin, who was shown in video images pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes last Monday, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter by county prosecutors in Minnesota on Friday.
Like Chauvin, the three officers who assisted in Floyd’s arrest have been fired.
But the trio — Tou Thau, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — have not been charged in the death of Floyd, who was unarmed and in handcuffs during the encounter, pleading: “I can’t breathe.”
O’Brien questioned how Chauvin, who has had 15 conduct complaints filed against him during his 19 years with the department, two that resulted in reprimands, was even on the police force.
“I mean why that guy was still in the police force — I’m told he had a long record of bad conduct,” he said.
O’Brien said cops like Chauvin should be “rooted out.”
“And there are a few bad apples out there that are — whether they’re racist or they’re ill-trained or they’re just vicious, they’ve got to be rooted out of law enforcement because 99.9 percent of our law enforcement officers are heroes and they’re doing great work protecting the American people,” he said.
However, he said he doesn’t believe there is “systemic racism” in law enforcement.
“I don’t think there is systemic racism. I think 99.9 percent of our law enforcement officers are great Americans,” O’Brien said in a separate interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
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