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George Clooney did not mince words when speaking with George Floyd's family about the ongoing Derek Chauvin trial, their attorney told the hosts of "The View" this week.
Attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents the family of George Floyd, told the hosts on Wednesday that Clooney sent him an email about the case following claims by Chauvin’s defense attorneys suggesting that drugs caused Floyd's death, rather than Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly 10 minutes.
“He says, ‘Attorney Crump, you should tell them that if Derek Chauvin feels so confident in that, he should volunteer during his case to get down on the floor in that courtroom and let somebody come and put their knee on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds and be able to see if he can survive,’” Crump recalled.
Crump has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment on Wednesday. Clooney has not yet confirmed that he sent this piece of advice.
Numerous experts, including members of Chauvin’s former department and a use-of-force expert, have testified during the trial in Minneapolis that Chauvin shouldn’t have held his knee on Floyd’s neck.
Floyd, a Black man, died in May in Minneapolis while lying on the ground, unarmed and handcuffed, as Chauvin, his white arresting officer, pressed his knee against his neck for over nine minutes — even after Floyd became unresponsive. Police had been responding to reports that Floyd had attempted to use a counterfeit $20 bill when he was detained.
“The experts will opine during this case that the average human being can go without oxygen from 30 seconds to 90 seconds — where George Floyd went without oxygen for over 429 seconds, and that’s why it was intentional what this officer did,” Crump said on “The View.” “And I believe in my heart that he will be held criminally liable and it will hopefully set new precedents in America.
Clooney’s purported email isn’t the first time the actor has shared his thoughts about Floyd's killing — an incident that has sparked one of the biggest racial justice movements in history.
In a HuffPost op-ed during the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer, he called racism “our pandemic.”
“It infects all of us, and in 400 years we’ve yet to find a vaccine,” Clooney wrote. “It seems we’ve stopped even looking for one and we just try to treat the wound on an individual basis.”
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