Evangelist Franklin Graham is saying that the $1 million bail amount reached for the policeman whose actions led to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May was not high enough.
“The entire world watched as then-officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on the neck of George Floyd, who he knew and had worked with at the same club, and he kept it there until Mr. Floyd took his last breath. George Floyd’s death should have never happened,” Graham said on his Facebook page Friday.
Floyd’s death, which was caught on tape and the footage of him saying “I can’t breathe” as he pleaded for his life before he died, sparked demonstrations around the country, some of which turned violent and resulted in dozens of officers being killed.
“Officer Chauvin has done more damage to law enforcement than any other person in our nation. For the life of me, I don’t understand why the progressive leadership of this city and state would allow him to walk. To me, bail should have been denied,” Graham continued.
“Of course I agree that Derek Chauvin needs a fair and just trial, but it needs to be a speedy trial with swift justice — for the good of everyone. The incident was captured on video by multiple witnesses, and he obviously shouldn’t be walking free. I don’t know who gave the money for that million dollar bail, but that would be interesting to know, wouldn’t it? We have seen that there are some who would like nothing better than to fuel the fires of unrest in our nation again at this critical time.”
Following Floyd’s death, a trend emerged in several cities as calls arose for the defunding of police departments around the nation, an idea the evangelist believes is ill-considered.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter