Piers Morgan furious after lawyer storms out of interview as he’s grilled for defending George Floyd police officer – The Sun

PIERS Morgan was left furious after a lawyer defending one of the police officers accused of aiding in George Floyd's murder stormed out of the interview.

The Good Morning Britain presenter grilled lawyer Earl Gray, who is defending Minnesota police officer Thomas Lane after he was charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.



However, the interview turned fiery and ended with the lawyer slamming his laptop down as he accused Piers of "talking bad" about his client.

This came as Piers said Thomas Lane should have intervened to stop Derek Chauvin from kneeling on George Floyd's neck.

Earl said to Piers: "Let me ask you another question. Why didn't any of the other people standing there intervene, if you are saying anybody should intervene?"

Piers then asked: "Your client, who's job is to protect people, why didn't your client protect George Floyd?"


He refused to answer, saying: "You know, it's really too bad you're so opinionated. Because you're wrong."

Piers then said he has "an opinion about a black man being killed at the hands of your client".

Earl denied there being a race issue, saying: "Oh really, now you bring the race issue into it. There's no race issue here. Two of the four officers – one is black, the other is Asian. Answer that one."

Piers said back: "I don't need to answer anything."

Earl set up his departure, adding: "I don't have to answer anything to you either because you obviously don't know what you're talking about. You know what I'm going to do? I'm going to go to bed."

Piers said in a scathing remark: "You do realise your whole performance here merely tells the world how disgusting, actually, even the people representing the police officers are."

Earl replied: "Well, thank you for the compliment. If you think I'm going to sit here and listen to you talk bad about my client, I'm not listening to that. If you had told me that an hour ago when I did agree to stay up, I would have not agreed to it."

Piers tried to get the interview back on track: "Your client pulled a gun on George Floyd 90 seconds after he just met him."

But Earl had enough, adding: "Because he did not show his hands. Once he put his hands on the steering wheel, he put the gun in his holster. Why did he do that? Because his hands were shown. They were on the steering wheel. There. Goodnight. Happy Birthday."

The interview comes as thousands of Americans took to the streets of their respective states to decry the killing of the 46-year-old dad during his brutal arrest in Minneapolis on May 25.

They were detaining Floyd on suspicion of forgery and Derek pinned to the floor next to the rear wheel of a squad car with his knee.

Mr Floyd is repeatedly heard saying he cannot not breathe, shouting "please, please" and "mama, mama".

He then goes silent and appears to go limp as Chauvin continues to press his knee onto his neck.

All four officers have been charged over his death with Derek Chauvin – who knelt on him for eight minutes – being charged with second-degree murder.

Minnesota’s Attorney General escalated the charge against Derek Chauvin on Wednesday, and announced the charges of aiding and abetting murder for the three other officers.

If convicted, the three officers face the same maximum sentence as Chauvin – up to 50 years in prison.

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