George Floyd, a violent criminal who had robbed a pregnant woman at gunpoint, and a drug addict, is dead. That much is clear.
What is also clear is that George Floyd’s death was exploited to incite the massive BLM race riots that killed and wounded many people, destroyed lives, wrecked communities, tore apart a nation, and helped the Democrats take power.
The show trial now comes down to a very simple question, a few really, but one of the basic ones is what actually killed George Floyd.
Defense attorney Eric Nelson told the jury the autopsy found “a mixture of methamphetamine and fentanyl.”
“This is what’s called a Speedball – a mixture of an opioid and a stimulant,” Nelson said. “The evidence will show that Mr. Floyd died of a cardiac arrhythmia that occurred a result of hypertension, his coronary disease, ingestion of methamphetamine and fentanyl, and the adrenaline flowing through his body.”
The prosecution presented a starkly different picture.
“You will learn he (Floyd) did not die from a drug overdose,” said state attorney Jerry Blackwell, previewing the prosecution’s case.
“He did not die from an opioid overdose. Why? Because you will look at the video and see he looks absolutely nothing like someone who would die from an opioid overdose,” Blackwell said.
That’s a hell of a counterargument. It’s not a forensic argument. It’s a “go look at the video” argument. What that really means is that the prosecution has essentially abandoned the prospect of building a solid, forensic case, and is going to go on riding the video which helped sell the race riots.
But you’re not going to prove guilt by using a video when there is a sufficient alternative cause of death here.
Handwritten notes taken when the Medical Examiner briefed prosecutors on his findings suggest it was very high – but not necessarily fatal.
“If he were found dead at home alone and no other apparent causes, this could be acceptable to call an O.D. [Over Dose],” the notes say.
“Deaths have been certified with levels of 3,” the notes indicate. “But I am not saying this killed him.”
In short, there’s no clear answer, which means that there isn’t a basis for a conviction. The prosecution can’t disprove the strong possibility that George Floyd died of a drug overdose. All it can do is keep showing videos to the jury. This reminds me of the Freddie Gray case which similarly fell apart.
The George Floyd case has higher stakes, and so the question is whether the jury will do its job. Much of the country was dragged along by the political hysteria of the videos. But juries have in the past done their jobs in BLM cases. The question is will this jury uphold that tradition.