The death of George Floyd on May 25 has led to continuing riots through out the US. The ex-con from Houston has been martyred into sainthood because he was a black man allegedly killed by white cops. But the knee restraint used by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for seven minutes and 46 seconds did not kill Floyd
The media has sensationalized Chauvin keeping his knee on Floyd’s neck while the ex-con kept saying “I can’t breathe.” But various videos showed a non-compliant Floyd shouting seven times “I can’t breathe” while the cops were trying to place him in a police car and well before the officers finally put him on the ground. The video also show that several times Chauvin lifted his knee to reduce the pressure on Floyd’s neck.
Pinning Floyd to the ground for those seven minutes and 46 seconds really looked bad. But appearances can be deceiving. The officers were waiting for an ambulance they had called because Floyd had injured his head on the police car they had been trying to place him in.
The neck restraint used by Chauvin was consistent with the training all Minneapolis police officers got. In its training materials the Minneapolis police department even has a photo illustrating the knee restraint.
At no time did any of the four cops use any kind of excessive force against Floyd. Absent of any contact with the police, Floyd would likely have died on May 25 from the amount of fentanyl he had consumed.
Four days after Floyd’s death, Chauvin and the three other officers involved in the restraint were charged with murder. Two days later the chief medical examiner received the toxicology report which revealed that Floyd had 11 milligrams per liter of blood in his system. Medical experts consider 3 milligrams per liter of blood a fatal dose. Floyd had nearly four times that amount in his system.
The media and the prosecutors have all but ignored the toxicology report. The prosecutors do not want to admit that in their rush to judgement, a grave injustice is being done to Chauvin and his three fellow officers. Instead of reporting the real cause of Floyd’s death, the media preferred to sensationalize the killing of a black man by white cops and the riots that followed.
All but forgotten is that Floyd’s arrest resulted from a convenience store employee’s complaint that the ex-con tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill.
Chauvin and his three fellow cops did not kill Saint Floyd. The ex-con’s death was of his own doing.
Floyd’s funerals in Minneapolis, Raeford, North Carolina and Houston anointed an ex-con into sainthood. Never mind that Floyd served four years in a Texas prison after accepting a plea bargain for a 2007 aggravated robbery in a home invasion.
In Houston race-baiter Al Sharpton, Mayor Sylvester Turner and members of congress Al Green and Sheila Jackson Lee eulogized Floyd by blaming his death on systemic racism. Joe Biden piped in with a taped message, calling Floyd’s death the result of “racism that stings at our very soul” and saying “Now is the time for racial justice. That’s the answer we must give to our children when they ask ‘why?’ Because when there is justice for George Floyd we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America.”
Those rabble-rousing eulogizers would have us believe that the ex-con was a victim of racist cops. But nothing could be further from the truth. Floyd’s arrest and treatment at the hands of the police had absolutely nothing to do with the color of his skin.
Our country has been going through hell ever since Floyd’s death, Rioting continues throughout the country to this day. On Sunday protestors rioted in Portland and tore down statues of Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt And all the hell has broken out because an ex-con from Houston overdosed on fentanyl.