Diary

Bodycam appears to show Floyd with fentanyl in mouth during stop; attorneys file more evidence he overdosed

Screenshot via Fox 9

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I say “appears” because technically it’s possible it was something else, like a piece of gum, but we know from the autopsy that he had a potentially-fatal level in his blood stream and you can see him high out of his mind in every video, especially closer up. Some mainstream conservative sites have reported on this bodycam footage but only a select few show up in searches and it’s been buried in the middle-to-bottom of their articles, when it should be in the headlines like this. A lawyer for one of the officers, who last month filed to dismiss the charges, referred to this footage in Monday’s filing as evidence Floyd overdosed,

pointing to the disappearance of a white spot on Floyd’s tongue in the body camera video. He argues it looks like “2 milligrams of fentanyl, a lethal dose.”

“All he had to do is sit in the police car, like every other defendant who is initially arrested. While attempting to avoid his arrest, all by himself, Mr. Floyd overdosed on Fentanyl,” the court documents read. “Given his intoxication level, breathing would have been difficult at best. Mr. Floyd’s intentional failure to obey commands, coupled with his overdosing, contributed to his own death.”

To be clear, neither of us are saying it’s ok for police to kill drug users on the streets; he’s saying the police didn’t kill Floyd (supporting this, the autopsy also showed “no life-threatening injuries found” and specified “no  injuries of anterior muscles of neck”). Floyd hid the fentanyl in his mouth and probably swallowed it, and that killed him.

The officers’ attorneys yesterday filed six pieces of evidence, among them one Hennepin County Attorney’s Office memo saying that the Chief Medical Examiner concluded: “The autopsy revealed no physical evidence suggesting that Mr. Floyd died of asphyxiation”; a second memo had him saying Floyd’s fentanyl level was at a potentially “fatal level”; a third summarizes the findings of the “independent” investigators hired by the Floyd family, and acknowledges their findings “could be incomplete because they were awaiting microscopic slides, pictures and other evidence from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s report.”

A 2017 New Hampshire study, which someone has attempted to scrub, found an average fatal dose of fentanyl to be 9.96 ng/mL. (You can still find passages from it in the summary with the right search terms.) The Hannepin County autopsy had Floyd with 11 ng/mL of fentanyl, 5.6 ng/mL Norfentanyl, and 19 ng/mL methamphetamine in his blood, with 86 ng/mL morphine in his urine, severe arteriosclerotic heart disease, hypertension, history of hypertension, and coronavirus; additionally, he told officers he’d been doing drugs “earlier.” (I don’t recommend looking this up, and wish I hadn’t) Unlike the blood tests, the urinalysis showing morphine does not show whether he was impaired on the scene, but that he’d used within the previous 48-72 hours.

Floyd was driving in this state and trying to spend a counterfeit $20 bill before Officer Chauvin, coincidentally his former coworker, questioned him. Prior to this he’d been charged with a number of crimes over the years under different aliases, among them six felonies which include putting a gun to a pregnant woman’s stomach during a home robbery: this is the hero of the Left.

Above all, Antifa and their news media affiliates appear to find him useful as a conduit for anti-American and anti-Trump sentiment:

David Ake, AP’s director of photography, said Cortez’ photo was powerful on many levels.

“The upside-down flag is the universal signal of distress and is framed perfectly and backlit by the flames in the background adding to the urgency of the distress,” he said …

“It could be any person of any age, race, or gender,” Ake said. “It could be you or me.”

That’s one way of looking at it, but America won’t destroy herself by building a wall or pulling out of abusive trade deals, or under any of the press’ hysteric mischaracterizations of President Trump’s policies, nor will she wilt under an almost imaginary problem: in all of 2019, 10 unarmed blacks were shot and killed by police, 5 of whom were attacking. In that article, Tucker rightly contrasts those numbers with the 7,407 black Americans murdered in the US in 2018. The bigger problem of the two is not politically useful for the Left, so it’s swept under the rug–which might be the biggest problem of them all.

George Floyd’s supposed murder has been a ruse all along, and an excuse for powerful groups to mobilize their followers against Trump and try to swing the election. This is failing catastrophically, and it’s making his 2016 pronouncement that “our campaign represents a true existential threat” ring true. (full speech)

Contrary to the words of their director, the figure in the AP photo above appears triumphant: he celebrates America being overturned and set on fire, which I imagine came next for that flag. If he knows that an upside down flag can be a distress signal, then he must be celebrating our country’s distress: one of so many American leftists who hate their own country and call it evil. Could it be that this is the true threat to destroy America, once and for all?

 

 

UPDATE: while I was writing, this happened:

Slightly inaccurate tweet. Baker said he “would” have concluded it was an overdose death if it happened in his home (without the arrest footage).

 

 

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