Chauvin’s defense attorney alleges George Floyd told police he ‘ate too many drugs’

During cross-examination of a prosecution use of force expert in the trial over the killing of George Floyd, the defense attorney for former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin suggested that Floyd told police “I ate too many drugs” before Chauvin restrained him, The Hill reported.

“I’d like you to see if you could tell me what Mr. Floyd says in this instance,” attorney Eric Nelson said, as he played a video clip pulled from body camera footage that showed what The Hill described as “Chauvin restraining Floyd during the May 2020 arrest that preceded his death.”

The witness, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Jody Stiger, said she couldn’t make out what Chauvin had said, but a later witness, senior special agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension James Reyerson, initially agreed Floyd’s words sounded like Nelson’s statement suggested.

After a recess, though, Reyerson reportedly changed his testimony and said he heard Floyd say, “I ain’t do no drugs.”

What caused Floyd’s death?

It is difficult to understand the sentence, which was obscured by other noises in the video.

The testimony came as prosecutors focused on Floyd’s drug use. Nearly three dozen witnesses have been called by the prosecution so far, according to USA Today.

Two forensic scientists testified Wednesday afternoon that partial pills containing methamphetamine and fentanyl were found in the back of George Floyd’s car and the police car where he was put before being restrained.

Can they prove it?

Defense attorneys have argued that Floyd had enough fentanyl in his system to die from an overdose and that the autopsy wasn’t conclusive enough about his cause of death to rule out overdose.

According to Minnesota’s Star Tribune, Chauvin is charged with unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. The difference between these charges is mainly intention: was Chauvin trying to kill Floyd, or was he just negligent in restraining him until he died?

If none of the charges are able to be proven, it is likely to upset a lot of people who saw the video of Chauvin restraining Floyd for what prosecutors say was more than nine minutes — including at least three minutes after Floyd apparently lost consciousness.

It may be that unrest follows if Chauvin is acquitted, or if people don’t think he was given a stiff enough punishment — but that shouldn’t stop anyone involved in the case from doing what they need to do for justice to prevail, whatever that may mean.

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    1. That is for sure, hope and pray it is true. From what I have read it’s going to be hell on earth if he is squirted. Let’s have truth, hope his family is there.

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  2. Justice needs to prevail without undue influence from either side. Furthermore, the findings need to be accepted even if a certain group deems otherwise.

    1. We should remember that in a court trial, especially a murder trial, it is an ADVERSARIAL process. Both sides will use ALL the influences, fair or not, they can muster. This might even lead to the prosecution withholding exculpatory evidence or the defense introducing misleading or false evidence.

      As to the NEED for a verdict to be accepted by all, since when has that been the normative result? Should a miscarriage of justice be accepted? Should a wrongful acquittal be accepted? In the American body civic, we’ve always striven to say that even if we don’t accept the findings of a court or commission, we should strive, strive mightily at times, to remain peaceful. That is an important consideration as you imply, but one I fear may not happen if the trial results in an acquittal, just or not.

  3. Hehe, doesn’t matter what is said he will be found guilty as the jurors don’t want their houses burned to the ground and the city doesn’t want their town burned again. Even if hes found guilty doesn’t mean the town won’t be burned again.

    1. now that a statement was made by the woman that buildings will burn she should be arrested and jailed that is a threat to do harm as far as the riot the guard should be in place now ready to act and not just to move people along to arrest why wait until the last min to do anything things will happen fast this is known from the last time a riot started wake up people or don’t they care about other peoples stores

      1. I believe the woman whouttered the threat of burnings if thereisn’t a conviction should be heldliable and charged for terroristic threats or influencing the decision of jurors/outcome of a trial.

        1. Rene, you are so correct. It is time these people start paying for their outbursts. Let me clarify so there is no misunderstanding. Anyone that states violence should occur should be locked up or at a minimum there should be stiff penalties. I for one am fed up with the unjustice system.

  4. Agree. He had a criminal background, and apparently was under the influence of drugs. But- the truth needs to come out, and be accepted.

    1. THE TRUTH IS !!!!.Had he had not have resisted arrest and plead his case later to the judge he would be alive now…he brought this on his self.And as far as the drugs no one forced him to take the drugs to begin with.

      1. Actually, it’s not that clear at all. There’s sufficient reliable evidence to say he was a dead man walking.

        If so, the question the prosecution is basically saying is this, is Officer Chauvin guilty of murder if he caused Floyd to die perhaps an hour sooner than he likely would have in an emergency room of a fatal overdose? That’s a hard question. Did the officer have the right or authority to end his life a few minutes earlier if he was no longer a threat?

  5. The plan is to burn and loot no matter what the outcome is.BLM was put together as a militant group for Soros to take down our country they BLM use to be black panthers a racist group from the late 60s still a Marxist group communists be prepared its going to happen if it weren’t Floyd it would be someone else

  6. Will NOT Happen—The MEDIA has found this person GUILTY and that is how it ends. The City found him GUILTY by paying the family 27 MILLION dollars BEFORE the Trial started. The community found him GUILTY from the MEDIA’s finding. THE JUDGE found him GUILTY by NOT moving the trial to another location where there might have been a fair trial. This trial is signed, sealed and WILL be delivered by the Jury who fear for their lives and will not have the will to find him NOT Guilty. The African community wants him found guilty and that is what will happen no matter what evidence is brought forward. The trial is just for show. Threaten the community and you get results—FACT!!!

    1. Will the city of Minneapolis pay twenty seven million dollars to the family of every black drug addict who overdoses and kills himself?

    2. Yep! And, should he be found guilty because of the fear and threats, the entire police force should resign and let the local tribes (black, white and otherwise) fight it out to see if the city survives. Stupid residents created this scenario by tolerating riots and arson and electing those who do so let them enjoy the hell they have created.

      When I lived in Minneapolis in 1979 & 80, I loved it. today, you couldn’t pay me to visit.

    3. As a clarification, the defense did ask for both a delay AND a change of venue due to unfair publicity possibly contaminating the jury pool. The judge denied both requests.

  7. The militant blacks only see one side and they will never accept the truth even if they witnessed it. They are eaten up with racism and white supremely, which was not the case.

  8. Have any of you really taken a good look at Chauvin’s face during the time he was sitting on Floyds neck? I mean a real look? That man is enjoying every minute of it, he knows exactly what he was doing. He has been a cop too long to not know, Chauvin um could have been paid to do what he done to Floyd. Seems kind of like it was done at a time to bring a lot of unrest and rioting while President Trump was in office, Just saying

    1. You see what you want to see. I see a policeman in a terrible situation. He is trying to subdue a criminal, high on drugs, intent on hurting anyone close. How the hell Floyd became such a paragon of saintly virtue and Chauvin became the devil incarnate I’ll never know.
      Evil is new good and good is now evil. God help us please.

      1. I like the way you phrased it, and really tend to agree with you after having read all the articles to begin with about this whole situation……
        It also seems like they got to that one detective from Minneapolis, since he changed his story after the recess”that alone seems rather odd to me”………..

  9. Another camera angle showed the officer’s knee on Floyd’s shoulder.
    There is reasonable doubt throughout this trial. So… if destruction is planned no matter what the jury decides… then truth must prevail. NOT GUILTY🇺🇸

  10. So, the media takes another career criminal who dies by police (or the drugs, who knows anymore) and they make this thug into a hero. Nothing new here, no surprises. Maybe it’s going to take a large enough numbers of people calling 9-1-1 for police and them not coming in time to save their lives, before this nonsense of hating the police blows over. Sure there are some bad apples, but the majority of police officers are honest. What you are doing in essence is saying because a larger percentage of blacks are in jails, that means all blacks are criminals. Time to grow up and use the brain God gave you to figure things out. Used to be the news gave you the facts and let you determine how you feel about things – now, they tell you how to feel and decide what facts to feed you.

  11. why did he fight with the police he rode in the back of a car before it isn’t like he was going for along ride to the police station he said he wanted to ride in the front seat not many departments will allowed that happen

  12. Chauven needs to do TIME. George Floyd’s cause of death very well could have been due to the drugs in his system BUT how will we ever know ? Chauven has to be the stupidest police officer on the force , all the camera’s are on him, George Floyd is SUBDUED ( on the ground and hand cuffed behind his back ) telling Chauven he could not breathe and Chauven is too stupid to take his knee off of George Floyd’s neck. Talk about a POWER TRIPPING police officer . If I were a prosecutor, I most definitely would be looking at Chauven’s past arrest records as probably not Chauven’s first abuse of power.

    1. BULLCRAP. THIS CASE HAS ALREADY BEEN TRIED IN THE STREETS. TOTALLY SHOULD BE DISMISSED!! WHEN WILL IT STOP???

    2. Agree Chauven should do time. Don’t believe he was trying to kill Floyd but he certainly had no regard for his life. Also don’t know all the technicalities of the laws but should at least be negligent homicide, disregard for life…. Floyd’s hands were handcuffed behind his back and there were 3 officers there to help.

  13. SHARON RANDOL, IT IS PEOPLE SUCH AS YORSELF THAAT CAUSE SO MUCH HATE AND DESTRUCTION!! You have thee nerve to say, and I quote,” Just saying!”. Really, are you such a coward to start a fight, then run?!? Get a life, you moron!!

    1. I AM NOT TRYING TO CAUSE HATE NOR AM I SAYING THAT THE MAN FLOYD WAS NOT ON DRUGS BUT IF YOU THINK THAT I AM GOING TO SIT HERE AND SAY THAT COP WAS NOT ENJOYING THE HELL OUT OF THAT YOU ARE CRAZY, LISTEN I LOVE POLICE OFFICERS BUT A COP LIKE CHAUVIN IS A MAN WITH HIS OWN RULES AND CAN BE BOUGHT OH AND THE RIOTS WERE BROUGHT DOWN BY THE DEM’S BUYING THIS COP AND THIS WHOLE THING WAS THE START OF THE WHOLE THING AND LADY THAT IS MY OPINION SO GET OVER YOURSELF AND UM LADY I AM NO MORON I WAS JUST TRYING TO BE POLITE ABOUT THINGS BUT SINCE YOU WANT IT UP FRONT, THE DEMOCRATS STARTED THIS WHOLE THING AND THEY TOOK IT SO FAR AS TO MURDER SOMEONE AND THIS ISN’T THE FIRST MURDER IN THE DEMOCRAT’S PLAYBOOK

  14. A POS career criminal kills himself by doing illegal drugs, resisting arrest and they try to blame the police for doing their job. He is one of the 7% of the 13% that nfl will paint his name on their helmets. mlb will give him a place of honor and nba will paint blm on the floor of the courts yet they do nothing for the many whites and black killed by career criminals. Just check the stats and you will see cops have to kill many more whites than blacks. The demoncRATs lie to you about who commit the crimes and who commit the hate crimes against the Asian communities.

  15. So if you learn to speak proper ENGLISH and not mumble ebonics and talk NORMAL, maybe you could understand.

  16. George Floyd was nothing but a hoodlum – gutter trash. His parents did a lousy job in raising this piece of crap! He was on drugs all the time! All those people that said they would burn cities need to be rounded up, and put in jail for threatening people lives! They are big with their filthy mouths!

  17. I would hope that they bring out the fact that the primary effect of Fentanyl is to shut down the respiratory system.

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  19. I think BC is right. The so called trial has been queered from the beginning. He’s another black, drug ridden criminal who fought the police & wound up dead. As said, we’ll never know what exactly caused it. Paid the family up front? Wow! That smells like real justice. ……..the BLM paid for Soros mob will probably burn stuff anyway. They don’t care about this guy. They don’t care about any guy, it’s an opportunity. Media will run with it………white supremist cops are hiding under ever rock & are out to get blackie. I don’t believe the head cop guy much either. I bet this was in line with his training, possibly too long a hold but I don’t know if that is even true. We will never know the truth as said several times here.

  20. George Floyd should of said to the Officer, I am sick, I ingested Fentanyl and I need some Narcan, can you help me? Most Police carry it in the trunk of the cruisers and administer it. A lady in my neighborhood called the cops every week. Until finally they told her go into rehab, we have served you one time too many. I mean come on once a week? That is because her drug pusher also lived on the street. He finally killed 3 people and is now in Prison. See how this goes down? The Police have their hands full, but if you don’t speak and say, I need Narcan, the Police can not read your mind.

  21. Let’s get real, for a change; BOTH blm and antifa ARE “domestic terrorist groups”, should be charged AND arrested as such. Once convicted, cage them and lose the keys. They have created enough violence, mayhem and murder, over the past “how many years”, ever since the Brown character was killed during fraudbamas term in office. That was in Mississippi, or Missouri; I don’t even remember which, but this HAS TO STOP. They are “marxist trained and inspired” – – marxism IS communism and if anyone, here, remembers what happened in Vietnam, from 1961 to 1975, that is EXACTLY WHAT THE US IS FACING – -SO stop it NOW, or we will no longer have a Republic either.

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