(FiveNation.com)- An attorney representing one of the former Minneapolis police officers charged in relation to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has claimed that Floyd died as a result of a fentanyl overdose and has recommended that the charges against the officers should be dropped.
Thomas Lane, one of the officers present when Floyd was being apprehended, has been charged with aiding and abetting in a second-degree murder, as well as aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter, following the May 25 arrest of Minneapolis man George Floyd. Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, filed a motion on Monday in court that alleges Floyd died as a result of consuming a lethal quantity of fentanyl.
“All he had to do is sit in the police car, like every other defendant who is initially arrested,” Gray said in the motion, in reference to footage that emerged which showed Floyd refusing to cooperate with police officers. “While attempting to avoid his arrest, all by himself, Mr. Floyd overdosed on Fentanyl.”
Gray added that he was likely unable to breathe as a result of his intoxication level and that his own refusal to obey commands by police officers, along with the overdosing, resulted in his death.
Gray made specific reference to police bodycam footage that shows Floyd with a “white spot on the left side of his tongue,” which he said looks like “2 milligrams of fentanyl, a lethal dose.” It was suggested that Floyd attempted to ingest the drugs upon arrest to avoid being caught with the drugs.
“Rather than comply with Officer Lane’s reasonable instruction, [Floyd] turns his head away at 20:09:45; at 20:09:49, the white spot is gone,” he said.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this, either. The Hennepin County medical examiner confirmed earlier this year that Floyd tested positive for fentanyl, suggesting he had consumed the drug, along with methamphetamine, just before he died. Cuts and abrasions were discovered over Floyd’s body, but the examiner did not find any “life-threatening” injury or trauma on his body, or neck. The only damage found was a cracked rib, which was reported to have occurred when medical staff tried to resuscitate Floyd in the hospital.
What’s scary about this case is that if the evidence suggests Floyd did not die because of the officer, but because of the drugs, then the judge and the jury will likely be terrified of determining this. If the officers involved in Floyd’s death are not sentenced to life, then far-left activists may take to the streets some more and cause unimaginable damage to American society.