The video clip of George Floyd that was played on an endless loop last summer was filmed by an individual who happened to be passing by the scene of the arrest. The problem with this video is it missed what occurred before Floyd was put on the ground.
Former federal and state prosecutor and current conservative writer George Parry created a 24-minute video which shows the interaction between Floyd and the four Minneapolis police officers charged in his death throughout the arrest.
Parry combined video taken by civilian witnesses, from the body cameras worn by the police officers involved in the arrest and from a fixed surveillance camera at that location to provide the full story.
The video concludes shortly after Floyd was placed inside the ambulance.
It might surprise you to learn that George Floyd uttered the now famous words, “I can’t breathe,” seven times before he was placed on the ground.
We also learn that it was Floyd’s idea to lay on the ground. As they tried to put him into the squad car, Floyd tells police. “I wanna lay on the ground, I wanna lay on the ground, I wanna lay on the ground, I wanna lay on the ground. I know, I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.”
Moreover, there was foam around Floyd’s mouth at the time of his arrest. When one of the officers asked him about it, Floyd replied. “Yes, Yes, I was just hooping earlier.” I’ll leave it to the video to explain the meaning of “hooping” in this context.
Additionally, Parry explains the autopsy results and makes it clear that the fatal dose of fentanyl in Floyd’s system, combined with his severe coronary artery disease, his history of hypertension, his poor physical condition and the extremely agitated state he was in at the scene all fits into a classic pattern of excited delirium syndrome.”
The reason excited delirium syndrome is so serious, Parry tells us, “is that it leads to sudden onset cardiac arrhythmia. In fact, the finding by the Hennepin County medical examiner was that Mr. Floyd died as a result of cardiac arrest.”
Within days of former police officer Derek Chauvin’s arrest on charges of murder and manslaughter, the Hennepin County medical examiner presented prosecutors with the autopsy results. They showed that Floyd had three times the lethal amount of fentanyl in his system.
He told them that “this level of fentanyl can cause pulmonary edema. Mr. Floyd’s lungs were 2-3x their normal weight at autopsy. That’s a fatal level of fentanyl under normal circumstances.”
Floyd also had methamphetamine in his system, a drug the medical examiner noted was “hard on the heart.”
The medical examiner said that “if Mr. Floyd had been found dead in his home (or anywhere else), and there were no other contributing factors, he would conclude that it was an overdose death.”
We’re going to be bombarded with news from this trial shortly. I highly recommend watching Parry’s video beforehand.