Cops' Lawyers: Bodycam Footage Proves George Floyd Died of Drug Overdose
Attorneys claims bombshell new video shows Floyd ingesting fatal dose of drugs
Lawyers representing the four Minneapolis cops involved in George Floyd's infamous arrest have claimed that bombshell new bodycam footage shows the deceased taking a fatal overdose of drugs as he was arrested.
The former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, has requested a judge dismiss the murder charges amid calls from prosecutors for longer prison sentences.
On Friday, Chauvin's defense attorney, Eric J. Nelson, filed a motion in court that argued there was no probable cause to support the second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter charges levied against his client.
The motion claims that Floyd's death was caused by a fatal dose of drugs in his system, not Chauvin pressing his knee into his neck for an extended period.
Nelson says bodycam footage proves Floyd was the victim of a careless overdose rather than police homicide.
In light of the alleged fatal drug overdose, Nelson is requesting a judge drops all charges against Chauvin, who has pleaded not guilty.
An attorney for one of the other officers involved in Floyd's death also says bodycam footage shows the moment Floyd reportedly ingested a lethal amount of drugs, according to The Blaze.
According to a Monday report from ABC News, Nelson filed the motion in Hennepin County, Minnesota, District Court on Friday, alleging that the prosecution has not shown probable cause in charging Chauvin with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
In the motion, Chauvin's attorney insists the former police officer carried out Floyd's detainment by the book — including the use of a "Maximal Restraint Technique."
Nelson said Chauvin believed the technique was necessary, out of concern that Floyd could harm himself or Chauvin and his fellow officers during the detainment.
Nelson has said that Chauvin and other responding officers were trying to help Floyd — who was clearly acting erratically during the detainment — out of concern for the man and the possibility that he might fall and strike his head, be hit by an oncoming vehicle in the road, and more.
Nelson insisted that the Minneapolis Police Department has approved training materials on such use of force, which shows an officer placing a knee on a subject's neck in order to subdue him.
The motion also noted that the autopsy on Floyd concluded that there was both fentanyl and methamphetamine in the late suspect's system — otherwise known as a "speedball."
Floyd, who suffered from hypertensive heart disease as well as arteriosclerosis and hypertension, also reportedly was positive for COVID-19 at the time of his death.
"Put simply, Mr. Floyd could not breathe because he had ingested a lethal dose of fentanyl and, possibly, a speedball," a portion of the motion read.
"Combined with sickle cell trait, his pre-existing heart conditions, Mr. Floyd's use of fentanyl and methamphetamine most likely killed him.
"Adding fentanyl and methamphetamine to Mr. Floyd's existing health issues was tantamount to lighting a fuse on a bomb."
Further, Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker also added that if Floyd were found dead in any other circumstance — in this case, "home alone and no other apparent causes, this could be acceptable to call an [overdose]."
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office ruled Floyd's death a homicide, determining that he died because of "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression."
However, the autopsy report found no apparent bruising or trauma to Floyd's neck, neck muscles, or back as a result of the restraint.
Judge Peter Cahill will address Nelson's motion in a Sept. 11 court hearing, the outlet reports.
Three other officers were also charged with aiding and abetting murder following Floyd's death.
Attorney Earl Gray, who represents former officer Thomas Lane, said in a motion filed last week that Floyd intentionally swallowed fentanyl tablets while he and his fellow officers — including Chauvin — attempted to take Floyd into custody.
In the motion, Gray said that bodycam footage of the arrest shows a "white spot" on Floyd's tongue — which disappeared moments later.
He also argued that Floyd, at the time, was in the process of swallowing "2 milligrams of fentanyl, a lethal dose" to avoid being caught with the drugs on his person.
"All [Floyd] had to do is sit in the police car, like every other defendant who is initially arrested," Gray wrote in the motion.
"While attempting to avoid his arrest, all by himself, Mr. Floyd overdosed on Fentanyl.
"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."
Gray is also maintaining that charges against his client should be dropped.