|Born|| October 14, 1973 |
|Died|| May 25, 2020 |
George Floyd was an African American ex-con and drug addict who died of a Fentanyl overdose while attempting to tamper with and hide evidence, shortly after being taken into custody by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. While fighting with police and resisting arrest, Floyd was placed in a hold approved by the city's decades-long systemically racist Democrat administration. An angry mob gathered during the incident, interfering with police work and threatening the arresting officers.
Within hours progressives and terrorists, many traveling from out of state, ignited a riot and burnt down a police precinct building.  1,500 other structures were burnt down in the mêlée. Over the next four months Antifa, the Democratic Socialists of America, and other communist revolutionary groups rioted nationwide causing over $2 billion in damages and killing dozens of innocent people. Mainstream fake news and progressive media called it a peaceful protest.
Floyd, who, along with the rest of his family, condemned senseless violence, had his memory dishonored by progressives and communists who went on a nationwide spree of rioting, looting, burning, and murder in the following days, weeks, and months. Peaceful protests were hijacked by white liberal and progressive racists and turned into mayhem, knowing that Blacks would be blamed and their cause quickly forgotten. Mainstream media participated in the socialist revolution, repeatedly referring to the violent white rioters as "protesters" and the riots themselves as "protests." The truth surrounding George Floyd's killing, and the officers involved in which, was obscured and forgotten in the socialist violence and propaganda.
In the ensuing violence, Black Lives Matter protesters murdered two Black teenagers in Seattle's Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, Black policemen in St. Louis and Oakland. an 8-year-old Black girl in Atlanta and an African American infant in New York.
New Jim Crow
In 2009 Floyd was sentenced to mass incarceration under the Democrat's New Jim Crow laws. He was accused and convicted of putting a gun to the belly of a pregnant woman and threatening to kill her and her baby while six co-conspirators ransacked her home for money and drugs. Floyd moved to Minnesota in 2014 to avoid Texas' three strikes law. After leaving prison Floyd was described by family and friends as a Bible-belieiving Christian with a history of ministry work.
Pandering for votes in a virtue-signalling photo op, DNC leadership in Washington, D.C. knelt for 8 minutes wearing the garb of African slave traders during Floyd's funeral. Some fiddled with their iPhones while pretending to be in mourning. Blacks however were not fooled. The day after Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey knelt sobbing before Floyd's coffin, Frey was shamed mercilessly before a massive crowd of mostly white socialists in Maoist-style rectification trial.
Some speculation exists that Floyd and his accused killer, Officer Derek Chauvin, may have been involved in a criminal enterprise together given their personal relationship and Floyd's involvement in counterfeiting, pornography, and illegal drugs. The possibility of the two selling drugs at the night club they worked together at has not been ruled out. With the Minneapolis 3rd Precinct evidence room and records having been destroyed in the Marxist uprising, valuable evidence for federal investigators may have been lost.
Chauvin was charged with crimes that observers claimed might be very difficult to secure convictions, leading to more speculation that the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General and Keith Ellison may have set the stage for more riots and violence when Chauvin and/or his white and non-white cohorts were found not guilty.
The Minneapolis veto-proof Democratic City Council and Politburo agreed to defund the Minneapolis police department. Minneapolis is a Democrat stronghold and has not elected a Republican mayor since 1957. The entire city government, including the police department which is considered one of the most institutionally racist in the United States, has been firmly in the hands of the Democratic party with strong support of its Democrat voter base for more than a half century. A Twin Cities resident wrote to the Pioneer Press/Dispatch:
|The fact is George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, by a Minneapolis policeman. He was not killed by a federal agent in a community of white supremacists.
Minneapolis has been dominated by Democrat mayors for more than 40 years. If systemic racism exists in the Minneapolis police force it has been enabled by Democrat leaders for more than 40 years. Make no mistake, Gov. Walz, Mayor Frey, Attorney General Ellison, Police Chief Arradondo, Rep. Omar, Sens. Klobuchar and Smith – you own this situation. You have all run on platforms promising you would rid our community of this type of heinous behavior.
Liberal politicians’ show their cynicism when, while in control for decades, they express their outrage that racism is a systemic problem in the police department of our largest city. Each of these leaders has expressed support for the protesters, as if they are sympatico with their cause. Where is the self-awareness? These people are not supporting your leadership, they are protesting against your failure to deal with systemic racism while you are empowered to make real change.
Jacob Frey is the mayor; not Lester Maddox
Medaria Arradondo is police chief; not Bull Connor
Enough of the empty accolades for the protesters. Don’t pretend you are in agreement with their cause. Your actions, while in power to make real change, demonstrate otherwise. The correct response on your part is not to insult the community with feigned emotion, your responsibility was to prevent this from happening. You have all failed miserably.
Death of George Floyd
- See also: 2020 Leftwing riots
Floyd was being arrested after retail clerks approached him while in his car alleging he had passed a counterfeit $20 bill to pay for cigarettes and called the police when they failed to receive any further offer of payment. An odd series of events transpired which nevertheless conveyed nothing so much as the avoidability of its tragic consequences.
Beginning with the first difficulty meeting statutory compliance, a counterfeiter was arrested the same day as Floyd in Minneapolis with many thousands in counterfeit bills which throws a question on whether Floyd dealt voluntarily with the purported counterfeit money in any way, or if he were merely an unwilling target of a fraud.
The arresting officer and three of his cohorts arrived a few minutes after the alleged transaction with the counterfeit money and were somehow informed that Floyd was in some way impaired in his actions. There is statutory precedent that sitting in the driver's seat of a motorized vehicle with the motor running while impaired in capacity by ingestion of drugs or alcohol suffices for a DUID or DWI indictment, but such a person who pulls out into traffic presents a more active portrayal of crossing the law, which is naturally easier to prosecute.
The officers waited, and Floyd did not pull out, but it is unknown from the cameras recording some of the events whether the motor was in fact running. The second white officer approached the vehicle and at one point pulled his gun before holstering it again.
The arresting officer and Floyd previously worked together as security guards at a nightclub. Floyd was known to have worked in pornographic films, the production of which is illegal in Minneapolis.
The county medical examiner's original determination was that there were “no physical findings” of “traumatic asphyxia or strangulation”. The report says Floyd had fentanyl in his system, and they also found signs of recent methamphetamine use.
Depressants like fentanyl can involuntarily relax the diaphragm in larger amounts, and though heavy-set persons like Floyd can safely ingest more, if they do ingest much, they are prone to obstruction of their breathing when the weight of their fatty tissue prevents the motion of other compensating breathing muscles.
Not knowing this has confused some into thinking that when Floyd died of cardiopulmonary arrest, it was merely caused directly by an overdose of Fentanyl and not by not being held among the limited bodily positions outside of which he would be unable to breathe.
Cause of Death
It is widely believed that George Floyd died from a police officer's knee on his neck, whether due to asphyxiation or neck injury. However, the official autopsy report gives cardiopulmonary arrest as the cause of death. It mentions "brute force injuries" from the scuffle and restraint during his arrest, but states that there were "no life-threatening injuries." Nonetheless, the report ruled it a homicide. Regarding asphyxia, the county medical examiner's report found "no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation," while a report commissioned by the Floyd family stated "asphyxiation from sustained pressure was the cause" of death.
The county autopsy included the following "Toxicology Findings: Blood samples collected at 9:00 p.m. on May 25th, before Floyd died, tested positive for the following: Fentanyl 11 ng/mL, Norfentanyl 5.6 ng/mL, ... Methamphetamine 19 ng/mL ... 86 ng/mL of morphine," but draws no conclusions therefrom, noting only that "Quantities are given for those who are medically inclined." This fentanyl concentration, with or without counting the norfentanyl metabolite, was at least one or two times the lethal overdose, according to one study where the highest dose survived was 4.6 ng/mL 
Excited Delirium Syndrome
An alternative hypothesis involves Excited Delirium Syndrome (EXD) as the cause of death. EXD typically starts a few minutes before death from a fatal drug overdose, in past years from cocaine or crack, more recently from fentanyl, or drugs laced with fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than heroin.
According to an article in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine (WJEM), 2011: "Excited delirium (EXD) is characterized by agitation, aggression, acute distress and sudden death, often in the pre-hospital care setting. It is typically associated with the use of drugs. Subjects typically die from cardiopulmonary arrest... all accounts describe almost the exact same sequence of events: delirium with agitation (fear, panic, shouting, violence and hyperactivity), sudden cessation of struggle, respiratory arrest and death."
More video footage would help to judge whether Floyd's condition followed this sequence. One interpretation  is that the fear and panic phase started when he refused to get into the squad car, followed by shouting and hyperactivity for several minutes when he was restrained on the ground, then by "sudden cessation of struggle, respiratory arrest and death." There is a gap in the video footage available so far between the time he was standing on the sidewalk and lying in the street. One video shows him shouting on the ground. In a later video, he becomes exhausted and had stopped breathing as the ambulance arrived.
Police Intervention and Intentions
The EXD diagnosis is controversial and in some quarters is viewed as an alibi for police brutality. The WJEM authors note, "Since the victims frequently die while being restrained or in the custody of law enforcement, there has been speculation over the years of police brutality being the underlying cause. However, it is important to note that the vast majority of deaths occur suddenly prior to capture, in the emergency department (ED), or unwitnessed at home."
Regarding restraint, they note, "people experiencing EXD are highly agitated, violent, and show signs of unexpected strength so it is not surprising that most require physical restraint. The prone maximal restraint position (PMRP, also known as "hobble" or "hogtie"), where the person's ankles and wrists are bound together behind their back, has been used extensively by field personnel. In far fewer cases, persons have been tied to a hospital gurney or manually held prone with knee pressure on the back or neck."
This latter position is what Chauvin was applying. It has been proposed that restraint helps to forestall injury and death by conserving the subject's energy. There are also views that restraint increases the likelihood of a fatal outcome. In this video  Chauvin continued to apply the neck restraint although bystanders repeatedly objected, and even after Floyd stopped moving. As Floyd became exhausted, it could have been reasonable to relax the restraint to see if it was really necessary. Chauvin doesn't seem to respond to the bystanders to give a medical reason for the restraint. However, his actions are consistent with a belief that police should restrain the subject until medevacs arrive. Videos show the police focused on restraint, never beating or striking Floyd.
The charge sheet against Chauvin included this exchange between the two white officers on the squad: "I am worried about excited delirium or whatever," Lane said. "That’s why we have him on his stomach," Chauvin said." It will be seen if this exchange is confirmed by video footage. "
According to this dialogue, Chauvin apparently was trying to follow the protocol recommended by WJEM. Since Floyd was on his stomach, Chauvin's knee pinned him at the side of his neck, and did not impede breathing.
The American College of Emergency Physicians’ White Paper Report on Excited Delirium Syndrome (ACEP, 2009)  notes that "a law enforcement officer (LEO) is often present with a person suffering from ExDS because the situation at hand has degenerated to such a degree that someone has deemed it necessary to contact a person of authority to deal with it. LEOs are in the difficult and sometimes impossible position of having to recognize this as a medical emergency, attempting to control an irrational and physically resistive person, ... This already challenging situation has the potential for intense public scrutiny coupled with the expectation of a perfect outcome. Anything less creates a situation of potential public outrage. Unfortunately, this dangerous medical situation makes perfect outcomes difficult." In this situation, officers need to be policemen, paramedics and public relations experts all at once.
With a fatal overdose there is no good outcome possible, but there is no way for police to foresee that. Sometimes EXD can last longer, and it is not always fatal. Perhaps the ACEP Task Force on EXD will update their report and provide guidelines to help police identify and deal with EXD while avoiding accusations of police brutality.
A Black woman's observations
A Black woman posted an observation on social media:
|Two weeks ago you were unable to have a funeral. If your mom, if your dad, if your grandma died, they couldn't have a funeral. And if you did try to have a funeral, you could have been arrested you. Fast forward two weeks later. You turn on the television and there's a giant funeral, a giant memorial for George Floyd. Celebrities and politicians all there - the same people for the past couple months who are telling you if you were to go into a group of people, you could have died because of Covid 19. And here they sit at this giant funeral, a funeral in which George Floyd probably only knew one-third of the people actually there. A funeral in which became political. Al Sharpton was up there saying 'we're gonna take the White House.'
George Floyd's funeral became political. Two to three days after that man was murdered they told you to go vote. A week after that man was murdered, first day of primaries, and what did you do? You went out and voted. Blue Blue Blue Blue, just like the script told you to. Vote Vote Vote Vote all over Instagram, all over Twitter. Everybody Vote Vote Vote Vote. Why?
Have you asked yourself why? What is voting gonna do? We had a black president and this still happened. You think voting is gonna solve racism? You're being used. You think they broadcasted George Floyd's funeral all to America because they wanted to show what a great person George Floyd was? Or do you think they broadcasted George Floyd's funeral because they wanted you to watch so you would get angry, you would get sad you would get mad, you would get frustrated. and you would go vote.
And you're falling for it, because you're literally saying 'everybody go vote', and you're not seeing the bigger picture. This is exactly what they want you to do. The Democrats were about to lose the Black vote. And a party with no Black vote is no Democrat party at all. And so you're gonna tell me you don't think they'll do whatever they want to, whatever they can, to make sure they secure that black vote? even if that means using you, using me, using George Floyd? You're gonna sit here and tell me, 'hashtag black lives matter? No they care about black people'. Do they? Or do black lives matter only when they need your vote? Ask yourself that question.
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- "Neck hold used by Minneapolis officer was approved by department policy" (May 29, 2020). Law Officer — Justice — Law — Order.
- "Minneapolis's progressive image burns in its streets" (May 30, 2020). Newsmax.
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- "George Floyd shares an inspirational message" (2020). YouTube video, 0:51, posted by Reconcile.
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- EXCLUSIVE: A new start turns to a tragic end for George Floyd, who moved to Minneapolis determined to turn his life around after being released from prison in Texas, Daily Mail, May 28, 2020.
- Arango, Tim. "Derek Chauvin is found guilty of murdering George Floyd.", The New York Times, 2021-04-20. (en-US)
- Derek Chauvin found guilty on all counts in death of George Floyd: Live updates. ABC News.
- An unelected Republican, Richard M. Erdall, served for one day, December 31, 1973. https://web.archive.org/web/20090214045703/http://www.tholt.com/mayors.html