The last two months have been extremely hectic due to the police-involved death of George Floyd, which sparked a nationwide conversation (as well as numerous violent riots perpetrated by Leftists in Democrat-controlled cities and states) about racism and police brutality (even though racism had nothing to do with the case, even when we first saw the original videos).
The Black Lives Matter movement has been at the forefront of people’s conversation as a direct result of this case, but throughout all this time, one aspect of it was still missing: the body-cam footage from the police officers at the scene.
We had seen a video from Facebook, video feeds from security footage around the scene, but for the longest time, the body-cam footage of the incident was kept from public eye. Now, the footage was seen by a select few in a Minneapolis courtroom in mid-July – around the time the officers had been charged – but the viewing was restricted to people in the courthouse, under judge’s order.
What’s more, the body-cam footage technically has not been released by the MPD – it was actually leaked to the UK Daily Mail, who then reported on it and showed the videos.
So we technically still were not meant to see the footage and we wouldn’t have if it hadn’t been leaked. Makes you wonder what sort of agenda the people in charge of the footage have if they didn’t want the footage to be released, especially as it changes A LOT about the narrative surrounding this entire event.
At any rate, the footage (below) initially shows two officers – Thomas Lane and Alex Kueng (both rookie MPD officers) – entering the Cup Foods where the call of a suspect using a counterfeit bill to purchase some cigarettes had been made. The store clerk goes up to the officers, waving the counterfeit bill and showing them to Floyd’s SUV, which was parked on the other side of the street from the store, telling them: “Before they drive off, he’s parked right here. It’s a fake bill from the gentleman,” according to the Daily Mail.
Obviously, as there are two different officers, there are different perspectives. One of them shows one of the officers (Lane) approaching the vehicle driver-side and the other officer (Kueng) approaches passenger-side, as the vehicle contained Floyd, his ex, Shawanda Hill, and a friend, Maurice Hall, with Floyd at the driver’s seat, Hill at the back and Hall at the front.
The officers instruct the passengers to get out of the vehicle and Lane instructs Floyd to put his hands where they are visible and eventually to get out of the vehicle.
Where the situation surrounding the entire event changes is at this point, where Floyd is instructed to show his hands. He largely doesn’t for some time, leading the officer to repeatedly order him to show his hands, all while at gun-point (which makes sense since Floyd could have something in his hands which could have harmed the officers, though we come to find out that he didn’t).
One aspect of the situation that many have argued is that Floyd wasn’t visibly resisting arrest from the videos that were shown. Again, the Facebook video and footage shown by CBS News (which really should be taken with a massive grain of salt, and this case proves it) demonstrate a George Floyd who did not resist and who was on the ground only because he fell from the sidewalk.
The CBS News video cut from where Floyd fell to the footage of the Facebook video, where Floyd was noticeably on the other side of the car and from where he had originally fallen. Something had to have happened in between those two moments, but we were not shown it – and it was MASSIVELY CRITICAL that we would be shown it for necessary context, but we weren’t (likely for political reasons).
The body-cam footage shows that Floyd was largely resisting officers’ orders from the beginning, maybe not necessarily to be rebellious or abrasive towards the officers, as he looked more distressed and agitated than aggressive, but he resisted the entire time nonetheless. He was repeatedly told to put his hands either on the steering wheel or on his head and he repeatedly did not listen for some time.
Even as he’s being put in cuffs, he’s resisting a bit. Eventually, the officers had him sit against the wall of the building his vehicle was parked next to, where the officers tried to get some personal information from him (name, DOB, etc.) and explained why they were there in the first place (the call).
Eventually, they drag him to the squad car that was originally shown when we first saw this situation (the car that was Chauvin’s), where he continues to resist. Once they are at the car and the rear door is opened for him, he continues to resist, telling the officers he’s “claustrophobic” and has “anxiety.”
I don’t know about the anxiety part, but I highly doubt he’s claustrophobic for the simple reason that he was in his own car earlier, so what difference would it make to be in the back of a police car and inside your own car when you’re claustrophobic? Aren’t they both enclosed spaces?
The entire time, by the way, he was not only resisting, but was acting not only distressed but also very aloof and out of his mind. His friends tell the officers, as the officers asked them about his erratic behavior, that he has mental issues and that he seemingly has had some trauma with police before (seeing as he had committed plenty of crimes in the past, I wouldn’t be surprised).
The officers seemingly found a weed pipe and something related to PCP in his vehicle, and the toxicology report in his autopsy said that he had fentanyl in his system and recently used methamphetamine prior to his death. The report said: “Decedent experienced a cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by law enforcement officer(s).”
In other words, Floyd died of a heart attack, not from neck compressions or anything. Now, the heart attack may have been triggered by the entire situation (being arrested while high, I would imagine, is a highly stressful situation to be in, particularly if you have had bad experiences with police before), but one could hardly consider this to be homicide by the police officers, particularly Chauvin.
Now, I never said that this was homicide anyway, as I had said in the first article talking about this that at the least (from what we knew at the time), this looked like manslaughter, but considering the toxicology report and the body-cam footage, I’m not sure if there is even a case for that (it doesn’t help either that Chauvin is being charged with murder. He will likely walk, which will definitely lead the Left to cause more riots, despite the facts given that Chauvin seems to be innocent here).
The entire narrative surrounding this incident is that cops killed Floyd by kneeling on his neck and keeping him from being able to breathe. While the incident as a whole may have led to his death, the cops may not realistically be blamed here, since a number of other factors contributed far more to Floyd’s death (his past, his drug abuse, etc.).
What makes it even more difficult for officers to really be blamed is that the phrase associated with George Floyd: “I can’t breathe” was stated by Floyd while the officers were trying to put him IN THE SQUAD CAR. The officers weren’t compressing his neck while putting him in the car, and still, Floyd claims to have been unable to breathe in that moment.
Now, whether he could or could not is another matter, what my point here is is that the neck compression is not what led to Floyd’s inability to breathe if he reported a lack of breath from being put in the squad car.
The video, following the officers trying to put him in the car and struggling, eventually have Floyd on the ground.
Like I said before, I’m not a cop, so I do not know standard procedure for something like this. I don’t know if they put him on the ground to further restrain him or to calm him down (though I don’t see the logic of doing that for that purpose), but that is what they eventually decided to do.
Following this, the events shown from the original Facebook video occur, basically putting an end to anything else the footage would show us about the situation.
Now, allow me to clarify some things about this entire incident. From what we can see, particularly knowing that Floyd was a bit off his rocker, the actions of the officers made sense, for the most part. I still don’t know why they had him on the ground, and the reason was not made entirely clear in the video, but other than that, what the officers did still made sense. Floyd was resisting the entire time. There is no denying this.
The events that led to Floyd’s death were not directly caused by the officers. Floyd was visibly distressed, more so than people usually would be in these situations (even given his history with police) and the officers had found paraphernalia in his vehicle. The toxicology report also showed he had drugs in his system (fentanyl) and he recently had used methamphetamine. The situation added to stress, granted, but those drugs are not exactly relievers of stress or help with the regulation of the heartbeat.
George Floyd’s death is still tragic, but it now seems to be more his actions that led to it as opposed to the actions of the officers. Floyd’s death never had anything to do with racism, and now, with police brutality (even while I still can’t quite explain why they had him on the ground, but the reasons are probably just). Officer Chauvin, while seemingly innocent on this count, should still not be reinstated because he still had 17 other reports of excessive force that went undisciplined and unpunished. The other officers should probably have their jobs back, however.
George Floyd’s death never justified the riots and looting and arson committed by domestic terrorists. Even if the officers did straight up murder Floyd (and the evidence shows they definitely didn’t), that still wouldn’t justify the Left’s behavior in all this (not that they care, since they were using this as an excuse to do it).
While I still wish Floyd hadn’t died in that instance, one cannot honestly blame the officers for his death. He overexcited himself from the drugs he took and the past experiences he had with police and suffered a heart attack. Tragic, but not something that should lead to reforming of the police, let alone total defunding of them.
Maybe we should now have a national conversation about the egregious behavior of the Left throughout all of this, since the death of George Floyd has been pretty much cleared up and one can safely say it was not murder or manslaughter.
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