A Hennepin County Medical Examiner has said that George Floyd had a “fatal level” of fentanyl in his system at the time of his death. But does it really matter? Does it?
George Floyd’s body contained a lethal dose of fentanyl at autopsy, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. pic.twitter.com/OQcHCFBFRS
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Thomas Lane’s defense is asserting that George Floyd’s death was his own doing, angering Floyd’s family who feel he’s being unjustly dragged through the mud.
The attorney for one of the ex-police officers accused of killing George Floyd is contending the unarmed Black man died of a drug overdose, while Floyd’s family says the defense is unfairly digging up Floyd’s past.
“Officer Lane did nothing wrong,” attorney Earl Gray wrote in defense of his client Thomas Lane Monday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Gray contended Floyd swallowed fentanyl while the officers were attempting to take him into custody on May 25 and that Lane’s actions had nothing to do with Floyd’s death, according to local outlet Fox 9. Gray also contended Floyd was a drug addict with a criminal history who contributed to his own death by resisting arrest.
“While attempting to avoid his arrest, all by himself, Mr. Floyd overdosed on Fentanyl,” Gray wrote, according to Fox 9.
Floyd’s family members said they were disappointed that Lane’s attorney appeared to be using Floyd’s addiction to condone his Lane’s actions.
“Regardless of his past, nothing justifies the way he died,” Floyd’s aunt Angela Harrelson told the Star Tribune. “I just feel that to go after someone’s character to justify his death — I’m not pleased with that. I’m not saying that he was a perfect person. He made mistakes. And he had a disease that he was working hard to fight against and it’s a tough disease to fight.”
As you can imagine the vulgar online comments have already begun. Some of the comments already online include: “Fentanyl and meth in his system, while trying to buy cigarettes with counter fit money sounds like he was just another low life.” And, “George Floyd died as a direct result of the drugs he ingested.”
A full autopsy report on George Floyd, also reveals that he was positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Oh my goodness, so there is COVID-19, Fentanyl, other drugs in his blood, plus officers foot to neck pressure. Sounds like there were numerous issues that could have contributed to Floyd’s death. It might have mattered in the beginning, but now this train has taken off.
Regardless, either way, that I look at this, it absolutely does NOT matter that a lethal dose of Fentanyl was found in his system. What do you think? Does it matter?