Duke University started an investigation after a printout of George Floyd’s toxicology report was attached to a Black History Month display.
The flyer, insinuating that Floyd was dying of a drug overdose, appeared next to a photo of him on a bulletin board on the third floor of a dormitory Saturday.
Each connection in his system was underlined with a pink pen and written at the top: ‘Mix of drugs presents with breathing difficulties! Overdose? Good man? Using fake money is a crime! ‘
When confronted by Minneapolis police in May 2020, Floyd was accused of using a counterfeit $ 20 bill in a supermarket.
A autopsy report The Hennepin County Medical Examiner concluded that Floyd died of cardiac arrest and neck compression.
The report noted that fentanyl was in Floyd’s system at the time, but did not attribute the drug as a cause of death.
A second autopsy report, ordered by Floyd’s family, found that he died of “ suffocation from sustained pressure ” after former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
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On Saturday, a freshman discovered George Floyd’s toxicology report pinned to a Black History Month display with each connection underlined and a note that read, ‘Mix of Drugs Presents Respiratory Problems! Overdose? Good man?’ (above)
Multiple autopsy reports have concluded that Floyd (left) died of asphyxiation and neck compression after former officer Derek Chauvin (right) knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds in May 2020.
Freshman Matt Mohn shared CNN that he saw the print on the billboard for the first time around noon on Saturday.
He said the leaflet sent a text message to his building’s group chat about 30 minutes after his live-in adviser notified the school.
“Suddenly, someone comes up and essentially puts a thumb in the face of every black person, saying his life didn’t matter, that he wasn’t a good person because of a $ 20 bill,” Mohn said.
“I was just really surprised that someone would go to such lengths to strip someone of their humanity for no reason.”
Another freshman, Michael Manns, who lives in the dorm room where the leaflet was attached, said he hadn’t seen it in person, but he did see a photo of it on social media.
The imprint has been removed and Duke University has launched an investigation to warn any responsible student of disciplinary action. Pictured; Chavin kneels on Floyd’s neck shortly before his death, in May 2020
‘I was really terrified. I remember shaking right then, ”Manns told CNN.
“That happened in the middle of the hall from which I sleep, from where I should be safe.”
Manns, who is black, said he thinks whoever pinned the report to the billboard believes Floyd deserved to die or was responsible for his death – and said such a thought makes him uncomfortable.
“The thought that it could be someone I’ve been living with for all these months really scared me,” he told CNN.
Duke University notified the student body on the incident on Tuesday, saying the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS) and the Office for Institutional Equity, along with police, are conducting an investigation.
In the position, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students John Blackshear and OSCCS Senior Associate Dean and Director Jeanna McCullers called the imprint an “ anonymous act of bias. ”
School officials say the imprint could be a “possible” violation of policies that prohibit discrimination and harassment.
Earlier this week, jurors were selected in the trial of Chauvin, who is charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Pictured: Attorney Eric Nelson (left) and Chauvin (right), listen as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over the jury selection at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, March 23
Administrators urge anyone with information to contact the school and say that if a student is found responsible, he or she will take disciplinary action.
“If Duke students are held responsible for this act, the Office of Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS) will impose sanctions on the responsible student,” they wrote.
“This communication follows the recommendation of the Summer 2020 Hate and Bias Working Group to provide greater transparency to the student community in cases of anonymous acts of bias.”
It comes after a jury was selected this week to trial Chauvin charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with Floyd’s death.
Opening statements begin on Monday.