The family of unarmed black man George Floyd opposes allegations that he died of a drug overdose.
Floyd, 46, died on May 25 while being arrested by Minneapolis police on suspicion of using a counterfeit $ 20 bill. Agent Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling around Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as he lost consciousness.
Floyd was pronounced dead by medical technicians who responded to the scene, and Chauvin was subsequently charged with second-degree murder.
At a preliminary hearing on Friday, lawyers claimed that prior to his arrest, Floyd had taken fentanyl, which was likely the cause of his death.
But out of court, Floyd’s family disputed those claims, stating, “The only overdose that killed George Floyd was an overdose of excessive violence and racism by the Minneapolis police.”
Floyd’s family attorney, Ben Crump, continued: “America saw what happened. The world saw what was happening. And so, who are you going to believe, your eyes or these killer cops? ‘
The family of unarmed black man George Floyd opposes allegations that he died of a drug overdose while in police custody on May 25. Family members will be seen outside a court in Minneapolis on Friday after a pre-trial hearing.
Floyd, 46, died on May 25 while being arrested by Minneapolis police on suspicion of using a counterfeit $ 20 note. Agent Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling around Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as he lost consciousness
Floyd’s death sparked national outrage and sparked nationwide protests. Millions of Americans took to the streets calling for police reform and an end to systemic racism
The world witnessed Floyd’s suffocation on video, and now the defense is asking us not to believe our own eyes. Multiple autopsies have determined that he died of asphyxiation from the officers kneeling on his back and neck. ‘
Meanwhile, Floyd’s brother, Philonese, also went to the microphone and told reporters emotionally, “It was the most painful experience of our lives to watch our brother die on video. But listening to those who defended these officers, who blamed him for his own death today, felt like a knife to the heart.
“It shows to what extent the justice system works to protect those who have authority at our expense.”
The medical examiner’s office in Hennepin County said Floyd had suffered cardiac arrest while being stopped by the officer.
Their autopsy said Floyd had “other significant conditions,” including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease, plus “fentanyl intoxication; [and] recent use of methamphetamine. ‘
An independent autopsy performed by Dr. Allecia Wilson and Dr. However, Michael Baden, on behalf of the family, said he died as a direct result of the way he was arrested.
They found that sustained pressure impeded blood flow to the brain, and that Chauvin’s weight on Floyd’s back hindered his ability to breathe.
Floyd’s brother, Philonese, took to the microphone and emotionally told reporters, ‘It was the most painful experience of our lives to watch our brother die on video’
America has seen what has happened. The world saw what was happening. And so, who are you going to believe, your eyes or these killer cops? Floyd’s family attorney, Ben Crump, spoke out of court
The Floyd family was seen for the hearing early on Friday
Chauvin was one of four cops on the scene when Floyd died.
Officers Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao have been charged with complicity in second-degree murder, and have been released on bail.
On Friday, Chauvin appeared in court for the first time, wearing an orange prison suit, face mask and handcuffs.
He was led away by correction officials after the three-hour hearing, while protesters in court scolded him.
Friday’s hearing was held to discuss several issues in the case, including whether the trial should be moved out of the county, whether the defendants should be tried in one trial or separately, and how jurors will be selected, among other issues.
Derek Chauvin, kneeling around George Floyd’s neck, was first seen on Friday
Chauvin, 44, had not been seen in public since George Floyd’s murder on May 25
Prosecutors say Floyd’s witnesses and family members would likely be traumatized by multiple trials, and that it would be more efficient and in the interests of justice to pursue one suit.
But defense attorneys are pushing for separate trials, saying they are likely to provide “ antagonistic ” defense, and evidence against one officer can negatively impact another’s right to a fair trial.
Efforts to point the finger are already widespread in all of the lawsuits in the case.
Lane and Kueng’s lawyers have argued that their clients were rookies following Chauvin.
Thao’s attorney, Bob Paule, has said his client’s role was “ absolutely distinct ” from the others, as he controlled the crowd and secured the scene – while the other three held Floyd down.
Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, also wrote that his client’s case is different.
Nelson said prosecutors must prove that Chauvin intended to attack Floyd, but they must also show that the other prosecutors were aware of Chauvin’s intent before it happened.
As a result, he said, Chauvin will have to defend himself differently.
“The other defendants clearly say that if a crime was committed, they knew nothing about it or had no help with it,” Nelson wrote. “They blame Chauvin.”
Outside the courtroom, protesters lay on the ground for 8 minutes and 46 seconds – the time Chauvin’s knee was on Floyd