I saw a post at the Powerline blog that really caught my eye. It through into question the entire idea that George Floyd had been murdered by Officer Derek Chauvin, the entire raison d’etre of this summer’s rioting and civil unrest.
Floyd’s case became internationally famous because of cell phone video that showed him slowly becoming unconscious while a police officer knelt on his neck. Surely he was asphyxiated! That conclusion seemed inescapable, especially since, while lying on the street with officers restraining him, Floyd complained of being unable to breathe. “I can’t breathe” became a Black Lives Matter battle cry.
But video that came out later showed that Floyd had been complaining of inability to breathe when he was standing up and walking around, long before he was on the street. And it emerged that the toxicology report associated with his autopsy found that he had at least double the dose of fentanyl in his blood that is normally considered lethal, along with other drugs. And shortness of breath is notoriously a symptom of fentanyl poisoning.
That he was high on fentanyl wasn’t a new aspect of the story; that came out when the initial autopsy report was released. The new part was that he had a fatal dose of fentanyl in his system and that his lungs were filled with fluid consistent with fentanyl overdose.
In other words, he died from an overdose, not from whatever Derek Chauvin did to him.
And of course the prosecutors sat on this information all summer, while their own city and many others burned over a lie. I guess I would say that’s par for the course.
As for me, I accepted the narrative that Floyd was murdered by Chauvin. That’s what the video looked like, and I didn’t have any reason to question it until now. In fact I even argued with a commenter “Curle” in a post discussing that very issue here. I was wrong, and Curle was much closer to right than I was.
In the meantime none of this matters. The match has already been lit so burn baby burn.