UPDATE: Derek Chauvin, a defrocked Minneapolis Police Officer, was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, a small-time, career criminal and drug dealer who became the world’s first saint canonized by BLM and Antifa and whose martyrdom led to billions of dollars of worldwide destruction, including the deaths of many innocents along the way.
On May 25th, 2020, Minneapolis Officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng were dispatched to Cub Food on the report of a man buying merchandise with a counterfeit $20 bill. Body camera footage shows the officers approaching the suspect, George Floyd, and Officer Lane instructed Floyd to get out of the car and attempted to handcuff him, but the suspect actively resisted being handcuffed. Officers Lane and Kueng then stood Floyd up and attempted to take him to their squad car but the suspect stiffened up, fell to the ground, and told the Officers he was claustrophobic. That is when Officers Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao arrived on the scene in a separate squad car.
Officers Chauvin, Keung, and Lane all attempted to get Floyd into the squad car, and eventually had to pull him out of the car and ended up face down will still handcuffed. Because the suspect was not cooperating and still considered a risk, Keung and Lane held his back and legs while Chauvin placed his left knee in the area of Floyd’s head and neck. Medics arrived to the scene at 8:27pm and George Floyd was pronounced dead later at the Hennepin Health Care.
After his death, the autopsy showed that there were no physical findings that support a diagnostic of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation, and that Floyd had underlying health problems including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease.
Although the hold Chauvin placed Floyd in is considered outdated and no longer recommended by police departments, that alone did not cause Floyd’s death. It was the combined effects of his underlying health conditions and potential intoxicants along with the restraint that likely caused his death.
Chauvin’s actions were not perfect that day, but he did not kill George Floyd. Floyd’s health conditions, intoxicants, crimes, and active resistance were the cause of his untimely death. Chauvin’s charges are beyond extreme, and he is being made an example of by progressives that want to further the anti-cop sentiment in this country.