The defense lawyers of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin played audio of George Floyd saying, "I ate too many drugs," while he was being detained.
The clip was presented during cross examination of Los Angeles Police Sgt. Jody Stiger, who is a paid witness by the state of Minnesota. Her claim is that "no force should have been used" on Floyd.
BREAKING: Chauvin lawyer plays clip of George Floyd, asks if he is saying “I ate too many drugs” pic.twitter.com/JiUDVQMjUf
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Defense attorney Eric J. Nelson's claim is that said "I can't breathe" when he was being put into the cruiser and at that point the knee of Chauvin wasn't anywhere near his neck.
“If somebody is saying, ‘I can’t breathe,’ and they’re passing out and they’re not resisting, that’s one form of an analysis, right, because the actions of the suspect are consistent with the verbal utterances he’s making, right?” Nelson questioned.
“Other times and in this particular case, when Mr. Floyd was initially saying that he couldn’t breathe, he was actively resisting arrest initially when he was in the back seat of the vehicle, right?” Nelson continued.
The autopsy showed that Floyd ingested a fatal dosage that consisted of a mixture of an opioid and a stimulant. Nelson said at the start of the trial, “The evidence will show that Mr. Floyd died of a cardiac arrhythmia that occurred a result of hypertension, his coronary disease, ingestion of methamphetamine and fentanyl, and the adrenaline flowing through his body.”
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