There really is strong evidence the officer did not murder George Floyd

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The preliminary autopsy does show that there is evidence Officer Chauvin could be acquitted of murder, and possibly even manslaughter. The media reports about Mr. Floyd dying from having his throat compressed were not accurate.

Mr. Floyd died on Monday after being held down by four officers after his arrest for suspicion of passing a forged $20 bill. One of those officers kept his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for several minutes.

On Thursday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman stressed the need to see all the evidence before jumping to a conclusion regarding the death of George Floyd.

Addressing reporters at a Thursday afternoon press conference, Freeman mentioned that he had seen evidence that might exonerate the officer who killed George Floyd, The Washington Examiner reported.

“My job, in the end, is to prove he violated a criminal statute, and there’s other evidence that does not support a criminal charge,” Freeman said. “We need to wade through all of that evidence and to come through with a meaningful determination, and we’re doing that to the best of our ability.”

We reported that he died of asphyxiation. Judge Jeanine was on Fox & Friends reporting that he died from asphyxiation. Those reports were bogus.

Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions. The officials haven’t gotten the results of the drug tests yet, and that could have been another factor. The 911 caller from the store where Mr. Floyd tried to pass the counterfeit bill confronted the buyer outside. The caller said there was something wrong with Mr. Floyd. He thought he might be drunk.

Meanwhile, Officer Chauvin, mostly in response to rioting radical groups, was charged with 3rd-degree murder and manslaughter early Friday.

CBS correspondent David Begnaud explained that this is the preliminary autopsy. Dr. Baden will perform a private autopsy.

The autopsy does support the prosecutors original statement. Officer Chauvin behaved badly, but murder?



Correction: We added the comment about the 9/11 caller thinking Mr. Floyd was drunk.

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  1. The 911 call transcript has been released. the caller from the store where the fake $20 dollar bill was used to buy cigerettes says they went out and confronted the buyer, they told 911 there is something wrong with the guy, drunk or something else.

  2. This is Precisely why I said be damn careful in quick prosecutions. You Never know what will be uncovered by the Defense and have to ‘anticipate’ it. Junior prosecutors have bungled many a case because of inexperience. Other prosecutions by experienced ones have lost cases because of “mistakes”. This could very well be one of mistakes. The possibility of other unrelated issues was one of my “what ifs”. Now, What The Hell is going to happen if the result is charges Have to be dropped. There Was a reason that officer wasn’t put on administrative leave at the outset, if that is the case.

    • As you properly pointed out, there is a gap in the videos we have seen. It is reported that some witnesses said he resisted getting into the police car.

  3. First of all, I Really Really don’t like this idea of putting a knee on someone’s neck. I can’t believe there isn’t some other way. But anyone who has watched numerous videos of encounters with police will have seen this Same EXACT tactic used on a host of suspects, and many times for this amount of time. Initially it was puzzling that the knee is on one side only and that was enough to cause death. But since Floyd died while that was in progress I assumed it was the cause like everyone else. There’s also the “position” of the officer. He is Not in a forward position as some officers have done to put more pressure downward. He is somewhat tilted back, which causes less pressure. So don’t think Defense attorneys won’t have a chance to blow holes through this case in many ways.

  4. The facts won’t matter. Ferguson didn’t match up with the media narrative and the true believers didn’t care.
    Agents provocateurs always use these racial tension events for chaos and mayhem.
    They probably don’t even care about race beyond political value or hold supremacist views themselves but would never reveal it.

    • Right, meanwhile the FBI is all worried about the officer, and doing nothing about the nationwide organized riots, or who funds that. The cop is a distraction. Cops get rough often, their job is rough, critics ought to go and try that sometime, they would fail miserably, just like the Minneapolis mayor has.

  5. Personally I don’t think Officer Chauvin should remain a law enforcement officer if he is in the habit of using excessive force, especially if the detainee is not resisting and is cooperating. Was Mr. Floyd resisting being detained?? Was Mr. Floyd not cooperating with Officer Chauvin’s investigation??? Mr. Floyd did have the right to remain silent, and if Officer Chauvin’s excessive force contributed to Mr. Floyd’s death then I would say the the prosecutors should go with involuntary manslaughter and Officer Chauvin should never be a law enforcement officer again.

    • I read that witnesses were urging him to get into the car, and he was resisting. That is quite believable.

      • Personally, I think the victim should not have resisted arrest.

        Do you folks really think the cops threw this guy to the ground and strangled him in front of numerous witnesses?

  6. This was predictable, it does not take much insight. Consider the other exaggerated instances in recent years.

    That video does not prove the guy was being strangled. He had enough air to speak loudly. Being arrested is stressful, sometimes people die from it.

    Are we going to just fall for these things over and over? Now we even have supposed conservatives such as the judge making incorrect snap judgements. She’s off my list permanently.

    I give that democrat prosecutor major credit for following his oath and being objective. He did not want to be like Nifong in the fake Duke LaCrosse scandal, where the prosecutor played up to the media, assumed guilt, made irresponsible public statements showing bias. Nifong lost his job and law license.

  7. As much as I am troubled by the video of what Chauvin is doing to Floyd, I can’t conclusively go along with making the absolute call that Floyd was murdered by Chauvin. All the evidence has not been evaluated, which would include the toxicology report. Cause of death has not been established until that is done.
    Just sayin’.

  8. As I said before the Polce Offices was not putting a lot of pressure on Floyd’s neck You could really see that and Floyd would not have been able to speak if there was a lot of pressure on his neck as far as I’m concerned the Police Officers was just doing his job by just restraining him slightly.

  9. Here is the question the prosicutor or coroner needs to ask themselves… had George NOT been detained by the police, would he be alive the next day? If the answer is yes, then THAT is murder.

    • You are wrong. The police have the right to restrain suspects. Had George not committed this crime, he would not have died that day.

  10. What I want to know is:
    WHY was Mr. Floyd Killed.

    It has been asserted that this was a “Racist” act. Is there ANY INDICATION that this was a “Racist” Act, or that Mr. Floyd was treated differently than anyone else based Solely on his RACE?

    Anyone?

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