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Why the Derek Chauvin Trial Will Spark the Biggest Riots America Has Ever Seen

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After the first few days of the Derek Chauvin trial for the death of George Floyd, never-before-seen video evidence was presented to the jury.

It’s also the first time the majority of the public are witnessing this footage.

Prosecutors released body cam footage from the officers who responded to the 911 call in Minneapolis.

Here’s some of the footage:

Footage was also presented of Floyd inside the store prior to his arrest.

The NY Post reported:

George Floyd “appeared to be high” when he handed over a counterfeit $20 bill in a Minneapolis convenience store, a clerk testified Wednesday — as never-before-seen surveillance footage shows him acting peculiar moments before his fatal confrontation with police.

The newly-released video from May 25, aired Wednesday during the murder trial of ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, shows an animated Floyd inside the Cup Foods store with two companions, dancing and acting boisterous.

He also seemed to be acting fidgety and on edge at times, repeatedly counting money and reaching into his pockets.

Store clerk Christopher Martin, 19, testified that the 46-year-old victim had trouble speaking and appeared to be under the influence.

“When you were communicating with him, what was his demeanor like?” Minnesota Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank asked during direct examination.

“When I asked him if he played baseball he went on to respond,” Martin answered. “But it kind of took him a little long to get to what he was trying to say. So, it appeared that he was high.”

The footage, which does not have audio, then shows the moment Floyd hands over the phony bill after exchanging words with the clerk.

“When I saw the bill I noticed that it had a blue pigment to it, kind of like a $100 bill would have,” Martin said.

“So, I found that odd,” the worker said. “I assumed it was fake.”

The Cup Foods footage shows Martin confronting Floyd in the background before Floyd then leaves the store and walks out onto Chicago Avenue.

Martin said store policy is that if an employee takes a counterfeit bill they have to pay for it out of the paycheck, so he went outside to confront Floyd and two other people in his SUV on two occasions.

In addition to Floyd’s autopsy results, it’s clear that the prosecution is going to have a difficult time proving without any reasonable doubt that the officers were responsible for his death.

The body cam footage clearly shows Floyd stating “I can’t breathe” before being restrained on the ground.

Witnesses believed Floyd was intoxicated or high, and he didn’t cooperate with the officers at the scene.

Likely a panic attack or excited delirium due to the drugs found in his system during the autopsy.

After watching the footage, it was clearly a chaotic situation.

But there doesn’t appear to be any malicious intent.

Negligence maybe, but the prosecution must prove that it caused Floyd’s death.

The defense’s main argument is that drugs and pre-existing health conditions contributed to his death.

And not excessive force used by Chauvin.

Although Floyd’s toxicology reports were hidden from the public until August 2020, they indicated that he had a fatal amount of fentanyl in his system.

Also, there were no physical findings of traumatic asphyxiation or strangulation.

Here is a link to the Centaur Film Works video presented by George Parry.

Parry is a former federal and state prosecutor.

He was the Chief of the Police Brutality/Misconduct Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office from 1978 to 1983.

One thing that stands out is that Chauvin was using an approved restraint method from the Minneapolis Police Department.

Knowing that and the fact asphyxiation & strangulation were ruled out as a cause of death, is there any physical evidence linking Chauvin’s actions to his death?

There doesn’t appear to be.

Certainly not beyond reasonable doubt.

This KARE 11 piece discusses the defense’s strategy after reading the autopsy results:

New documents filed in the George Floyd case give new information about the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s findings in Floyd’s autopsy.

Handwritten notes of a law enforcement interview with Dr. Andrew Baker, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, say Floyd had 11 ng/mL of fentanyl in his system.

“If he were found dead at home alone and no other apparent causes, this could be acceptable to call an OD. Deaths have been certified with levels of 3,” Baker told investigators.

In another new document, Baker said, “That is a fatal level of fentanyl under normal circumstances.”

But then Baker added, “I am not saying this killed him.”

Defense attorneys for the officers have signaled they will argue Floyd died from the drugs and pre-existing health conditions.

The new documents say Floyd had a “heavy heart” and “at least one artery was approximately 75% blocked.”

Dr. Stephen Nelson, chairman of Florida’s medical examiners commission, who is not affiliated with the case, reviewed the new files and says that doesn’t mean the drugs or health condition is what caused Floyd’s death.

“We’ve all had cases where those kinds of of levels come into play. You’ve got to look at the whole picture,” Nelson said. “It’s one thing to die *with* something. It’s another thing to die *from* something.”

The documents say Baker performed the autopsy before watching the videos of police restraining Floyd, with Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck, because Baker wanted to avoid bias in his autopsy.

In Baker’s final report after watching the videos, he ruled Floyd’s death a homicide caused by “law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.”

The FBI asked the Armed Forces Medical Examiner to review Baker’s autopsy and they agreed with his findings, writing “his death was caused by the police subdual and restraint” with cardiovascular disease and drug intoxication contributing.”

With the combined evidence, murder charges appear to be impossible.

And even manslaughter looks to be a stretch.

It will rest on whether or not the prosecution can link Chauvin’s actions to Floyd’s death.

Based on the footage, autopsy, and Minneapolis PD training, I don’t think the crowd chanting “justice for George Floyd” are going to be satisfied at the end of this trial.

That is what leads me to this unfortunate prediction:

When this trial concludes next month, I think it’s going to spark the biggest riots we’ve ever seen in the United States.

Even eclipsing what we saw throughout the summer of 2020 in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Regardless of your opinion about the trial’s outcome, I think it would be wise to prepare in case another onslaught of violence hits the streets of America in the coming weeks.

Mostly in cities but who knows where the reach ends.

I could certainly be wrong but that’s how things appear at the moment.

Share your thoughts below.

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