George Floyd – Shocking Defense Argument Surfaces In His Ongoing Case: ‘He Killed Himself’
As the case surrounding the police-involved death of Minneapolis, Minnesota resident George Floyd continues on, defense attorney Earl Gray claims that none of the officers, including Derek Chauvin, who was seen in the viral video of George Floyd’s police detainment outside of a corner store pinning him to the ground with his knee on his neck, actually took the man’s life.
Earl Gray is the attorney for Thomas Lane, one of the four officers on the scene of the incident, and he indicates that his defense will be that he died of an alleged overdose of fentanyl and a heart condition was the reason for the 46-year-old’s death. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, he says the defense’s argument would reflect this through the use of toxicology and autopsy reports along with other footage from police body cameras supposedly showing more of what happened than what has previously been revealed to the public through bystander cellphone videos:
None of these guys – even Chauvin – actually killed him. He killed himself. We are going to show that my client and the other cops were doing their jobs.
Earl Gray, a criminal defense attorney since 1970 and part of the team who got the police officer who shot Philando Castile in 2016 acquitted, is now able to speak publicly about his plans as a gag order was lifted by a judge last month. A motion was filed to dismiss the case against Thomas Lane by his attorney in July and included video transcripts from the body camera he was wearing. Both the prosecutors and the legal representatives for the other former officers—Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao, and Derek Chauvin—have not commented on this development. All of the officers are currently free on bail. Derek Chauvin was the only officer charged with murder while the other three officers were charged with aiding and abetting the incident.
The additional footage allegedly shows Thomas Lane, who had only been working for the Minneapolis Police Department for less than a week, pointing a gun at George Floyd when he did not immediately respond to his request to put his hands up. The video also allegedly shows George staggering after being handcuffed and was then asked if he was “on something,” George uses slang terminology (“hooping”) to allegedly indicate he had been taking drugs. This video footage also allegedly shows that Derek Chauvin knelt on George’s neck for nine minutes and 30 seconds, which was nearly 50 seconds longer than originally reported.
At this time, the trial for the four former police officers has been set to begin in March 2021.
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