Prosecutors Ask Jurors To Dismiss George Floyd Autopsy Findings

I previously wrote that the key to conviction in the Derek Chauvin trial (and avoiding a cascading failure in all four cases) is the autopsy findings and the role of drugs (including fentanyl) in the body of George Floyd. Prosecutors are now asking the jury to effectively dismiss the findings of the only official autopsy in the case and insist, contrary to those findings, that Floyd died from asphyxia, or, lack of oxygen. Some new disclosures may make that claim more difficult for the prosecution.

Last week, special prosecutor Jerry Blackwell admitted to jurors that Hennepin County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker pointed to cardiac arrest as Floyd’s cause of death. However, he insisted that the state would prove that “was … not a fatal heart event,” but asphyxiation.

It is a bold move since it could invite reasonable doubt on the cause of death.  The question is whether a case of manslaughter could have been advanced without the need of opposing the state’s own coroner on such findings. The failure of Chauvin to respond to a medical emergency speaks more to manslaughter than murder but it could be framed consistently with these findings. Instead, the prosecution has asked the jury to effectively reject the coroner’s findings — a risky maneuver.

We have previously discussed key defense elements in the case:

Conversely, Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, sounds more like the typical prosecutor noting that there is only one official autopsy and one official report on the cause of death. He told the jury “Dr. Baker found none of what are referred to as the telltale signs of asphyxiation. There was no evidence that Mr. Floyd’s airflow was restricted and he did not determine [it] to be a positional or mechanical asphyxia death.”

Nelson can rely on other aspects of the official record. When Baker went over findings in a meeting last December with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, he specifically noted that the knee restraint was not likely to produce asphyxiation:  “[I]t appeared to Dr. Baker that the pressure to the neck was coming from the back or posterior lateral portions of the back, and none of these strictures would impact breathing or cause loss of consciousness,” said a document summarizing the meeting.”  He noted a study that found that placing 200 pounds of weight or more on a healthy person did not have an “observable impact on breathing.”

Instead, Baker cited the drugs in the system as well as the 75-80% narrowing of coronary arteries that “put him at risk for a sudden cardiac arrest.” The record of the meeting states “Dr. Baker offered that one possibility for the pathway of Floyd’s death is that Floyd’s heart was starting to fail because of the stress, drugs, enlarged heart, and [heart] disease . . . He said that once the heart starts to fail … one of the symptoms is the perception that you cannot breathe.”

After those findings were released, Baker’s office had to be put under police protections due to threats to him and his staff.

By focusing the jury on the autopsy report, and asking them to effectively dismiss the conclusions of the only official report, the prosecutors increase the chances of a hung jury and even an acquittal. I previously expressed reservations about the push for murder charges because the case is better suited for a manslaughter case. If a jury feels the prosecutors have over-charged a case, it can produce a loss of credibility in the case. When you add an argument to dismiss the state’s own autopsy findings, you risk magnifying such skepticism or mistrust with jury members.

343 thoughts on “Prosecutors Ask Jurors To Dismiss George Floyd Autopsy Findings”

  1. Once again, Prof. Turley misses the mark by a mile. He, apparently, believes in a modification of Johnnie Cochran’s famous statement at the OJ Simpson trial. In this case, that modification would be, “If the facts don’t fit, you must omit.” So, what’s the dominant fact and major omission? Floyd’s lungs upon autopsy weighed 2 ½ times what they would have for a typical six-foot-eight human being. So, of course, Floyd said repeatedly, “I can’t breathe.” To get just a little idea of what that will do to a person, try breathing underwater and see if you get sufficient oxygen.

    George Floyd’s lungs were so filled with his own body fluids it was virtually impossible for him to breathe before he ever saw the first policeman. The lab chemistry profiles – hardly hearsay – proved he had a “lethal amount” of a drug known as fentanyl, as well as illicit methamphetamines, in his system.

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) tell us that fentanyl is 50-to-100 times more powerful than morphine. Just one grain, the size of a grain of sand on the beach, will kill an adult-sized police dog. It very swiftly affects the brain, the respiratory system, the heart, and all else in the human body. Any “expert” claiming that a (nonexistent) pressure placed on Floy’d neck is lying. It’s as simple as that.

    So, you didn’t hear about this in any of the mainstream presstitute publications? Well, they too follow the rule, “If the facts don’t fit, you must omit.”

  2. George Floyd was not singled out as a black man. Police were called to deal with him. He was a drug addict who victimized his community to support his habit. He died of a drug overdose.

  3. The left lives in Hoaxville. Facts and truth are the enemy of leftism. Leftism is the opposite of good. All of the left’s major talking points are false narratives and hoaxes. They stand for nothing that is true.

    1. When you say “everything the other side says is a lie” it’s impossible to take you seriously. Luckily, you will always have a “left” to direct your anger at.

  4. get ready for it people
    it matters not if chauvin beats the case
    if hes acquitted cities will burn
    if hes convicted police will stop policing
    and cities will burn
    plan accordingly
    my home and neighborhood defense plan is a standard capacity magazine fed semiautomatic centerfire rifle based one

    1. You sound like you’d be a-OK with it. Almost sounds like you’re looking forward to it…
      Not to worry, that’s totally normal. Totally normal.

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