Minneapolis Officer’s Atty: Floyd Died of Fentanyl Overdose


One of the officers involved in the George Floyd tragedy isn’t taking the charges, sitting down.

Thomas Lane is charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second- degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, filed a motion in court on Monday saying that Floyd at least contributed to his own death by overdosing on fentanyl.

“All he had to do is sit in the police car, like every other defendant who is initially arrested. While attempting to avoid his arrest, all by himself, Mr. Floyd overdosed on Fentanyl,” Gray wrote. “Given his intoxication level, breathing would have been difficult at best. Mr. Floyd’s intentional failure to obey commands, coupled with his overdosing, contributed to his own death.”

Lane was the first officer to confront George Floyd on May 25.

Lane, along with the 3 other officers involved, has been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department and all are facing similar charges, with officer Derek Chauvin facing an additional third-degree murder charge.

The medical examiner’s report listed a flurry of issues that could have played a factor in the death of George Floyd.

Signed by Dr. Andrew M. Baker, it says Floyd had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on April 3. A post-mortem nasal swab confirmed that diagnosis. The report notes that because a positive result for coronavirus can persist for weeks after the disease has resolved, “the result most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent … positivity from previous infection.”

In addition to fentanyl and methamphetamine, the toxicology report from the autopsy showed that Floyd also had cannabinoids in his system when he died.

Floyd also had heart disease, hypertension and sickle cell trait — a mostly asymptomatic form of the more serious sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder that primarily affects African Americans.

 

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12 thoughts on “Minneapolis Officer’s Atty: Floyd Died of Fentanyl Overdose”

  1. Drugs are an acceptable pastime for demons. Their media cohorts will never publish or expose Floyd’s use of fentanyl. It is made in China, and China is their ruler. No matter how the lawyers spin it, the cops are going to be ruined, and charged with something. The politicians are the devil’s acolytes, and all cops are bad now.

    1. Every time riots an uprising start in this country because of racial injustice the people screaming the loudest do not listen to all the facts and they wanna hang their hat on criminals criminals that are caught in the act of doing something against the law because they believe they themselves are above the law it has nothing to do with white privilege. It begins with a choice the moral choice to do right and wrong doesn’t care what color you are doesn’t care how rich or poor you are it depends on making a sound judgment call protesters and leftist angry people want to blame everyone When they should blame only themselves

  2. As always people jump the gun not waiting to hear the evidence only listening to the front story and not waiting to hear the backstory with the truth of the matter. Protesters have destroyed cities in Floyd’s name making him the poor victim. The Democrats have canonized him and fueled the fire by allowing their cities to be burned to the ground. BLM and the left wing anarchists are trying to make it a black thing when it was all about a criminal act that started the whole thing. Truth be known, Floyd was not a poor victim, he was the catalyst that got people killed and property destroyed. If people want to hang their hats on victims then I suggest looking at the poor babies that have been killed in the chaos.

    1. Thanks for the very truthful reply I really what people do before they know what actually is going on

  3. Makes on wonder how his death was reported to CDC. “Presence of COVID means it is a COVID death regardless of comorbidity.”

  4. Just as Obama jumped to conclusions by stating the cops acted stupidly, even after admitting he did not have all the facts, so does the media and left jump quickly with specific goals in mind. However, this does not diminish officer Chauvin’s over zealous restraining by kneeling on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes.

  5. Every time riots an uprising start in this country because of racial injustice the people screaming the loudest do not listen to all the facts and they wanna hang their hat on criminals criminals that are caught in the act of doing something against the law because they believe they themselves are above the law it has nothing to do with white privilege. It begins with a choice the moral choice to do right and wrong doesn’t care what color you are doesn’t care how rich or poor you are it depends on making a sound judgment call protesters and leftist angry people want to blame everyone When they should blame only themselves

  6. He did have them drugs in him. But he told them he
    couldn’t breathe. He was on the ground not a threat to no one. They need some kind of punishment. I don’t care what he did he is innocent until proven guilty.

  7. With the levels of Fentanyl reported by the toxicology report on Floyd…. he would have been DOA if the cops would have arrived just 20 or so minutes later. Cops need to carry narcan with them, the ambulance wasn’t able to get there in time. Floyd’s girlfriend and 2 of the cops were remarking on his being “on” something. He denied it but his respiratory system was too depressed to maintain him.

  8. As an RN I can state with almost complete certainty that the amount of fentanyl in Mr. Floyd’s system (according to the toxicology report) would have hampered his breathing enough to have caused his death, just like it did in the case of Prince of Purple Rain fame. If the officers had shown up a short 15 minutes later than they did, they would have found him DOA (Dead On Arrival) The virus also affects the lungs and hampers breathing, this may have HASTENED the death that was inevitable without narcan intervention. It is only the quick response of the officers that found him to still be alive. They immediately called for EMS, but had to await the ambulance arrival. The extended video recorded Floyd complaining about breathing issues while still standing outside the squad car. Police need to be carrying narcan at all times to counteract the opioid effects of these drugs on the respiratory system.