New body cam video shows that Chauvin knee was NOT on Floyd’s neck
An unexpected turn in the trial of Derek Chauvin, who is accused of the murder of George Floyd, has cast doubt on the officer's guilt.
A video from another officer's bodycam shows that Chauvin's knee is not pressing on Floyd's neck. After watching the video, Chief of Minneapolis Police Department Medaria Arradondo agreed that a different angle indicated that the knee was not strangling Floyd's airway.
“Would you agree that from the prospective Officer King’s body camera it appears that officer Chauvin’s knee more on Mr. Floyd’s shoulder blade?” Attorney asked after the video ended.
“Yes,” softly replied Chief Arradondo.
Floyd's forensic examination was not unambiguous, since the cause of death was indicated as suffocation, which, in addition to knee pressure, could also lead to an excessive amount of drugs in Floyd's blood.
The medical examiner's comments on the case also suggest that if Floyd had been found dead alone, an overdose would most likely have been the cause of death.
“Fentanyl at 11 ng/ml — this is higher than (a) chronic pain patient. If he were found dead at home alone & no other apparent causes, this could be acceptable to call an OD (overdose). Deaths have been certified w/levels of 3.”
Arradondo later said that the policy of using the knee to contain a suspect was against their Department's policy and was still unacceptable.
The decision to kneel on Mr Floyd's neck by the now-fired officer Derek Chauvin was "in no way, shape or form" part of department policy or training, "and it is certainly not part of our ethics or our values," Chief Arradondo stated.
Dr Bradford Wankhede Langenfeld, the man who worked for 30 minutes to resuscitate Floyd, also testified in court, where he concluded that the cause of death was asphyxiation.
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