Did George Floyd Die from Asphyxiation or Drug Overdose?

Miniscule 2 mg dose of Fenatanyl, which is lethal. Wiki
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It is widely believed that George Floyd died from a police officer’s knee on his neck, causing asphyxiation and neck injury. To shed light on this, there are three autopsy documents: (1) The undated Hennepin County press release says “Manner of death: Homicide.” (2) The 20-page Hennepin County official autopsy report says heart attack with “no life-threatening injuries.” (3) The report from the autopsy on 5/31/2020 that was commissioned by Floyd’s family stated “asphyxia due to neck and back pressure.” Only the official county autopsy mentioned that a blood draw taken shortly before Floyd’s death revealed a concentration of the drug Fentanyl at three times the lethal level. The typical pattern of death from this drug is trouble breathing and, finally, heart failure. [We hesitated to publish this fact and risk being accused of trying to cover up police brutality, which certainly is not the case. We have a long record of reporting on cases of police brutality whenever it is warranted, but we also have a record of putting truth above political correctness. Facts are facts.] -GEG

Truth is the first victim in politics. Factions and passions rule. Random facts are picked as weapons, no one thinks things through.

We need to understand the facts surrounding the death of George Floyd.
Many key facts are being ignored:

– Floyd’s blood tests showed a concentration of Fentanyl of about three times the fatal dose.
— Fentanyl is a dangerous opioid 50 times more potent than heroin. It has rapidly become the most common cause of death among drug addicts.
— The knee hold used by the police is not a choke hold, it does not impede breathing. It is a body restraint and is not known to have ever caused fatal injury.
— Floyd already began to complain “I can’t breathe” a few minutes before the neck restraint was applied, while resisting the officers when they tried to get him into the squad car. Fentanyl affects the breathing, causing death by respiratory arrest.
— It was normal procedure to restrain Floyd because he was resisting arrest, probably in conjunction with excited delirium (EXD), an episode of violent agitation brought on by a drug overdose, typically brief and ending in death from cardiopulmonary arrest.
— The official autopsy did indeed give cardiopulmonary arrest as the cause of death, and stated that injuries he sustained during the arrest were not life-threatening.
— Videos of the arrest do not show police beating or striking Floyd, only calmly restraining him
— In one video Floyd is heard shouting and groaning loudly and incoherently while restrained on the ground, which appears to be a sign of the violent, shouting phase of EXD. His ability to resist four officers trying to get him into the squad car is typical of EXD cases. A short spurt of superhuman strength is a classic EXD symptom.

Minneapolis police officers have been charged with Floyd’s murder. Yet all the evidence points to the fact that Floyd had taken a drug overdose so strong that his imminent death could hardly have been prevented. In all likelihood, the police were neither an intentional nor accidental cause of his death. These crucial facts have been completely ignored in the uproar.

It is widely believed that George Floyd died from a police officer’s knee on his neck, whether due to asphyxiation or neck injury. That may be how it looks, to a naïve viewer. In reality, the county autopsy report says he died of a heart attack,[1] and states that there were “no life-threatening injuries.” Then how could they conclude it was homicide?

When scientists review scientific papers, they look primarily at the evidence, and give less weight to the conclusions, which are only the other fellow’s opinions. To blindly follow “expert opinions” is the Authoritarian View of Knowledge. This is no real knowledge at all, because to assess whether an expert is always right, we would need infinite knowledge, and doubly so when experts disagree. Not thinking for oneself is not really thinking.

So let us stick to the evidence. The county’s ambivalent autopsy also included the following hard facts: “Toxicology Findings: Blood samples collected at 9:00 p.m. on May 25th, before Floyd died, tested positive for the following: Fentanyl 11 ng/mL, Norfentanyl 5.6 ng/mL, … Methamphetamine 19 ng/mL … 86 ng/mL of morphine,” but draws no conclusions therefrom, noting only that “Quantities are given for those who are medically inclined.”

Shouldn’t we be so inclined? This fentanyl concentration, including its norfentanyl metabolite at its molecular weight, was 20.6 ng/mL That is over three times the lethal overdose, following earlier reports where the highest dose survived was 4.6 ng/mL.[2]

If ever there was a leap before a look, we are in it now. Masses of people have become extremists, based on conclusions that are as false as they are hasty.

Regarding suffocation, the county medical examiner’s report found “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.”[3] Pressure applied to the side of the neck, as in this case, and not to the throat, has little or no effect on breathing. One can easily verify this oneself.[4]

Read full article here…

Hennepin County press release mentioning homicide:

https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MNHENNE/2020/06/01/file_attachments/1464238/2020-3700%20Floyd,%20George%20Perry%20Update%206.1.2020.pdf

Hennepin County autopsy:

https://www.hennepin.us/-/media/hennepinus/residents/public-safety/documents/Autopsy_2020-3700_Floyd.pdf

Info from autopsy commissioned by Floyd’s family:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/01/george-floyd-independent-autopsy-findings-released-monday/5307185002/

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Sal Jr
Sal Jr
3 months ago

Did George Floyd die that day the news media shows? Take a look at the videos of that day of a man being arrested and a man laying on the ground. In the arresting video the man being arrested has hair on his head. The man on the ground is bald. The cop who threw the man on the ground must have thrown him so hard that all his hair came off! This was all a staged incident!

Eowyn
Eowyn
3 months ago

“The knee hold used by the police is not a choke hold, it does not impede breathing. It is a body restraint and is not known to have ever caused fatal injury.” Actually, that knee on the neck position, taught and used by the IDF, does indeed kill. Not by suffocation, but by slow internal decapitation. While Mr. Floyd most likely died due to the drugs in his system, that method of restraint needs to stop.

Pat Stagg
Pat Stagg
3 months ago

This wouldn’t surprise me at all. I have also read reports that he actually isn’t even dead – that it was an actor, who is also seen in other videos. There is too much rush to judgment by the far left so they have a “reason” to riot & destroy things in their endless attempt to destroy this country as we know it. This should have been properly looked into by qualified medical personnel & law enforcement officials. The radical left is determined to take over this country & turn it into a Socialist Marxist nation & will do whatever… Read more »

bootstrap
bootstrap
3 months ago

There are many things wrong with the George Floyd death. For example, if the highest dose survived is 5ng/ml then anyone with 20ng/ml is already dead meat … not in need of restraint. But there are several other things wrong with the George Floyd death, and only someone with 100% free access to all information, and looking at all facts (from before to after his arrest and death) will be able to untangle this mess. However, no matter what, cops are vastly too brutal in the way they handle people. That is well known and for certain.

Boris
Boris
3 months ago

No matter how much drugs George Floyd took, kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes certainly did not help.

Tom
Tom
3 months ago

I may be doing the calculation incorrectly, but 11 ng/mL is NOT anywhere near a lethal dose of Fentanyl.

John
John
3 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Hi Tom — Here is what the author wrote:   So let us stick to the evidence. The county’s ambivalent autopsy also included the following hard facts: “Toxicology Findings: Blood samples collected at 9:00 p.m. on May 25th, before Floyd died, tested positive for the following: Fentanyl 11 ng/mL, Norfentanyl 5.6 ng/mL, … Methamphetamine 19 ng/mL … 86 ng/mL of morphine,” but draws no conclusions therefrom, noting only that “Quantities are given for those who are medically inclined.”   Shouldn’t we be so inclined? This fentanyl concentration, including its norfentanyl metabolite at its molecular weight, was 20.6 ng/mL That is… Read more »