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September 2, 2020

Who Killed George Floyd?

Let’s be clear: It was *not* Derek Chauvin

“To prevent crimes, is the noblest end and aim of criminal jurisprudence. To punish them, is one of the means necessary for the accomplishment of this noble end and aim.” —James Wilson (1790)

Based on all the information we now have about the 25 May death of George Floyd, the 46-year-old career criminal and perennial drug offender with a violent history who expired while being arrested by police in the Democrat Party protectorate of Minneapolis, allow me to ask a question…

All the forgone conclusions notwithstanding, who actually killed George Floyd?

Hint: It was not Donald Trump. (I know, you’re shocked.)

Spoiler alert: It was the same enemies of the state who have emboldened all of the violence and murder in the wake of Floyd’s death, including their deadly charade to blame and defund police — and they have done so in the midst of a devastating pandemic.

Who, you ask? (That was rhetorical.)

The question begs an answer, given that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have refused to directly condemn by name their Marxist “Black Lives Matter” and “antifa” constituents, who are responsible for the unmitigated violence in Demo-controlled urban centers.

Their deafening silence for the last three months certainly confirms the Left’s “Silence Is Violence” mantra.

While Biden and Harris have been forced by political polls to feign objection to the urban mayhem, they are now attempting to blame Trump for “fanning the flames.” That is, in fact, precisely what Democrats and their Leftmedia propagandists have done for the last three months.

To that end, Joe Biden read a few lines from a teleprompter this week. “Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?” he asked. (Translation: If you don’t elect me, my constituents will burn this country down.) He followed up with, “Ask yourself: Do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters? Really?” (No, but that’s exactly what his puppeteers look like.)

So, who killed George Floyd?

To answer that question, we have to first ask, what killed Floyd?

Before we had public sources for details on Floyd’s autopsy, a career federal law enforcement colleague provided this assessment: Given the fentanyl and meth in his system, combined with the COVID-related illness he had for almost two months prior to his death, Floyd died of a heart attack. It is certainly arguable that the stress and circumstances of his ninth felony arrest provoked his heart attack – but it was a heart attack.

Indeed, I have argued that the actions of Officer Derek Chauvin were negligent contributing factors.

My colleague added, after reviewing the police body-cam videos and transcripts of those videos, that there was plenty of evidence Floyd was delusional — consistent with the fentanyl and meth mix: “Floyd claimed his mother had just died — but she died two years earlier. He resisted getting into the patrol vehicle claiming he was ‘claustrophobic,’ but had just been taken out of his own vehicle where he was not claustrophobic. He said he could not breathe and asked to be put on the ground before officers put him on the ground. Police hear these complaints all the time when arresting resistant suspects.”

Supporting this early assessment regarding causal factors in Floyd’s death, in late August, according to documents citing Dr. Andrew Baker, the Hennepin County (Minneapolis) Medical Examiner who performed Floyd’s autopsy, his blood contained a “fatal level of fentanyl,” though Baker said he could not declare drugs the “cause of death.” He also had a less-than-lethal dose of methamphetamine in his system, which, in combination with the fentanyl, can result in respiratory distress and death.

Of equal importance, Baker further determined that there was “no physical evidence suggesting that Mr. Floyd died of asphyxiation” and no “signs of petechiae, damage to his airways or thyroid, brain bleeding, bone injuries, or internal bruising.” He noted that the fentanyl overdose “can cause pulmonary edema,” a fluid buildup in the lungs making it difficult to breathe, which is to say the “I Can’t Breathe” mantra had little or nothing to do with being held on the ground.

In other words, prosecutors who have charged Chauvin with Floyd’s murder have evidence that there were other significant contributing factors, and it will be a legal bridge too far to convict Chauvin for murder as a result of keeping Floyd on the ground with his knee.

Moreover, prosecutors were aware of these contributing factors within five days of Floyd’s death, but did not release that information until three months after riotous fires swept through major cities nationwide, leaving violence, death, and destruction in their wake.

So, we know the primary factors contributing to Floyd’s expiration, but I ask again: Who killed him?

Well, however unfortunate, it is fair to say that Floyd made a series of very poor choices that day (and arguably in the 20 years prior to that day), including resisting arrest, and he died as a result — very much like the more recent Kenosha, Wisconsin, case.

But that answer is too simple.

I would suggest, as noted above, that Floyd’s death is in no small measure on the hands of those Democrats who have emboldened all the violence in the wake of his death.

In Minneapolis, that would include the mayor, all but one (Green Party) member of the city council, the police chief, the county prosecutor, and the U.S. House representative (radical leftist Ilhan Abdullahi Omar), all of whom are socialist Democrats. At the state level, that would include the governor, the state attorney general (radical leftist Keith Ellison), and both U.S. senators, all of whom are socialist Democrats.

But Floyd’s death and all the subsequent violence and destruction are also on the hands of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and the rest of their Race-Bait Hate Caucus.

They have effectively cheered on the rioters. But now, fearing their 2020 prospects are going up in smoke, they are endeavoring to whitewash the death and destruction and blame Trump for “inciting the violence.”

Biden said this week: “Fires are burning and we have a president who fans the flames, rather than fighting the flames. … This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He can’t stop the violence because for years he’s fomented it.” That constitutes a BIG lie: Accuse your opponent of doing exactly what you have spent the last three months doing. The fact is, Biden’s campaign staffers have been funding bail for release of rioters back onto the streets, and Harris was promoting that bail funding.

Let’s be clear: Trump did not create the hate; he exposed it.

Moreover, the Demo-induced riots are NOT the problem. They are a symptom and a manifestation of an underlying metastatic cultural disease.

Democrats have cultivated an “entitled victim” underclass, the direct result of their socialist policies, and those ensnared and enslaved by the resulting institutional poverty are now a key political constituency (read: dependency) upon which the Democrats’ statist power relies.

Democrats were, are, and will continue to be the party of black oppression. Demonstrably, the Democrat Party is now, simultaneously, the author and beneficiary of its subjugation of generations of poor Americans under their systemic racism and systemic poverty, which they both seeded and institutionalized over the last century.

(Update: The jury found the officer in the Floyd case guilty of murder.)

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