VIA SBINSIDER OPINION| February 3rd, 2024
Floyd really could not breathe
This past week, three Kansas City Chiefs football fans were found dead in the backyard of a home they had rented to watch the Chiefs play the Ravens in the AFC championship. The temperatures were below freezing that night. But with no obvious signs of trauma, or foul play, the police and families were at a loss as to why 3 relatively healthy men under 40 would suddenly die.
A fourth participant recently checked himself into a rehab facility and is not talking to the media.
The toxicology reports are completed, but not yet made public, and have engendered media leaks that report that fentanyl was found in all 3 dead bodies. If confirmed, the cause of death is very likely respiratory failure-which means the men went outside and the drug repressed their breathing to the point of death. This would explain the coincidental deaths in the freezing cold as fentanyl also would repress their ability to feel cold, until too late.
George Floyd’s Death\Murder
The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis is recorded in the public record as a murder. Derrick Chauvin, the officer seen with his knee on Floyd’s back appears to be blocking Floyd’s airway. But, if you take the time to watch the Netflix documentary, “The Death of Minneapolis” you can see from the body cams is Floyd ingesting pill-like substances as he is being questioned. Very shortly after the encounter began Floyd starts to complain about not being able to breath-which seems strange as on the video he is not being restrained at this point.
Floyd’s autopsy did not point to the officers restraining him as the likely cause of death. Floyd had significant amounts of fentanyl in his bloodstream which would explain his complaining of not being able to breath-he likely could not and it was progressing as the situation went on and then he was transported to the hospital where he died.
Floyd had a long history of criminal behavior before this untimely encounter and if caught with illegal substances again, would likely have been sent to prison. According to court records in Harris County, which encompasses Floyd’s hometown of Houston, authorities arrested him on nine separate occasions between 1997 and 2007, mostly on drug and theft charges that resulted in months-long jail sentences.
At trial, the Minneapolis Chief of Police lied on the stand when he testified that using a knee on the back of an unruly suspect was NOT in the officer training. The actual manuals were not allowed in as evidence as they would have contradicted the Chief.
Based on everything now known, it is likely that Floyd was not murdered but died of a fentanyl overdose. But, the immediate reaction of Black Lives Matter and the progressive Left caused violent riots world-wide, including the destruction of the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct. The mob needed a villain and Chauvin fit the bill.
Officer Chauvin was convicted of murder and 3 of his fellow officers are also convicted for abetting the murder. Once convicted, appeals take a long time; it may be years before Chauvin gets a chance in court again.
Nobody that day wanted George Floyd to die, especially the police officers.
Our Mexican Neighbors-Good or?
The root problem is the supply of fentanyl from our neighbors in Mexico. Supposedly, the Mexican authorities are “cooperating” with our DEA folks to interdict the flow, yet we have over 100K deaths from fentanyl in 2023. But, with the open borders policy of the Biden administration and the corruption of the Mexican government (the drug cartels control the border on the Mexican side) this problem is likely to worsen. Floyd’s death was tragic, as were the deaths of the Chief’s football fans, but the reality is middle-class Americans are not engaged enough on this issue that any meaningful enforcement action will happen.