On February 28, 2020, Ariel Roman, an unarmed white man, was walking from car to car on a Chicago subway train in violation of a local city ordinance. Upon exiting the train, two black Chicago PD officers followed him and eventually tried to put him under arrest. When this occurred Roman violently resisted and a struggle ensued. The cops tased Roman and sprayed him with pepper spray to no effect. A bystander recorded the incident on his cell phone and on that video you can hear Officer Butler, a black male, telling Officer Bogard, a black female, on multiple occasions to shoot Roman. Roman broke free from the officers and was shot by Bogard in the abdomen, and then again in the back when he tried to flee up a set of stairs.
Roman was not high on drugs and, other than resisting arrest, did not act irrationally.
Roman survived with grievous wounds (he has to use a colostomy bag) and has since filed a lawsuit against the Officers and the city. The Officers were stripped of their police powers after the incident.
Thirteen months later and no charges have been filed against the officers as of yet, and Roman’s legal challenges have crawled to a practical standstill.
Could you imagine the public outcry, the violent protests, and the cities burnt to the ground if this was two white cops and an unarmed black man?
You don’t have to imagine it because three months later, on May 25, 2020, a similar situation happened when a large black man named George Floyd, a convicted violent criminal who had spent five years in prison for assault and robbery, violently resisted being arrested by two white cops, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, (eventually joined by a white Officer Derek Chauvin and an Asian officer Tou Thao) who struggled to subdue him. In spite of that, the cops involved in Floyd’s arrest never pepper-sprayed him and never tased him.
A documentary by former Federal and State Prosecutor George Parry using police bodycam footage, surveillance and witness videos, paints a more complete picture of what actually transpired on May 25th than any video I have seen so far. Anyone seeking the truth about what actually happened to George Floyd needs to watch this film.
The attempted arrest by two Police Officers of someone violently resisting them is where the similarities of these events end.
The cops attempting to arrest Floyd were involved in a much more volatile situation since they were met by a man apparently high on drugs and acting in an extremely irrational manner. When one of the Officers asked a woman who was standing nearby with a male passenger who was in Floyd’s car, “…is he drunk, is he on something?” she made the universally recognized sign of a crazy person, making circles at the side of her head with her finger, and replied, “No he got a thing going on, I’m telling you, about the police,” and, “He has problems all the time.”
The cops had every reason to believe Floyd was high on something based on his irrational behavior and physical signs indicating he was on something. For example, foam around someone’s mouth can be a sign of a drug overdose. One of the officers noticed Floyd had foam around his mouth and asked him about it. Floyd responds saying, “Yes, yes, been hooping earlier…”
“Hooping” is slang for when you insert illegal drugs in your rectum in order to prolong the high.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office Autopsy Report shows that Floyd had 11ng/mL of Fentanyl in his system at the time he died (Of note, he also had Meth in his system as well). According to one report, death from fentanyl can occur from having as little as 0.75 ng/ mL to as high as 113 ng/mL in your system. The average dosage to cause death in this report is 9.96 ng/mL, well below Floyd’s 11ng/mL.
Other signs of fentanyl overdose are “Marked difficulty with balance, difficulty with walking and decreased motor coordination.” Also, “Significant mental status changes that often include slurred speech, decreased speed of thought (that can be observed by extremely slow rates of speech), confusion, irrational actions, and/or aggressiveness. A marked reduction in blood pressure and heart rate. Becoming unconscious or comatose. The lethal effects that occur as a result of fentanyl overdose are most often due to significant respiratory suppression or the complete halting of breathing as a result of the central nervous system depressant effects of the drug.” (Emphasis mine)
All of these are signs that George Floyd exhibited. For example, Floyd irrationally claimed, “I gonna die in here,” meaning the back of the patrol car and for some unknown reason exclaimed, “I just had Covid man, I don’t wanna go back to that.” Also, the cops on the scene repeatedly made mention of Floyd’s inability to properly walk.
In the video, we also see Floyd complained he “couldn’t breathe” multiple times while the cops were struggling to get him into the back of the police car and before he was on the ground. He made this complaint repeatedly and one officer points out to Floyd that the fact that he was talking, meant he could still breathe. If Floyd was having trouble breathing it was more likely occurring because of the lethal amount of fentanyl in his system and not due to any actions of the police.
He also complained of having “claustrophobia” and the officers involved were courteous and accommodating to Floyd. They offered to open the windows in the back of the police car for him and to turn on the air conditioning. They made every attempt to try to get Floyd to comply in as peaceful a manner as possible.
But Floyd did not comply or act peacefully. He continued to violently struggle with the officers and several times begged to be taken out of the police car and laid on the ground, which the officers did.
The officers on the scene were trained to recognize and had every reason to believe that Floyd was in a state known as “Excited Delirium” which is, “…generally defined as altered mental status and combativeness or aggressiveness. Although the exact signs and symptoms are difficult to define precisely, clinical findings often include many of the following: tolerance to significant pain, rapid breathing, sweating, severe agitation, elevated temperature, delirium, non-compliance or poor awareness to direction from police or medical personnel, lack of fatiguing, unusual or superhuman strength, and inappropriate clothing for the current environment. It has become increasingly recognized that individuals displaying ExDS are at high risk for sudden death, and ExDS therefore represents a true medical emergency.”
When the cops finally got Floyd out of the car and onto the ground he continued to resist and struggle with the officers. They were having a very difficult time controlling this very large, and apparently very high man. This was when Officer Chauvin placed his knee somewhere near, and possibly on Floyd’s neck, AS HE HAD BEEN TRAINED TO DO, in order to keep a still struggling Floyd under control. While Floyd is on the ground, with Chauvin’s knee on or near his neck, he continues to be able to speak and even moves his head. I am not a Doctor but that to me seems like clear signs he was not choking or asphyxiating.
(Note: I edited the above paragraph on April 8th after information has come to light during the trial of Derek Chauvin that it is possible his knee may not have been on Floyd’s neck the whole time, if at all. Evidence has been presented that Chauvin’s knee may in fact have been on Floyd’s shoulder blade.)
Recognizing that Floyd’s condition was deteriorating, the cops called for an ambulance to help him.
It’s important to also note that the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office Autopsy Report tells us that Floyd’s neck, “…discloses no areas of contusion or hemorrhage within the musculature,” and showed no signs of “blunt force injuries” or “life threatening injuries”. The report also states there were, “No injuries of anterior muscles of neck or laryngeal structures.”
So Floyd had no damage to his neck, not even a bruise, even after Chauvin allegedly had his knee on Floyd’s neck for over 8 minutes? How could Chauvin’s knee have killed Floyd by being on his neck if no bruises were apparent which indicates the force being applied was not great? Particularly when common signs of strangulation are bruises on the victim’s neck or chin as well as “bleeding and/or swelling inside the neck” which can occur even from only minimal force being applied?
The report does however say that Floyd suffered from, “Arteriosclerotic heart disease, multifocal, severe,” and, “Hypertensive heart disease,” things which could in fact have killed Floyd, especially when coupled with a large dose of fentanyl and the stress he caused himself by resisting arrest.
All evidence points to the fact that George Floyd was not murdered by the police. Even Officer Chauvin’s knee on or near his neck, as terrible of an image as it may present, did not kill him. That’s what the facts tell us. But facts don’t matter when you are on the left and trying to push a narrative of vicious, racist cops out there trying to intentionally murder innocent black people. This event has also helped push the leftist narrative that “All whites are racist” and has seen a rise in threats of violence and even murder of people simply because they are white. A narrative pushed by radical, Communist terrorist groups such as Black Lives Matter.
George Floyd died because he ingested huge amounts of a highly lethal, illegal drug, committed a crime, and did not comply with lawful police instructions. George Floyd died because of his own actions. Not the Police.
The officers involved in the shooting of Roman have not been charged at all over 13 months after their incident.
Roman has yet to have his case against the two officers and the city of Chicago decided, again, 13 months later, but Minneapolis has agreed to pay Floyd’s family an astounding $27 million not even a year later.
In the aftermath of Floyd’s death, the country exploded in a misguided paroxysm of leftist violence and rage based on the purposeful lie that the police murdered George Floyd. This has resulted in as much as $2 Billion in damage with untold lives and livelihoods destroyed. Floyd’s death resulted in a misbegotten narrative that the police are the enemy and has led to efforts to “defund” the police across the country. That defund effort is directly attributable to increased violence, crime, and even murder in the cities which succumbed to the leftist propaganda.
In the aftermath of the Roman shooting…nothing.
Is it beyond the realm of plausibility that these differences exist because Roman was the “wrong” color and Floyd was the “right” one?
To be honest, I don’t think the two black Chicago Cops should be charged at all. Disciplined, yes. Charged with a crime, no. I think the officer that shot Roman overreacted and from the looks of the video, may even have fired the first shot accidentally. But is she a criminal? Of course not. The fact is Roman brought on his situation himself. He violated the law and if when confronted by the police he simply complied, he would not have gotten shot.
The four white cops involved in the incident with Floyd should not have been charged either. They did as they were trained and the facts point to the reality that George Floyd essentially killed himself. One, by taking a lethal dose of fentanyl, and two, by resisting arrest which caused an aggravation of his already deteriorating medical condition. A medical condition that was also highly compromised by the lethal dose of fentanyl he had chosen to put in his body earlier in the day.
All of these cops were placed into a crappy situation, dealing with a fairly large man who was resisting arrest. We cannot judge these Officers’ actions because most of us, even the cops among us, were never in this kind of predicament.
If justice is to be served, Officers Chauvin, Kueng, Lang, and Thao need to be found “Not Guilty” and released.
Unfortunately my faith in the justice system of this country has gone to virtually nil.
If by some miracle Chauvin and the other three officers are rightfully exonerated, be prepared for violence from the left of unimaginable proportions. It’s what they like to do when they don’t get their way.
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