George Floyd was recovering from COVID-19, and had fentanyl and cannaboids, respiratory depressants, and methamphetamine, known to trigger fatal arrhythmia, in his bloodstream. He also carried the sickle cell trait, which can also contribute to respiratory collapse.That does not in any way excuse the way he was pinned down and choked, but any defense attorney worth his Bentley is going to raise the issue that Chauvin could not have known of the very healthy looking Floyd’s medical fragility. 2nd and 3rd degree murder require intent to kill.
It’s going to be hard to sell anything more than manslaughter to a jury presented with evidence.
So, hang on for Riots, the Sequel.