After five days of endless tributes and funerals or memorials, George Floyd has finally been put into the ground. Now it is time to put to words some thoughts about Floyd.
America has been subjected to an “orgy” of George Floyd worship. One would believe that he was The Messiah cometh based upon everything reported. Here was a man who was more than a man, a single person who was “worthy” of total adulation and emulation. A loving father of a young child left behind.
Television and other media sources across the country took every effort to show America and the world his funeral. Here was the loss of a man at the hands of corrupt police and he should be honored as only a very special person deserves.
The truth though is far different.
George Floyd left behind not one, but five children. Yes, five children. Bet ya never heard about that. or about how they are living out their lives, though it would be easy to guess.
George Floyd was also nothing more than a common criminal, and a tool to be used by the Left in their ever increasing goal of eventually taking over America.
Floyd was born Oct 14, 1973. He graduated from high school in 1993 and from there attended minor colleges until dropping out somewhere around 1996-1997. At various times, he was a “rapper” in Houston and was known as Big Floyd. He was 6’4” and weighed 223 pounds and family referred to him as a “Gentle Giant.” (Michael Brown who was shot to death in Ferguson Missouri was also referred to as a “Gentle Giant.” See a pattern developing?)
Floyd’s first brush with the law occurred Aug 3, 1997 in what appears to be possession of less than one gram of cocaine. (Needless to say, he probably had abused cocaine and had larger amounts on him prior to his first arrest.) This began a documented pattern of brushes with the law for the next ten years, at least.
Additional charges and arrests included”
- Theft (twice)
- Drugs (several times)
- Aggravated Robbery with a deadly weapon
It is the Aggravated Robbery with a deadly weapon which led to 5 years of imprisonment. The details of this crime are frightening.
In 2007, Floyd broke into a woman’s home with the intent to rob her. He wore a “blue uniform” to appear to be a government employee to gain the woman’s trust to let him into her home. The woman quickly realized that Floyd was not who he said he was and tried to close the door, but he used “brute force” to break into the home from there by holding a handgun to her stomach.
Upon entering, Floyd was quickly joined by five friends inside the house. He began to search the home while another of the intruders held the woman at gunpoint. During this time, the woman was pistol whipped in the head and arms while trying to scream for help.
Not finding any cash, Floyd and the others took jewelry and her cell phone and fled in the truck that they had arrived in. A neighbor saw the action and immediately reported it to police. The vehicle was quickly located and pulled over with Floyd behind the wheel driving it. All were arrested.
Floyd was convicted of the crime in 2009 and served 5 years in prison until 2014, when he was released. (It was not the first time that Floyd had committed a crime using a firearm. In 1998 he committed robbery with a firearm and served 10 months in the Harris County Jail. George was accused of a firearm robbery in August 1998 for which he served 10 months at Harris County Jail.
Additional time spent in jail occurred for
- In April 2002, Floyd was condemned to 30 days of prison for trespassing private property.
- October 2002, eight months in prison for cocaine.
- Oct 2004, ten months in prison for cocaine.
- Dec 2005, ten months in prison for cocaine.
Upon his release from prison in 2014, the narrative is that Floyd wanted to change his life around. To do so, he became involved in a Christian program in Texas with a history of taking men from there and moving them to Minnesota, providing them with drug rehab and job placement services.
In Minnesota, Floyd worked in various jobs and eventually the nightclub where he worked until his death. His pattern of unlawful behavior did not appear to cease, instead he just did not get caught. At least not until Memorial Day 2020 when he passed a counterfeit bill in a grocery store. The police were called and he was arrested.
Death of Floyd
We all know the story of Floyd’s death by now. He died at the hands of Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, who pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds during the arrest. But there is more to the story than being reported.
Floyd appeared to be uncooperative and resisting getting into the patrol car. It was such that the cops had to cease putting him into the vehicle and instead laid him out on the ground and then Chauvin placed his knee on the side/back of his neck to further restrain him. (We will not know how much of a fight Floyd put up until the body cams are released.)
Floyd was handcuffed face down in the street, while two other officers further restrained Floyd and a fourth prevented onlookers from intervening.
In the final moments of George Floyd’s life, as he lay face down and Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck, another officer asked Chauvin if they should roll Floyd onto his side. “I am worried about excited delirium or whatever,” the officer told Chauvin, according to authorities. Chauvin refused to turn over Floyd, who was pronounced dead shortly after.
For the last three of those minutes Floyd was motionless and had no pulse, but officers made no attempt to revive him. Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck as arriving emergency medical technicians attempted to treat him.
The charging documents for Officer Chauvin mentions the term “Excited Delirium” and indicates that the officers were worried about this condition presenting itself. That alone is alarming and in fact, challenges the consensus view of what happened.
Excited delirium is a relatively uncommon health condition characterized by severe agitation, aggression, distress, and is often fatal. In many cases of excited delirium, individuals will have displayed noticeable increases in body temperature (fever), utilized drugs that altered dopaminergic functioning, and exhibit overtly bizarre behavior. Although the condition is rare, those with excited delirium are often misdiagnosed, and end up dying before they receive proper medical treatment. Often death is the result of a heart attack.
Stages of Excited Delirium
Those that experience excited delirium typically go through various stages including: severe agitation, potential violence, police restraint, struggle, respiratory failure, and usually death. While death does not always occur, most cases of excited delirium are associated with mortality.
Stage #1: Delirium & Psychomotor Agitation
The first stage of excited delirium is that of a person appearing to be delirious, disoriented, yet hyperactive. They may be pacing back and forth, yelling, or engaging in violent and combative behavior
Stage #2: Disturbing the Peace
The second stage of excited delirium may exist simultaneously with stage one. The individual may shout obscenities, display bizarre behavior, and may appear violent. Though often the police will not be involved until the person is already in this stage, the sight of police could invoke this behavior especially if police are attempting to take the person into custody.
Stage #3: Restraint & Struggle
At this stage, police will usually attempt to restrain the person with excited delirium. Cooperation may be non-existent with the person appearing to be resistant to pain and with high levels of endurance and strength. Eventually the police will restrain the individual, but hopefully not as to constrict the diaphragm as this can lead to death.
Stage #4: Diagnosis & Treatment
After restraint, the police must properly diagnose the individual with and contact medical responders. With proper diagnosis, a police should attempt to help the patient stay calm, relax, and should use the minimal amount of restraint.
When medical responders arrive, they will need to have a correct diagnosis as well so that proper treatment can be administered.
Stage #5: Recovery vs. Death
In most cases of excited delirium, the patient ends up dying. This is due to difficulty of diagnosis as well as the fact that death may be inevitable for some individuals with preexisting medical conditions or drug-induced physiological changes. With proper treatment by both police and medical responders, there is a chance the individual may experience a full recovery.
On the other hand, respiratory failure and cardiac arrest are also common outcomes. Nearly 2/3 individuals with excited delirium end up dying in police custody or while being transported by paramedics to the hospital.
Causes of Excited Delirium
Causes of excited delirium will differ for each individual. However, there are commonalities in most cases involving the ingestion of a stimulatory drug.
Autopsy analyses among those who died from excited delirium reveal the drug most associated with this condition is cocaine, but methamphetamine is another common culprit.
A cocktail of drugs may also lead to excited delirium.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Floyd’s death a homicide caused by “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” Also cited were coronary artery disease and hypertension.
Floyd had fentanyl in his system and had recently used meth. Traces of cannabinoids and morphine were present. He also tested positive for the coronavirus in early April, and again after his death, but appeared asymptomatic.
Michael Baden, a hired gun independent examiner concluded Floyd died when his breathing was obstructed by the pressure officers put on his neck and back.
What the Hennepin Examiner did say is that Floyd was NOT asphyxiated.
Thoughts and Observations
As one would expect, PU has some observations and thoughts about this case. So here’s at it.
First, George Floyd had done a lousy job of reforming himself. Not only did he have illegal drugs in his system, he also tried to pass an obviously counterfeit $20 bill. This is not the behavior of a reformed criminal.
Second, being arrested for trying to pass a counterfeit bill while on illegal drugs would have surely resulted in Floyd being sentenced back to prison. Recognition of this could have resulted in excited delirium occurring, if not just attempting to resist arrest.
Third, if the body cameras show that Floyd was agitated or resisting arrest, this is further evidence of a potential problem and would give cause for the arresting cops to restrain him on the ground.
Fourth, the neck restraint hold placed upon Floyd was an allowable procedure under the training guidelines for Minneapolis that Chauvin experienced. So there was nothing illegal to using this method of restraint if done in moderation.
Fifth, the officers were aware of the possibility of excited delirium. Though Chauvin did not put Floyd on his side to lessen the potential for harm, there might have been little that could lessen the potential for death.
Sixth, Floyd had many co-morbidities that could be triggered by the existence of excited delirium. In fact, his death was attributed to one of those co-morbidities that could be triggered by excited delirium.
Seventh, the arresting officers had no idea of these co-morbidities that plagued Floyd.
Eighth, somehow George had forgotten to give notice to police that he was now a “Gentle Giant” and not someone prove to agitation and violence. If he had given them notice, maybe they would not have restrained him. (Yes, this is sarcasm.)
Ninth, if Floyd was experiencing excited delirium, then not applying the neck restraint would likely have not have resulted in a different outcome for Floyd. In fact, an argument can be made that pre-existing health conditions aggravated by excited delirium may have been the cause of death.
Tenth, it was not coincidence that Floyd was in this neighborhood, ranging far from home. As Bruno can attest to, the neighborhood where Floyd died was not a typical upright neighborhood. Instead, the neighborhood and street corners were well known for their drug dealing. For a person like Floyd who did not live in the area to go there, only one reason would normally exist, to score some drugs.
The Left and the Media has used the death of George to advance their own agenda and nothing more. They do not care about the search for truth and what really happened that fateful Memorial Day.
At some point, there will be further details to come out about the death of George Floyd. Some of these details will be what video cams recorded and about the relationship between George Floyd and Officer Derek Chauvin. If the details revealed support the concept that it was excited delirium or some other factors that contributed to the death of Floyd, or made death likely under any circumstances, then the Left and the Media is responsible for all that has happened since.
Unfortunately, the damage has been done. Any innocent verdict will only result in more riots and protests, much wider and more violent in scale. We are left in dangerous times now.
(Note: I am not arguing that the officers were innocent or guilty of anything, least of all murder. I don’t know the answer. I only present other parts of the story not getting any air time. We will have to wait for the rest of the story to come out before we can come to any conclusions.)
As always, I thank Mark for allowing me to post my thoughts. I hope all who read this find my thoughts valuable. Most important to remember…..
LIFE IS GOOD!!! (No matter the challenges it brings)