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George Floyd: The Truth at Last – a Video Exposé.

This is clearly a case of misadventure—the officers involved should sue the force for unfair dismissal and all charges should be dropped.

By now, we’ve all seen the video of George Floyd being detained by Officer Derek Chauvin and his colleagues and witnessed also the resulting riots and anarchy both in the US and the UK.

Due to the unprecedented gag order made by the judge in this case, crucial evidence such as bodycam footage has been withheld from the public, which has led many to believe the officers murdered Mr Floyd, but are they right?

This video will hopefully provide some much needed clarity for all concerned parties and perhaps will also help to reduce tensions between the police and the Black community in both the UK and the US.

It’s time … to move on.

Of course Black Lives Matter, no one said they didn’t, especially not Officer Chauvin, the 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis police force who’s been charged with 2nd degree murder.

This officer arrived at the scene nine minutes after Floyd was arrested. He wasn’t the arresting officer.

The first question that will be asked at the officer’s trial is, ‘Are you a racist or a White supremacist?’

So … we’ll address that first:

This is Derek’s wife, Kellie Chauvin…

As you can see, Kellie is Asian—more so, she’s an Asian refugee from Laos, a Communist state.

Her family escaped Laos with little more than the clothes on their backs.

After escaping from Laos, she started (what turned out to be) an abusive relationship in the US for 10 years with her first husband before fortuitously meeting her second husband: Derek.

Derek wasn’t put off by her origins, that she was a refugee, that she was a divorcee with two children, that she came from Communist Laos or the fact that she was Asian; they quickly fell in love with each other.

Here they are (together) only two years ago.

In a recent interview, Kellie said the following about her officer husband:

So, in response to the first question, the answer is clearly no, Derek is not a White supremacist, separatist or racist; in fact, this officer would be called a race-traitor by groups such as the Ku Klux Klan due to his wife being Asian.

An interesting coincidence in this case is that Mr Floyd’s partner (at the time of his arrest) was a White woman. Derek and George were both in interracial relationships; neither man cared about race or racial politics in any way whatsoever.

The second question that will be asked is, ‘Was it your intention to choke Mr Floyd to death?’ Those who have never been in the police force or the military or studied mixed martial arts have already made up their mind, believing Derek tried to ‘choke George to unconsciousness and/or death’—so let’s address this next.

The video clip you are about to watch demonstrates the speed at which it’s possible to render an adult male unconscious.

Watch it one more time and bear in mind the man who loses consciousness is only being choked by one individual; Floyd was restrained by four officers simultaneously.

It takes less than ten seconds to render an adult male unconscious, yet George remained conscious for seven minutes—whilst continually shouting to bystanders to intercede on his behalf … to free him from custody.

How can this be?

The only explanation is this: what we witnessed in the original video was Derek applying but a small percentage of weight and pressure to George’s neck; after watching the demonstration video, the consensus opinion must be that Derek neither tried nor wanted to ‘choke out’ or kill George, a man he knew very well—we’ll address that point shortly.

What the original video doesn’t show (but the bodycams will) is Derek’s right knee. This is important due to the positioning of the second leg and the weight distributed to it also.

If the bodycam footage had been released, we would be able to clearly see the whole picture.

It is important to add here that it was only after Mr Floyd’s death that the local city council voted to ban chokeholds and restraining methods similar to those used by the officers on the day in question. At the time of George Floyd’s arrest, all of the officers were following the rules to the letter.

Question 3: ‘Was this a targeted “lynching” against a Black man, did Officer Chauvin see a Black man and see RED?’

The answer is an emphatic NO — for two very important reasons:

1/ In his 19-year career, Derek has encountered hundreds, if not thousands of Black males—some criminals, some victims, some colleagues and others witnesses.

Throughout that time, no complaint about him being racist, racially profiling or disproportionately using excessive force against Black men or women was made against him.

He woke up that day and went to work to do his job, to protect the public—irrespective of the colour of their skin.

2/ Derek had previously worked alongside George Floyd; this fact is very little known but a fact it remains.

In addition to his day job protecting the public, Derek worked at a local nightclub many evenings over a 17-year period supporting the security staff … one of whom was George Floyd. Derek worked night and day to provide for his family.

Officer Chauvin would have known George (perhaps) better than anyone due to observing him over such an extended period of time. Reports suggest the men worked together to deal with troublemakers in the club, which allowed Derek to ‘get the measure’ of the other man and fully understand his personality and temperament during a crisis and separately during periods of calm and joviality.

It is important to mention this in the interest of understanding Derek’s actions on the day George was arrested—as it was, in fact, Officer Chauvin who removed George from the patrol car, we’ll address that issue now:

Question 4: ‘Why wasn’t George Floyd driven to the police station? Why was he removed from the patrol car and restrained on the ground?’

This is the moment George fought police officers and resisted arrest. Until the judge releases the bodycam footage (which will certainly exonerate the officers) this video is all we have, but it’s enough.

What you are witnessing is several police officers desperately trying to keep George inside the patrol car.

The officers didn’t want to pin him on the ground; they wanted and tried to take him to the police station for multiple reasons—more on that later.

Look here at the officer bracing himself against the kerb. Is he trying to remove George from the vehicle? No, he is doing everything within his power to keep him inside the vehicle.

On the other side of the vehicle, in this moment, Derek arrives, an officer with more experience than the officers already on the scene; as mentioned before, he was a 19-year veteran.

Upon seeing George resisting the officers (in effect, trying to flee) Derek recognised him at once. This is an important moment.

Derek had perhaps never seen his former colleague acting in this way before—the screaming, the fighting, the belligerence.

He made a snap decision—he removed George from the vehicle due to realising the man was not only a danger to officers but also was a danger to himself for so long as he remained in the patrol car. George was a very large and powerful man, cuffs or no cuffs.

Few understand the dangers that officers face from arrestees even after they’ve been cuffed. Two of the arresting officers were rookies, new to the force—Derek was well aware of this.

These are but some of the thoughts that were frenziedly racing through the minds of the officers as George battled against them whilst calling for help from the large group of bystanders who were glued to the action:

Has he got a hidden knife, gun or other weapon? Am I or my fellow officers about to be killed? This is Corona season, what if this man spits at us? Why is he acting so erratically? Does he have something to hide? Does he have weapons or drugs on his person or in his vehicle?

Here’s the full picture regarding the patrol car, George’s unwillingness to enter it and his later removal from it.

Circa seven minutes after being arrested (for multiple offences, more on that later) George was being walked by two of the officers to their patrol car; he said the following to them:

‘I can’t breathe,’ and, ‘I’m claustrophobic.’

This is vitally important. He said, ‘I can’t breathe,’ before being knelt on—the restraining method was not the cause of his malady.

Unfortunately for George, many Black males in the US and UK shout out the political mantra, ‘I can’t breathe,’ whilst being arrested in hopes of being released (knowing the officers would be afraid of being called a racist killer cop) or for other reasons such as hoping to become minor celebrities and/or for compensation. There are too many incidents of people saying they ‘couldn’t breathe’ who are still walking and talking to this day to list; however, several clips that show others using the same tactic against the police (when they quite clearly could breathe) will be included within the next section of this video.

Anti-police rhetoric and the misplaced self-importance of criminals endangered George’s life that day due to the officers thinking, Great, we got another one of those criminals who can’t breathe…

After complaining (whilst walking) that he couldn’t breathe, he continues, ‘I’m claustrophobic.’ Why did he say this?

There is only one explanation—he was trying to avoid being taken to the police station, vainly hoping the officers would simply release him if he moaned enough and exhibited enough emotion, convincing them that HE was the victim rather than the offender.

At this point, the officers came to the conclusion that he was lying to them and from then on refused to listen to a word he said due to them knowing for a fact that George wasn’t afraid to enter vehicles due to claustrophobia—as they had just removed him from his own vehicle, which he’d been driving…

His desperate attempts to escape justice caused the officers to see him as both a liar and trouble-maker; they consequently ignored his continuing complaints and attempted to place the man inside the patrol car.

Watch as he tries to avoid the inevitable (going to jail, more on that later) by suddenly throwing himself to the ground. Still, the officers refused to relent, knowing this was yet another ruse.

Question 5: ‘Did you do everything possible to help Mr Floyd after he complained he couldn’t breathe when he was restrained on the ground?’

Almost immediately after restraining George, the officers called for medical help for George, which arrived in circa 10 minutes. If this was an execution (as some have claimed) why did the officers call for medical help for George at all?

When the officers called for medical assistance, both Derek and his colleagues knew there was a better-than-average chance that George’s erratic and violent behaviour was due to being intoxicated with drugs—most probably fentanyl.

The County Medical Examiner’s Office found that Floyd died when his heart stopped due to multiple factors, including:

Pre-existing heart disease

Fentanyl intoxication

Recent methamphetamine use and

“Other significant conditions”

It was reported (by the two clerks who accused Floyd of using counterfeit 20-dollar bills in their store) that he was drunk—ingesting excessive amounts of drugs such as fentanyl causes a person to appear as though intoxicated with alcohol.

Additional evidence suggests the officers were aware that George was taking and possibly dealing hard drugs at the time of his arrest—note the suspicious white powder in the package he drops when seated.

Once the gag order is fully lifted and all evidence and footage is released, we will know what drugs George had on his person and what the white powder was also.

Question 6: ‘Were the officers “too rough” with George?’

On the surface it may seem excessive for four officers to pin one cuffed individual to the ground, so let’s explore this by returning to Derek’s former relationship with George, from the time when the two worked together.

Derek would have known about Floyd’s past – his criminal past – which surely contributed to him doing everything possible to keep him restrained for the following important reason—George had a long criminal record, which included gun and drug possession, armed robbery and more. He had multiple convictions.

It is reasonable to assume that Derek was aware of one of the worst crimes committed by the man in front of him that day—the violent armed robbery at gunpoint of a Black woman.

George (with five friends) burgled the home of a heavily pregnant woman; she was assaulted during the crime. George threatened the woman by pointing a gun at her unborn child—he pointed the gun at her belly.

Imagine if you were a police officer armed with this information and came upon a scene where this one-time dangerous criminal was fighting with your colleagues—what would you do? Would you believe a word this man (of bad character) said? Would you acquiesce to his will? Would you lower your guard? Of course not; you would desperately restrain him believing he had relapsed into his old ways, that the “reformed character” hadn’t let go of his criminal ways.

You would protect your colleagues and members of the public by restraining the man who terrorised the pregnant Black woman (who George knew lived alone), even if that meant you would later be vilified by the media and BLM.

If the officers had been less diligent that day, if they had relented for but a moment, George may have either escaped custody or killed one of the officers or a member of the public if he’d managed to relieve one of the rookies of their guns.

Question 7: ‘Weren’t the officers concerned by his cries for help and his repeated complaints?’

The short answer is yes, here’s the long answer:

From the beginning of the encounter, Floyd feigned innocence and weakness (he threw himself to the ground); he claimed he suffered from claustrophobia and general discomfort.

This isn’t the face of a six-foot-five bouncer with a long criminal record, a one-time armed robber, a hardened criminal who had been arrested dozens of times and also jailed for violent criminal offences; no, this is the face of a small child who has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. George reacted in a childlike manner when he was arrested, reverting emotionally and intellectually in the hope of being shown clemency. This is a common occurrence among those who were abused by violent parents or older siblings during childhood—one feels less inclined to beat or punish a child if he or she is contrite and/or if they become emotionally distraught before the punishment begins.

George rabble-roused members of the Black community who happened to be passing by when he continually complained about not being able to breathe, wanting sympathy or to be released from custody; if the Black bystanders were aware that Floyd had just committed a serious crime, was high on multiple illegal drugs and had convictions for armed robbery they would have ignored him and walked away…

Floyd’s continual shouting (lasting some seven minutes) amounted to an emotional plea in the same vein as a child complaining about being grounded—he is NOT addressing the officers (who were the only ones who could alleviate his condition); rather, he was shouting out to other members of the Black community in what I assert to be a desperate attempt to avoid arrest or prosecution.

The point here is: When he called to other Black people to ‘help him’, what help was he asking for? Attack the police? Free him by force?

It is important to add that at no point does Floyd become verbally aggressive or threatening to the officers whilst pinned on the ground, which is odd considering his claim that they were the cause of his asphyxiation. I further contest that the absence of aggression here was an attempt to convince bystanders of his innocence in an attempt to (somehow) be released from custody and avoid jail or punishment—remember, Floyd was heavily intoxicated with multiple illegal and very dangerous substances. He wasn’t thinking straight. He wasn’t acting straight.

Question 8: ‘George seemed afraid of being arrested, why didn’t you take his concerns seriously?’

George had been arrested before on dozens of occasions and had previously been jailed; however, his behaviour on that fateful day suggests this was his first encounter with the police.

His demeanour and language suggests a deep-seated fear of the officers, almost as though he feared being killed in the patrol car or at the police station—again, he was all too familiar with the police, patrol cars and visiting police stations after committing serious criminal offences.

Question 9: ‘He said he couldn’t breathe, didn’t you hear this statement, which he continually repeated?’

The officers perhaps didn’t believe Floyd’s cries of, ‘I can’t breathe,’ due to this mantra being delivered hundreds, if not thousands of times in the US and the UK each year by young Black males during the time of their arrest.

Here are two recent examples from the UK. Both of these men lied when they said they couldn’t breathe. The police view those who make this statement during their arrest as akin to ‘the boy who cried wolf’.

Further to this, Derek knew Floyd personally so would know whether or not he was a man who could be taken at his word. Due to Floyd being a career criminal he was, by definition, ‘not of good character’.

Question 10: ‘Could Floyd’s death have been avoided?’

Yes. If George hadn’t committed a crime that day, the police wouldn’t have come into contact with him and he wouldn’t have become so hysterical and aggressive—the dual factors that directly contributed to his death. None of the officers celebrated when they learnt he had been pronounced dead; they all knew what would happen next due to the colour of his skin—they were well aware that their lives and careers would likely continue if George had been White; however, in the age of radical Marxist politics, these men (one of whom is Asian and another Black) knew full well their lives would soon be destroyed via ‘trial by media’.

The last thing these officers wanted to do was kill George; this is confirmed by the evidence and analysis outlined above.

Conclusion.

Hopefully this video will help to ease tensions and lessen the BLM-inspired anarchy in the USA. The premise for the violence is false; the police did their jobs, if they hadn’t (and had been, for instance, on strike that day) all evidence suggests Floyd would today, tomorrow, the day after and next year have continued his near lifelong commitment to engaging in extreme and destructive criminality—which always took place within his OWN community.

Owing to the drugs in his system, his ill health and pre-existing heart condition (in addition to his efforts to flee and fight the officers) it’s fair to assume George would have died even if pressure hadn’t been exerted to his neck. George worked himself up into a drug-fuelled frenzy, with every new struggle against the officers or loud shouts to the onlookers worsening his condition and rapidly increasing his heart rate.

This wasn’t 1st or 2nd degree murder; it is also far from manslaughter or criminal neglect. George caused the police to arrest him, George fought the officers in the patrol car and George forced the officers to afterwards remove him from the patrol car.

This is clearly a case of misadventure—the officers involved should sue the force for unfair dismissal and all charges should be dropped.

Everything George did and said to the officers was clearly intended to avoid arrest/prosecution.

If George Floyd hadn’t resisted arrest he would be sitting at home with his loved ones today and none of the violent riots in the US or the UK would have taken place.

Floyd—a career criminal who was high on multiple illegal drugs, who resisted arrest, who lied to officers and who once pointed a loaded gun at the belly of a heavily pregnant Black woman (as he and his five friends burgled her home)—was the cause of the BLM revival in 2020.

I understand to some degree the Martin Luther King riots (following his assassination), but I do not understand why so many are idolising George or rioting in his name—the difference between him and King is night and day…

The moral of this tragic story is:

  • Don’t do drugs.
  • Don’t commit crime.
  • Don’t resist arrest.

Thanks for watching.

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