The Daily Mail published new videos of the George Floyd arrest. The first video appears to be from a bodycam of a policeman approaching Floyd in his minivan and later attempting to put Floyd into a police car. Floyd seems to have a hard time speaking and is not responsive the officer. Floyd is very distressed as the police attempt to put him into the back of a police car.
Here are a few excerpts:
3:55 Are you high on something? No
5:40 I am claustrophobic for real . . .
6:25 I am going to die . . . . (He is standing in the open car doorway.)
7:53 I can’t joke. I can’t breath . . . (He appears to be sitting in the car.)
For the other videos see:
The government autopsy showed 11 ng/mL of fentanyl and 5.6 ng/mL of norfentanyl, which is a metabolite of fentanyl. The autopsy notes:
Signs associated with fentanyl toxicity include severe respiratory depression, seizures, hypotension, coma and death. In fatalities from fentanyl, blood concentrations are variable and have been reported as low as 3 ng/mL.
The autopsy also noted that he had “arteriosclerotic heart disease, multifocal, severe”, and was COVID-19 positive but did not have obvious COVID symptoms.
Here is a more complete description of a fentanyl overdose:
A person overdosing on fentanyl may present with the following overdose signs and symptoms:
Loss of consciousness.
Profoundly slowed heart beat.
Very low blood pressure.
Dangerously slowed or stopped breathing.
Bluish tint to nails and lips.
The effects that a fentanyl overdose have on the user’s heart rate and breathing present the biggest risk of death or permanent damage.
Was Floyd’s behavior consistent with someone with an overdose of fentanyl?
Was a fentanyl overdose combined with existing medical conditions a big factor in George Floyd’s death?
It looks like a trial will ultimately decide those kinds of questions.