George Floyd death: Ex-cop Thao defense argues medical examiner ‘coerced’ to alter autopsy finding – neck compression a must

How does someone (Floyd) die of traumatic asphyxia when at the time of death they have a 97 percent oxygen arterial gas level? How does one kill someone with twice a fatal level of fentanyl? Just two questions I have been asking in several posts I have done on this “whodunnit” that is filled with emotion and few facts that show Chauvin was the cause of Floyd’s death.

If guilty of anything it was what he did not do for Floyd rather than what he did do. Most importantly this case has corrupted our legal system demanding that the blood lust of the public be obtained at whatever cost. Meanwhile we as a society watch as the mob takes out another one of the foundations of our society. Our legal system. First the update:

Law and Crime:

According to a 9-page court document filed Wednesday, May 12, Thao’s attorneys, Robert M. Paule and Natalie R. Paule, are accusing Dr. Roger Mitchell, the “former Medical Examiner of Washington D.C.,” of leveraging Baker by placing a phone call sometime between May 29, 2020, when Baker released a preliminary statement about George Floyd, and June 1, 2020, when Baker signed his findings as to the cause and manner of Floyd’s death. (The full autopsy was released publicly on June 3, 2020.) During the supposed call, Baker is alleged to have said that “he didn’t think the neck compression played a part” in Floyd’s death. Mitchell is alleged to have suggested that Baker “should fire his public information officer” for issuing the May 29 preliminary statement which said, in part, that the medical examiner’s autopsy “revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.”

“After the phone conversation between Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Baker, Dr. Mitchell decided he was going to release an op-ed critical of Dr. Baker’s findings in the Washington Post,” Thao’s court document alleges. “Dr. Mitchell first called Dr. Baker to let him know.”

Mitchell is alleged by Thao’s legal team to have said the following to Baker in a subsequent conversation:

[Y]ou don’t want to be the medical examiner who tells everyone they didn’t see what they saw. You don’t want to be the smartest person in the room and be wrong. Said there was a way to articulate the cause and manner of death that ensures you are telling the truth about what you are observing and via all of the investigation. Mitchell said neck compression has to be in the diagnosis.

…….

Thao’s defense attorneys argued a connection between the alleged coercion and Baker’s actual testimony in the trial of co-defendant Chauvin. From their motion:

During Dr. Baker’s testimony in the case of State v. Chauvin, Dr. Baker testified to the
following:

a.  That he conveyed to the State on May 26, 2020 in a meeting that the autopsy of
Mr. Floyd showed no anatomical evidence of asphyxiation.

b.  That he previous[ly] testified under oath in other proceedings regarding the death of Mr. Floyd.

For the full read go to Law and Crime

This image from video shows the certificate of death of George Floyd that was entered into evidence, as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over court Firday, April 9, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, at

For more of the details check out my earlier posts:

Chauven – Floyd: Over what? ‘A little bit of money’

April 21, 2021

What did we learn? That  passing counterfeit money is not a crime. Maybe a misdemeanor but nothing that the police should/would bother themselves over.

That twice a lethal dose of Fentanyl with assorted accessory drugs on board a man dying means nothing.

That  substantial heart disease including a 90 percent blockage could not have played a roll.

That the police officer charged named Derek Chauven never was offered a defense. At most a forensic pathologist. The Medical Examiner who actually was a defense witness in truth. The prosecutor who brought in outside forensic pathologists to discount their own Medical Examiner.

The dream team prosecutors were not from the prosecutor’s office but outside attorneys offering their services pro-bono with what appears to have been unlimited support resources. All save one who played a bit part so was reported.

Chauvin Case Takes Ugly Turn – Maryland DA to Investigate Defense Medical Examiner

A chilling turn is taking place with the Chauvin Murder Trial. A witness for the defense will have the full weight of the Maryland Attorney General’s office bear down to attempt to crush him. They are attempting to discredit him, dishonor him so that there will be few future defense witnesses willing to offer testimony in unpopular cases? For the remaining police officers involved in the Derek Chauvin case, the message is clear. Defense witnesses will be few and far between.

Even worse we learn 431 Doctors from around the country chimed in to the AG… “conclusions were outside the bounds of accepted forensic practice and all of his previous work should be questioned.” Really? Did they watch the full trial? Did they read the autopsy and read the testimony at trial? I did.

DOJ planned on arresting Chauvin and others immediately even if acquitted

April 30, 2021

Whatever happened to double jeopardy? And now they will put Chauvin through another trial? No doubt the Feds will make sure he gets a “hanging judge.”  One thing is for sure, no one will be willing to be a defense witness. That is the lesson that the government is giving.

The very basis of a murder trial is to present rebuttal to the charges. How many times have we seen opposing Forensic Pathologists duel it out… famous ones at that and highly paid.

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Cheney vows to finish off Trump and save the GOP as she walks out the door

 

For Liz there just isn’t enough hate for Orange Man is there? Just wondering what her game plan is. She and her Pop have to know this is a road to nowhere for her. She will be lucky to survive Wyoming’s next election.  Newt Gingrich has said she and her dad are politically astute. There has to be a plan.

So what is your take?

 

Hunter Biden called business associate ‘the chief spy of China’

 

 

Daily Mail online senior reporter Josh Boswell, who first reported on the messages, reacts to Hunter Biden’s latest alleged connection to China on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Sounds like Hunter had his own version of Fang Fang. Can you imagine how much he would tell her if she hid his crack pipe.

 ‘Your doggy chain necklace is waiting for you.’ Flirty messages from Hunter Biden’s Chinese-American secretary, 29, who worked for him when he partnered with the ‘spy chief of China’ are revealed

Hunter Biden‘s emails reveal his close relationship with the Chinese-American secretary who worked for him when he went into business with the man he called the ‘spy chief of China.’ 

The mysterious young assistant wrote the president’s son flirty messages, sent him opposition research for Joe’s White House run and encouraged him to draw funds from the company’s accounts when the joint venture collapsed and even ended up with Hunter’s military dog tags. 

……..Hunter and Joe Biden’s brother Jim partnered with CEFC in 2017, in a deal that was meant to generate billions of dollars and create a string of oil and gas projects in the Middle East and Europe.

But the joint venture collapsed the following year when CEFC’s secretary general Patrick Ho was arrested and later convicted of bribery in a US federal prosecution.

Ho was suspected of working with the Chinese intelligence services, and had been monitored by federal law enforcement under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, court documents revealed.

 

So many have a copy of Hunter’s laptop, so few are willing to give the contents a dump for all America to see. Getting old with all of these little teasers. Rudy we know has it, the government has it, the DOJ, CIA and anyone who is anyone.

Yet Pop is the President.

A good read at the Daily Mail. Read more

 

 

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National Border Patrol Council Endorses Elise Stefanik – She Voted Against Wall Funding

Only problem with the National Border Patrol Council endorsing Stefanik replacing Liz Cheney is that she has voted against building the wall. She co-sponsored an amnesty bill. One would think that a quick look at her voting record would make that clear.  She’s not America First, just so we’re clear.  Last week I posted Stefanik as the Trojan Horse including her less than stellar background. A Paul Ryan protege. I stand by the post below:

From her own website: Stefanik.House.Gov

ICYMI: PUTTING THE NATION FIRST: STEFANIK VOTES TO BLOCK TRUMP’S NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION

March 4, 2019 
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – In case you missed it, the Watertown Daily Times’ Sunday editorial focused on Congresswoman Stefanik’s disapproval vote of the President’s national emergency declaration and her independent judgement, regardless of which party occupies the White House.

Putting the nation first: Stefanik votes to block Trump’s national emergency declaration
Watertown Daily Times
March 3, 2019

“Being a loyal member of the GOP on Capitol Hill doesn’t mean you always have to agree with the president.

“U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, demonstrated that Tuesday by officially disapproving of a recently enacted national emergency. She joined 244 of her colleagues in voting for a resolution to block President Donald Trump’s decision to bypass Congress in constructing a wall on our border with Mexico.

Ms. Stefanik distinguished herself by being the only Republican from New York to support Tuesday’s resolution. This shows her independent judgment and consistency in upholding the principle of limited government.

“There are better ways to secure our border, and Ms. Stefanik has discussed these options. She has shown the value of her leadership in Congress by acting in the nation’s best interest rather than merely toeing a party line.”

STEFANIK SIGNS DACA DISCHARGE PETITION

May 9, 2018 
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) crossed party lines to sign a discharge petition to force a series of floor votes on four DACA, immigration and border security bills. If the petition, led by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL-26), receives 218 signatures, it will force a vote on H. Res. 774 that Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA-10) introduced in March, to allow Members to debate the issue on the House floor under the “queen of the hill” rule. According to the rule, whichever proposal receives the most votes and meets the mandatory majority-vote threshold would be adopted.

She co-sponsored the Big Tech green card giveaway known as the “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act” Signed a letter asking Trump to continue importing foreign workers when tens of millions of Americans were unemployed during the pandemic stefanik.house.gov/media-center/p

She also supported the Paris Climate Accords stefanik.house.gov/media-center/p

Border patrol now hiring!“Border patrol now hiring!” by quinn.anya is licensed with CC BY-SA 2.0.

Here tis believe it or not:

Breitbart:

The National Border Patrol Council is endorsing Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) to replace Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as the new House GOP conference chair, assuming Cheney goes down next week.“

“As President Biden’s policies continue to create the worst surge in illegal immigration in our history, it is more important than ever for our leaders to share a unified message in Congress on the importance of border security,” Brandon Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, said in a statement obtained exclusively by Breitbart News ahead of its public release.

Judd adds Stefanik’s “efforts both legislatively and behind the scenes” have helped keep “illegal drugs and dangerous criminals from flooding our communities.” He continues:

Representative Stefanik supports funds to build the wall, technology to augment the Border Patrol’s capabilities, and more resources for the men and women on the front lines. I am truly grateful to say in the strongest possible terms that Elise opposes policies that have been so dangerous for our communities such as sanctuary cities, licenses for illegal immigrants, and public assistance for those who chose to violate our immigration laws (the magnets that draw people and encourage them to cross our borders illegally).

She also opposes amnesty for those whose very first act in coming to the U.S. was to knowingly and willingly cross our borders illegally. Representative Stefanik has been a true border security champion.

Red State does a great round up as well of her anti-Trump platform votes.

Red State:

For instance, she voted against President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. I suspect the reason was the limiting of the State and Local Tax deduction that places like New York had used to build a massive public workforce while making the rest of us pay for it, but still it was a vote against President Trump on his signature legislation and a vote for the Blue State plutocracy.

While voting to keep the progeny of New York politicians fully employed, she co-sponsored the amnesty-lite USA Act (this was one of those “let’s pass an amnesty bill today in return for really, really tough border security in the future” bills). Lest you think this was some humanitarian act and not acting like a Chamber of Commerce open-borders sock puppet, look at the rest of her record. She voted against funding the border wall; she voted to end Trump’s emergency declaration that served as a justification to divert federal funds to the construction of the border wall. She also voted to override President Trump’s funding of the wall.

While voting against tax cuts and weakening immigration controls, she also opposed the Trump administration’s fight against Obamacare. She voted to continue to permit the military to accept transsexual recruits in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act…a bill that also embedded Critical Race Theory into the military via the creation of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity offices in the Pentagon and subordinate headquarters. When President Trump vetoed the bill, she voted with the Democrats to override the veto.

She voted for the so-called Equality Act that strips churches and religious groups of the ability to refuse to hire people living a lifestyle that conflicts with their beliefs. She voted against her own caucus to support a DC abortion law that, in the words of Heritage’s Ryan Anderson:

“could force employers in the nation’s capital to cover elective, surgical abortions in their health plans and require pro-life organizations to hire individuals who advocate for abortion.”

Lest you think this is an anomaly, it isn’t. In 2015, she cast the same vote on the same issue.

I think it is safe to say that Stefanik’s popularity and profile are due solely to her high profile fights with fat George Conway, formerly one of the main grifters with the North American Man-Boy Lincoln Association, and Adam “Pencil Neck” Schiff, and her defense of President Trump during the bizarre January “impeachment” debacle.

Can’t we do better? Insist on it.  One of her responsibilities is that she will be recruiting women to run for congress. Just what we need. More Rinos.

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Companies are more than happy to monitor Conservatives for the government

Our fellow citizens are more than happy to lend a hand in rooting out all things Conservative. Glen Greenwald sets the record straight on what  the publication “The Intercept” is in the process of doing apparently for the government. Why else? Sifting through Gab they claim is a “far-right social network.” This after we learn what Biden is “mulling” doing.

Biden admin mulls partnering with private firms to monitor extremists

The Biden administration is reportedly considering contracting outside firms to track ​”extremist” chatter online in order to circumvent legal restrictions on the surveillance power of federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security.

To get around restrictions, the federal government is reportedly weighing enlisting outside entities that can legally encounter these groups and gather information.

Working with these companies would allow the DHS to better analyze trends and provide more real-time information for its use and for the FBI, which also is unable to surveil US citizens without first getting a warrant or proving some overarching justification like a previous investigation.

The CIA and the National Security Agency are under similar restrictions.

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Proud Boys

Glenn Greenwald is one of the three co-founding editors of The Intercept. He was pushed out of The Intercept in October 2020 over the direction it was taking. He posted the tweet below and it’s worthy of making a note.

The Intercept is more than happy to pitch in apparently.

And how is this different than Wikileaks? Hacking US government is fine, but hacking right wing extremists is repulsive?

Tweet:

Glen Greenwald:

This is repulsive. The Intercept was founded during the Snowden story to defend privacy rights & oppose the security state. Now, the liberal DNC hacks who “edit” it are boasting they got personal data from Gab users & are sorting through it, doing FBI’s work to find “extremists.”

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Frank Luntz and Kevin McCarthy are roommates! Carlson breaks the weird story UPDATE

Tucker Carlson’s knock out punch on Friday of pollster Frank Luntz was not complete. The coup de grâce came last night with the reveal that Kevin McCarthy and Frank Luntz are roommates. I was never a fan of Kevin McCarthy, but then again I was never a fan of Paul Ryan. Time for the voters to get real and clean out these Rinos.

UPDATE: At the bottom of the post, McCarthy responds to the issue on Fox and Friends.

Last week, the ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ host laced into the pollster and questioned why he ‘remained a fixture’ in Republican politics.

TUCKER: Over the weekend, we got a call from a source who said that, in fact, Frank Luntz and Kevin McCarthy are not simply friends, they’re roommates. Kevin McCarthy lives in Luntz’s apartment in downtown Washington. That’s what we were told, and honestly, we did not believe it. The top Republican in the House lives with a Google lobbyist? Come on. Even by the sleazy and corrupt standards of politics in Washington, that didn’t seem possible. In fact, it sounded like a joke. 

Reportedly found in Hunter Biden’s laptop. Tucker referenced E-mails between Luntz and Biden on Friday. Sounds pretty petty doesn’t it?

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If you missed yesterday’s post which I included Tucker Carlson taking care of business with Frank Luntz, here is a re-do:

‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ host calls the pollster’s research ‘almost fraud.’

I’m all for people being weird, quirky, and out there, but…but, Luntz has built an exact replica of the the Oval Office and Lincoln bedroom in his house in California. That thing comes off as two steps removed from Buffalo Bill in ‘Silence of the Lambs’. There’s weird and then there’s…weird.

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UPDATE: On Fox and Friends……

The Sad State of the GOP – Nearly Censored Romney, Nearly removed Cheney, …

 

The operative statement is that Mitt Romney “nearly” got booed off the stage. Just as he got “nearly” censored by the Utah GOP party 798-711. Just as Liz Cheney “nearly” got removed from leadership of the GOP party.

Then we have Susan Collins chiming in about the absurd “big tent” nonsense. Sure, every party needs to include those who would oust by impeachment their own party President. What an absurd interview with Jake Tapper on CNN on Sunday. Of course she adds in her support for Liz Cheney. One thing for the Dems, they are prepared not only to support their senile old fool Biden to the death but follow him as he takes them over the cliff. Non dare challenge their leadership Pelosi.

Hope springs eternal or so it says. Tucker Carlson summed up the situation perfectly on Friday’s show. The coup de grâce is having on board Frank Luntz.

WASHINGTON – Sen. Susan Collins was “appalled” at the treatment fellow Republican Sen. Mitt Romney received Saturday by his state lawmakers, many of whom wanted to punish him for trying to impeach former President Donald Trump.

“We are not a party that is led by just one person,” Collins, R-Maine, said Sunday during an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper. 

Some Republicans in Utah suggested a censure of Romney, R-Utah, for his impeachment vote in January. Romney was one of seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump.

On Saturday, Romney entered the chamber in Utah to a chorus of boos from his fellow lawmakers, but the vote to censure the senator ultimately failed 798-711 in the state GOP convention. 

Does anyone really believe that Liz Cheney will be gone anytime soon? Where have I heard that before. Not unless Wyoming sends her packing, but then again rumbles are out there that she wants to run for President and take on Trump. Good luck with that.

Bonus: Note her mask indicates KN95 – KN means it was made in China… Just saying…

Gooden declared, “Liz Cheney has promised she will campaign on impeaching Trump ‘every day of the week.’ Good luck with that, Liz! PREDICTION: she’ll be out of her GOP leadership role by month’s end!”

Tucker on why you probably don’t recognize the Republican party

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Chauvin Case Takes Ugly Turn – Maryland DA to Investigate Defense Medical Examiner

A chilling turn is taking place with the Chauvin Murder Trial. A witness for the defense will have the full weight of the Maryland Attorney General’s office bear down to attempt to crush him. They are attempting to discredit him, dishonor him so that there will be few future defense witnesses willing to offer testimony in unpopular cases? For the remaining police officers involved in the Derek Chauvin case, the message is clear. Defense witnesses will be few and far between.

Even worse we learn 431 Doctors from around the country chimed in to the AG… “conclusions were outside the bounds of accepted forensic practice and all of his previous work should be questioned.” Really? Did they watch the full trial? Did they read the autopsy and read the testimony at trial? I did.

Setting aside whether Chauvin acted properly and provided timely assistance, the question is how did Floyd die? Did Chauvin kill Floyd? That is what forensic pathologists do. They examine dead people.

The news reports:

Dr. David Fowler, Maryland’s chief medical examiner from 2002 to 2019, was a key defense witness for Chauvin, who was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes last May.

During the four-week trial, Fowler testified that the primary cause of Floyd’s death was a sudden heart rhythm disturbance during police restraint due to underlying heart disease, contradicting several experts who said Floyd had died due to a lack of oxygen.

We will get back to that but let’s finish with the predicate that is about to try to destroy and defame defense witness one Dr. Fowler.

The news report continues:

A former medical examiner who served as a witness in Derek Chauvin‘s murder trial will have 17 years’ worth of his in-custody death reports independently reviewed after he testified that the cop was not responsible for George Floyd‘s death, officials have announced.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh made the review announcement Friday, a day after receiving a letter from former Washington DC medical examiner Roger A. Mitchell that was signed by 431 doctors from around the country.

….

The letter said Fowler’s testimony and conclusions were outside the bounds of accepted forensic practice and all of his previous work should be questioned, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Frosh later released a statement in agreement, saying: ‘It is appropriate for independent experts to review reports issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) regarding deaths in custody.’

He said his office is already in talks with the governor’s office about how to coordinate the review.

The investigation would call into question the validity of all of Fowler’s in-custody death reports during his tenure, which includes the deaths of Anton Black, a 19-year-old who died in police custody in Greensboro in 2018.

(Surely let us challenge all police shooting autopsies.)

More at Daily Mail

I posted previously a lengthy post examining in detail the trial and medical evidence. Let me highlight a few facts. Know that Chauvin did not have one medical expert testify on his behalf. Just the Forensic Pathologist who reviewed the autopsy.. Chauven – Floyd: Over what? ‘A little bit of money’

Apparent Facts for the prosecution?

Twice a lethal dose of Fentanyl with assorted accessory drugs on board a man dying can have nothing to do with cause of death.

That  substantial heart disease including a 90 percent blockage could not have played a roll.

The autopsy report from Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office concludes the cause of death was “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” That conclusion, death due to heart failure, differs from the one reached by an independent examiner hired by the Floyd family; that report listed the cause of death as “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.”

That was the Prosecutor’s own medical examiner Dr. Andrew Baker. Prosecution would retain two additional Forensic Pathologists to refute some of their own Dr. Baker’s testimony – (remember he is the one who signed the death certificate) and Chauvin’s defense witness Dr. David Fowler who is now under attack.

Most importantly George Floyd’s arterial blood gas oxygen level after he arrived at the hospital was 98 percent!  Normal. At the time of his death. How was it that  he could have a normal oxygen level after being transported “flat lined” to the hospital and yet the cause of death has been asphyxiation? Lack of oxygen?

The question of excessive force used:

Autopsy: No areas of subcutaneous hemorrhage, soft tissue contusion (bruising), or other occult injury are found in the posterior neck, right and left lateral neck, shoulders, back, flanks, or buttocks

Layer by layer dissection of the anterior strap muscles of the neck discloses no areas of contusion (bruising) or hemorrhage within the musculature.

Use of placing Floyd in the prone position:

It was testified that placing individuals in the prone position – face down – does not necessarily cause death. Studies were introduced as evidence that obese individuals could possibly be at risk. In fact, Covid patients with reduced breathing capacity in the ICU were often placed in the prone position.

Floyd had complained “I can’t breathe” at the very beginning of the encounter with Chauvin.

Note contributing factors:

This image from video shows the certificate of death of George Floyd that was entered into evidence, as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over court Firday, April 9, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, at

Testimony of the girlfriend at trial indicated that just moments previous to the incident with Chauvin, Floyd had a “white foam” at the corners of his month. The same type foam and location as at the time of a drug overdose previously in March which necessitated his hospitalization, I paraphrase.

Several pills were found in Floyds car as well as in the police car. The pills tested indicated it was Fentanyl. The pill with his DNA was in the police car. Keep in mind he was already handcuffed at the time he was placed in the police car.

Lastly, how could Chauvin be convicted of all three charges each of which require dissimilar facts? Perhaps Manslaughter? Perhaps but keep in mind

Alt. juror in Chauvin trial on mob: ‘I was concerned they would come to my house’

Regardless of your take on a jury finding former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, it would be difficult to deny that the men and women sitting on that jury panel fully understood what the consequences would be if they voted for an acquittal.

And the Judge? What about him and the sentencing? The future cops on trial?

Finally and even more chilling, will witnesses for future defenses be intimated by the unlimited budgets of D.A’s offices that want to teach a lesson about Justice in this new world in which we now live.

For more details and autopsy repots read my previous post:

Chauven – Floyd: Over what? ‘A little bit of money’

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Minneapolis City Council essentially welcomes the DOJ taking over the police department

Justice Department to probe whether Minneapolis police have ‘pattern and practice’ of misconduct

The Template for what will happen to other police departments. DOJ will look for systemic bias in policing.

Minneapolis is more than George Floyd and Derek Chauven. It is the beginning of the takeover of police departments under the ruse of investigation of any number of things.This will set the precedent of federalizing the police. Let’s read the fine print of what our Attorney General Garland has in mind. Learn that the Mayor and City Council save one, are more than happy to turn their police department over the the DOJ. After all they want to disband the entire police department anyway. If the DOJ is not successful in reaching an agreement- whatever that may be – the DOJ is prepared to go to court

Council renews plan to replace the police department

In January 2021, Minneapolis City Council Members Phillipe Cunningham, Steve Fletcher, and Jeremy Schroeder introduced a new city charter amendment to establish a Department of Public Safety in Minneapolis to oversee policing, violence prevention, and community safety programs, and remove the direct oversight of the police by the mayor’s office. The amendment would also remove the city charter requirement to maintain a minimum number of police officers based on the city’s population. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he opposed the approach. The councilors hoped to put the amendment before voters in the 2021 November municipal election.[7][40]

Star Tribune:

The U.S. Department of Justice will undertake a sweeping investigation into whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a “pattern and practice” of illegal conduct, including whether officers used excessive force during protests.

The investigation, welcomed by 12 City Council members, Mayor Jacob Frey and the police chief, will seek to establish whether the state’s largest police department is engaging in practices that promote or allow systemic wrongdoing.

The investigation will also be separate from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights probe, announced after Floyd’s death, which will look at policies, procedures and practices over the past 10 years, and whether the department engaged in systemic discrimination.

If the Justice Department finds systemic wrongdoing, it will report its findings to the public. The federal civil rights division will seek to work with Minneapolis police, with input from the community, to identify ways to address the deficiencies.

If the civil rights division can’t reach an agreement with Minneapolis on how to reform the police department, the Justice Department has authority to file a lawsuit to force changes.

Chief vows cooperation

City officials, who learned of the investigation a half-hour before the public did, applauded the Justice Department for using its authority to reform Minneapolis police.

Every Minneapolis City Council member except for Alondra Cano signed onto a statement saying they “fully support” the federal investigators in holding accountable “any and all abuses of power and harms to our community and stand ready to aid in this process as full partners.”

“The City Council’s oversight of the Minneapolis Police Department has been historically constrained by the City Charter and state law and we welcome new tools to pursue transformational, structural changes to how the City provides for public safety.”

Mayor Frey also released a statement welcoming the investigation, saying Minneapolis must seize on this “generational opportunity” to improve life for the Black community.

More at Star Tribune

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday announces that the Department of Justice will investigate the practices of the Minneapolis police department, Justice Department officials told NBC News.

Just the beginning.

 

 

Yesterday my post included a background of three of the out of the mainstream council members. If you need a refresher

Minn City Council Candidate Encourages Rioters to Burn Down Wealthy Neighborhoods

Today I will add number four.  No less than Jeremiah Ellison, son of the infamous Keith Ellison, Minnesota’s Attorney General.

City Councilman Jeremiah Ellison explains disbanding police

The best of the council.

You betcha….. and we know why.

Here is where this is going:

Yes indeed.

What will be really interesting is that the Mayor and City Council will be up for re-election in November 21. The City will come face to face with their future. Will they continue this madness? Will cooler heads prevail? Stay tuned. This will be a hoot to watch. The Mayor’s race already has announced candidates.

Candidates

Declared

  • Jacob Frey, incumbent[5]
  • Kate Knuth, former DFL state representative and educator[6]
  • Sheila June Nezhad, community organizer[7]
  • A.J. Awed, Co-Executive Director of the Cedar-Riverside Community Council
  • Philip Sturm, former Marine[8]

My guess it will be ‘Sheila for the people” – she fits all of the boxes of misfits. The next Mayor. Wander over.

“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.”

….a worldwide revolution demanding the end of violent policing that started right here on Chicago Avenue. 

2020 changed me. I have always believed in the possibility of a revolution, of a more just world. This past year the people of Minneapolis taught me what walking toward justice really looks like.

My name is Sheila June Nezhad (she/her pronouns). I’m grateful to my parents for giving me an early start on a life of cross-cultural movement building. My parents chose my first and middle names “Sheila June” to be both Persian (my dad) and American (my Anishinaabe-Swedish-Norwegian mom). And my last name, Nezhad (pronounced “neh-zh-ahd”) roughly translates to “the people.”

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Chauven – Floyd: Over what? ‘A little bit of money’

 

What did we learn? That counterfeiting money is not a crime. Maybe a misdemeanor but nothing that the police should/would bother themselves over.

That twice a lethal dose of Fentanyl with assorted accessory drugs on board a man dying means nothing.

That  substantial heart disease including a 90 percent blockage could not have played a roll.

That the police officer charged named Derek Chauven never was offered a defense. At most a forensic pathologist. The Medical Examiner who actually was a defense witness in truth. The prosecutor who brought in outside forensic pathologists to discount their own Medical Examiner.

The dream team prosecutors were not from the prosecutor’s office but outside attorneys offering their services pro-bono with what appears to have been unlimited support resources. All save one who played a bit part so was reported.

An Expert for the defense that first offered themselves for the offense. Not one medical expert to rebut the hours of testimony from the prosecutor’s bevies of five medical experts. Cardiologists, pulmonologists, toxicologists, two more Forensic Pathologists to overcome their own Medical Examiner. Most of them offering themselves free of charge for the most part because “it was an important case.”

Weeks and weeks of prosecution testimony scrutinizing every inch of tape from every angle played over and over again. The defense? A couple of days.

A Defense attorney that by happen chance was Chauven’s attorney. His name was on a list it was reported and it was “his turn” – no show defense team for this police officer. His only help was a recent law school graduate who sat in the background and said nothing. No one to even bring in the defense witnesses to the witness stand. No one to manage the computer exhibits.

I watched the trial gavel to gavel via HLN which happened to have an excellent panel of experts from which most of this information has be taken.

The autopsy report from Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office concludes the cause of death was “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” That conclusion, death due to heart failure, differs from the one reached by an independent examiner hired by the Floyd family; that report listed the cause of death as “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.”

Yet post mortem he had an oxygen level of 98 percent~!!!!! An oxygen saturation of 95 to 100 percent is normal. 

NOTE: Contributing factors.

This image from video shows the certificate of death of George Floyd that was entered into evidence, as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over court Firday, April 9, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, at

 

Signed by Dr. Andrew M. Baker, it says Floyd had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on April 3. A post-mortem nasal swab confirmed that diagnosis. The report notes that because a positive result for coronavirus can persist for weeks after the disease has resolved, “the result most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent … positivity from previous infection.”

In addition to fentanyl and methamphetamine, the toxicology report from the autopsy showed that Floyd also had cannabinoids in his system when he died.

Floyd also had heart disease, hypertension and sickle cell trait — a mostly asymptomatic form of the more serious sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder that primarily affects African Americans.

If you want to know more than CNN is telling you … 20 pages in length.

https://www.hennepin.us/-/media/hennepinus/residents/public-safety/documents/floyd-autopsy-6-3-20.pdf

VI. Toxicology (see attached report for full details; testing performed on antemortem blood specimens collected 5/25/20 at 9:00 p.m. at HHC and on postmortem urine) A. Blood drug and novel psychoactive substances screens: 1. Fentanyl 11 ng/mL 2. Norfentanyl 5.6 ng/mL 3. 4-ANPP 0.65 ng/mL 4. Methamphetamine 19 ng/mL 5. 11-Hydroxy Delta-9 THC 1.2 ng/mL; Delta-9 Carboxy THC 42 ng/mL; Delta-9 THC 2.9 ng/mL 6. Cotinine positive 7. Caffeine positive B. Blood volatiles: negative for ethanol, methanol, isopropanol, or acetone C. Urine drug screen: presumptive positive for cannabinoids, amphetamines, and fentanyl/metabolite D. Urine drug screen confirmation: morphine (free) 86 ng/mL

 

Detailed Findings: Analysis and Comments Result Units Rpt. Limit Specimen Source Analysis By Caffeine Positive mcg/mL 0.20 001 – Hospital Blood LC/TOF-MS Cotinine Positive ng/mL 200 001 – Hospital Blood LC/TOF-MS 4-ANPP 0.65 ng/mL 0.10 003 – Hospital Blood LC-MS/MS 11-Hydroxy Delta-9 THC 1.2 ng/mL 1.0 001 – Hospital Blood LC-MS/MS Delta-9 Carboxy THC 42 ng/mL 5.0 001 – Hospital Blood LC-MS/MS Delta-9 THC 2.9 ng/mL 0.50 001 – Hospital Blood LC-MS/MS Methamphetamine 19 ng/mL 5.0 001 – Hospital Blood LC-MS/MS Fentanyl 11 ng/mL 0.10 001 – Hospital Blood LC-MS/MS Norfentanyl 5.6 ng/mL 0.20 001 – Hospital Blood LC-MS/MS Cannabinoids Presump Pos ng/mL 50 012 – Urine EIA This test is an unconfirmed screen. Confirmation by a more definitive technique such as GC/MS is recommended. Amphetamines Presump Pos ng/mL 500 012 – Urine EIA This test is an unconfirmed screen. Confirmation by a more definitive technique such as GC/MS is recommended. Fentanyl / Metabolite Presump Pos ng/mL 2.0 012 – Urine EIA This test is an unconfirmed screen. Confirmation by a more definitive technique such as GC/MS is recommended. Morphine – Free 86 ng/mL 25 012 – Urine LC-MS/MS Other than the above findings, examination of the specimen(s) submitted did not reveal any positive findings of toxicological significance by procedures outlined in the accompanying Analysis Summary. Reference Comments: 11-Hydroxy Delta-9 THC (Active Metabolite) – Hospital Blood: 11-Hydroxy Delta-9 THC is an active intermediate metabolite of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the active component of marijuana. Usual peak levels: Less than 10% of THC levels after smoking. 1. 4-ANPP (Despropionyl fentanyl) – Hospital Blood: 4-ANPP (despropionylfentanyl) is a precursor chemical used in the production of fentanyl and is also a fentanyl metabolite. It may be used in the production of other related compounds such as acetyl fentanyl, butyryl fentanyl and furanyl fentanyl and may be a metabolite of these and other fentanyl-related compounds. It is considered to be pharmacologically weak. 2. Amphetamines – Urine: Amphetamines are a class of central nervous system stimulant drugs, with some therapeutic uses, and a high potential for abuse. This result derives from a presumptive test, which may be subject to cross-reactivity with non-amphetamine related compounds. A second test is necessary to confirm the presence of amphetamine related compounds.

Autopsy:

NECK: Layer by layer dissection of the anterior strap muscles of the neck discloses no areas of contusion or hemorrhage within the musculature. The thyroid cartilage and hyoid bone are intact. The larynx is lined by intact mucosa. The thyroid is symmetric and red-brown, without cystic or nodular change. The tongue is free of bite marks, hemorrhage, or other injuries. The cervical spinal column is palpably stable and free of hemorrhage.

Heart: ……….Cross sections of the vessels show multifocal atherosclerosis, with 75% proximal and 75% mid narrowing of the left anterior descending coronary artery; 75% proximal narrowing of the 1st diagonal branch of the left anterior descending coronary artery; 25% proximal narrowing of the circumflex coronary artery; and 90% proximal narrowing of the right coronary artery. 

SPECIAL PROCEDURES: Incision and subcutaneous dissection of the anterior and lateral aspects of the wrists demonstrates no foci of contusion or hemorrhage deep to the skin on the right. In the left wrist, there is multifocal fascial hemorrhage, with approximately 3 mL liquid blood accumulation, in the tissue surrounding the flexor tendons. The exposed wrist musculature itself appears free of injury. An incision from the back of the head to the lower back, extending onto both buttocks, is dissected subcutaneously to the lateral aspects of the neck, the shoulders, and flanks. No areas of subcutaneous hemorrhage, soft tissue contusion, or other occult injury are found in the posterior neck, right and left lateral neck, shoulders, back, flanks, or buttocks.

Finally most importantly George Floyd’s oxygen level at the hospital was 98 percent! Post Mortem. How was it that  he could have a normal oxygen level after being transported “flat lined” to the hospital and yet the cause of death been asphyxiation?

 

The movie “Fargo comes to mind. Over what? A little bit of money. 

A counterfeit bill and a man who resisted arrest.

 

 

And the jury dutifully rendered their righteous verdict. Guilty. On all three counts??  Floyd? Oh he would have been dead in a couple of months probably anyway.  Gotten caught up in a drug deal. Overdosed. A cardiac arrhythmia. A heart attack.  A long long history of drugs and in March an overdose.

Now? The thin blue line grows thinner. Calls to nationalize the police. Derek Chauven?… how long will he last in prison?

The United States of America convulses in the death throes.

 

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