Toxicology report for George Floyd pinned to Black History Month display honoring ‘black victims of police violence’

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DURHAM, NC- A prestigious East Coast University is investigating an incident involving George Floyd’s toxicology report. 

Duke University, which is located in Durham, North Carolina, is apparently investigating how a printout of George Floyd’s toxicology report, with comments insinuating that drugs played a roll in his death, ended up pinned to a Black History Month bulletin board display on campus, according to the school and reports.

According to reports, Duke University had a bulletin board displayed which honored black victims of police violence. On Saturday, March 20th, the toxicology report was found pinned to the display, and allegedly had handwritten remarks in pink pen written on it that said:

“Mix of drugs presents in difficulty breathing! Overdose? Good Man? Use of fake currency is a felony!”

As Law Enforcement Today reported, the police interaction with Floyd occurred in May of 2019, when police stopped a vehicle that Floyd was riding in. Video evidence from the police worn body cameras captured the incident which showed that Floyd refused orders to place his hands on the dash of the car and to exit. 

Instead, Floyd is seen shoving what is described as pills in his mouth in attempts to prevent officers from charging him with possession of drugs without a prescription. 

Floyd’s death sparked “anti-racism” riots which lasted for months and spanned from Coast to Coast. 

The New York Times reported that originally, the Hennepin County medical examiner announced Floyd, 46, had “recent methamphetamine use” and “fentanyl intoxication,” as well as hypertension and coronary artery disease, and said they were possible contributing factors to his death. 

According to reports, Matt Mohn, a freshman at the University, was the student who found the flyer pinned to the board, and called the act “audacious”. Mohn reported the situation to his resident adviser, and the flyer was removed approximately 30 minutes later. 

Mohn said:

“All of a sudden, someone comes up and is essentially sticking a thumb in the face of every black person, saying his life didn’t matter, that he wasn’t a good person, because of one $20 bill,” 

Mohn went on to say:

“I was just really, really surprised by it, that someone would put that much effort into trying to strip someone of their humanity for no reason.”

Another freshman, who is black, saw a photo of the flyer and said he was “honestly terrified.”  

Michael Manns said:

“That happened right down the hall from where I sleep, from where I’m supposed to be safe,”  

He continued:

“The thought that it could be someone I’ve lived with all these months really terrified me.” 

Duke University released a letter to the student body which said the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, the Office for Institutional Equity, and the Duke University Police Department are probing the incident and asked anyone with information to come forward.

The letter said if Duke students are found to be responsible for the flyer, sanctions will be issued.

The letter stated:

“Any incident that is motivated in whole or part by an individual’s race, warrants ‘acceleration’ or elevation of sanctioning due to the impact on the community,”

It went on to say:

“If the investigation does not identify a responsible student, we will inform the community of that outcome on or before April 15 as part of our monthly conduct update. We are also working closely with our Campus Life departments to provide direct outreach to Black-identified students. Additional support resources available to all students are included below the signature of this message.” 

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Here is more on the original story Law Enforcement Today brought you on a Judge’s decision to allow video of George Floyd eating drugs during his arrest. 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – In what could be a blow to the prosecution, the judge in charge of the criminal case of the death of George Floyd while in police custody will allow previous arrest footage showing Floyd ingesting drugs and acting in the same manner in 2019. 

This could well serve the defense as it may bolster their claims that the Minneapolis Police Officers did not cause his death, and it was really caused by an overdose of narcotics.

The police interaction with Floyd occurred in May of 2019 when police stopped a vehicle that Floyd was riding in. Video evidence from the police worn body cameras captured the incident which showed that Floyd refused orders to place his hands on the dash of the car and to exit. 

Instead, Floyd is seen shoving what is described as pills in his mouth in attempts to prevent officers from charging him with possession of drugs without a prescription. Floyd, according to the Washington Post, immediately became unreasonably concerned that officers would shoot him:

“Don’t shoot me, man, please. I don’t want to get shot.”

An officer responded:

“I don’t plan on shooting you.”

However, after Floyd was ordered to exit the vehicle, one officer is seen removing his firearm and another his Taser.  This is, of course, because Floyd was acting erratic and based on his refusal to obey lawful orders, officers were forced into that course of action to get him to comply.

Officers were able to get Floyd out of the vehicle and secure him with handcuffs. As officers searched the car, Floyd began crying and was begging for his “mama.”

Once Floyd calmed, officers were able to rationally speak to him and were told that he was addicted to pain killers. Floyd also admitted that he had swallowed seven to eight Percocet pills prior to exiting the vehicle. 

Police called for medical assistance due to his intentional overdose of the powerful pain killer. When medics arrived on scene, they noted that Floyd’s elevated blood pressure was a significant concern.

Floyd was eventually lead away in the backseat of a police vehicle, however, there does not appear to be any record of him being charged in the case. While no one knows for sure yet, it could be because Floyd became a cooperating witness in another case, as a confidential informant. 

Earl Gray, on October 15th, a defense attorney for the officers charged in the case, said that the video was necessary to combat a “false narrative” that Floyd was a normal law-abiding citizen. He is also concerned that the prosecution is claiming that Floyd was afraid for his life during the encounter due to the officers.

“The state is portraying Mr. Floyd as somebody he isn’t.”

The prosecution fought releasing the video from the 2019 incident and did not want it used at trial. A move that Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill denied. Cahill explained his reason for the denial:

“[The video is] one small piece of evidence which shows basically what everybody already knows: George Floyd was arrested on another occasion.”

Gray contends that his former officer clients are innocent in the death of Floyd and that it was really a drug overdose that killed him. Gray wrote in a previous court filing:

“All [Floyd] had to do is sit in the police car, like every other defendant who is initially arrested. While attempting to avoid his arrest, all by himself, Mr. Floyd overdosed on Fentanyl. “

“Given his intoxication level, breathing would have been difficult at best. Mr. Floyd’s intentional failure to obey commands, coupled with his overdosing, contributed to his own death.”

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