Report: Former defense attorney predicts Chauvin will be acquitted once jurors learn of Floyd’s fentanyl overdose

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN- Former defense attorney Edward Woodson recently appeared on “Patriotically Correct,” a conservative Minneapolis-based radio show to discuss what he believes will happen during the Derek Chauvin trial.

In speaking with the host, Stew Peters, Woodson discussed his thoughts on the likelihood that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin will be acquitted on charges relating to the death of George Floyd. 

According to reports, during the appearance Woodson began by noting that in a last minute move, the prosecution changed Chauvin’s charge to third degree murder. He said:

“They brought back the third degree murder charge because the second degree was imploding. It’s a Hail Mary, they knew that the case wasn’t supporting the facts.”

He added:

“If you look at more of the video, Floyd was talking about how he couldn’t breathe, right when he’s getting out of the car and they’re trying to get him into the police car, he’s complaining he can’t breathe.”

Woodson continued:

“That’s one of the signs of fentanyl overdose. The toxicology report how now come out, where he had 3 times the level of fentanyl needed to kill a human being, that and methamphetamine.”

The Minneapolis medical examiner reportedly found that Floyd had a toxic amount of fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system. The video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s back and neck went viral online and caused an uproar of protests in Minneapolis and across the country.

During his appearance, Woodson said:

“It’s interesting because if you looked at Minneapolis and their manual, he was following textbook, exactly how they’re trained.”

Peters, the host of the show and who himself spent years apprehending dangerous fugitives in partnership with law enforcement in Minneapolis, elaborated on the tactics used by Chauvin. He explained:

“This part of Minneapolis procedures, use of force training, it’s in their policy. This is a lateral neck restraint, commonly referred to as an LNR, LNVR, or VNR, a lateral vascular neck restraint, which in this case was more of just a straight vascular neck restraint.”

He added:

“It restricts blood flow to the brain, but does not commonly result in death. As a matter of fact, there are no cases where it’s proven that this restraint has caused any death.”

Wooden proceeded to suggest that once a jury is confronted with the solid facts surrounding Floyd’s death, they may be shocked to learn how normal the arrest would have been if not for Floyd being high on fentanyl and methamphetamines. He said:

“The facts have not come out. I think once a jury hears the facts of the case because think about this, if he died as the result of an overdose, in fact it was said, the ME in Minneapolis said, if they had found him, let’s say at his home and they found him dead, they would have declared he died of an overdose.”

He added:

“Again, he had enough fentanyl, just the fentanyl in his system to kill three human beings.”

Woodson went on to the suggest that the Minneapolis prosectors likely felt political pressure from the media and local elected officials to “over charge” in the case, regardless of the reality of Floyd’s death. He said:

“With these very high profile cases, where you see a lot of times the prosecution will over charge because they have to politically. This whole country changed because of, supposedly because of George Floyd. The whole country.”

He added:

“We’ve gone through this whole metamorphosis now, where we’re embroiled in the French Revolution. It the premise of this ie. the murder of George Floyd, isn’t a murder and it is an actual overdose, they you’ve got that whole narrative now flipped and we’ve gone to question now, the last year.”
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Revealed: Former AG Barr blocked Derek Chauvin plea deal that would have given 10 year sentence

February 11th, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Some interesting new details have come to light regarding the case against former police officer Derek Chauvin, as there was once reportedly a plea deal offered to him days after the death of George Floyd.

And apparently, former AG Bill Barr was the person to have stopped the plea bargain from going through.

Here’s the details on this latest development.

By now, most everyone is familiar with the case lodged against Chauvin as he has been charged in connection with the in-custody death of Floyd from back in May of 2020. Currently, Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Yet, just days after the death of Floyd, there was reportedly a plea bargain offered to Chauvin for third-degree murder – which Chauvin was reportedly willing to agree to.

Said plea bargain would have seen Chauvin serve a decade or more behind bars for the death of Floyd, which officials were in the process to rally up the press and announce that Chauvin had agreed to plead guilty.

But in order for the deal to go through, it would’ve had to have gotten the greenlight from then-AG Bill Barr, which Barr at the time said to pull the deal.

The reason Barr needed to approve the deal was that said deal would’ve seen Chauvin serve his sentence in federal prison.

The reported rationale for Barr’s decision was multifaceted, according to reports, with Barr at the time expressing concerns that a plea deal for third-degree murder would seem too lenient and that the investigation into the incident was far too early to begin entertaining potential plea bargains.

Furthermore, Barr was also said to have noted that the case was about to fall into the hands of state prosecutors who he felt would be best suited how to handle the case moving forward.

Chauvin’s trial is slated to begin on March 8th, but the scheduled trial itself is also causing concerns about the potential for unrest within the city of Minneapolis.

There are already reports coming in that employees in various downtown businesses are being told to not come in to work during the period of the trial, due to concerns over safety. Not to mention, reports of the National Guard being deployed to the area during the trial have also surfaced.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz was said to have added into his recent budget proposal a special $4.2 million allocation for security needed during the trial and a $35 million fund to reimburse local law enforcement agencies that may get called in to assist with any potential rioting during the trial.

With as contentious as this case and investigation has been, one could hardly contend with the concept that the trial of Chauvin – no matter the outcome – is going to be a magnet for varying degrees of protests and unrest.

Paul Butler, a former prosecutor who is a professor at Georgetown University, says that this case is hallmarked with being, “the most famous police brutality prosecution in the history of the United States.”

Considering what occurred in the wake of Floyd’s death, one would be hard to disagree with Butler’s notion.

Recently, Judge Peter A. Cahill had ordered that the trial of Chauvin be separate from the other three officers’ trials in connection with Floyd’s death, which the prosecution is actively trying to get that decision appealed.

But what has drawn the most concern over this trial is if Chauvin manages to be found not guilty, which could then set into motion a domino effect of riots akin to – or even worse than – the ones Minneapolis and several other major U.S. cities saw back in the summer of 2020.

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In other matters related to Minneapolis, and the aftermath of Floyd’s death, there was some recently introduced police policies with regard to the use of body worn cameras. 

We at Law Enforcement Today recently reported on this updated policy earlier in February. 

Here’s that recent report. 

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – A recent announcement by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo revealed that officers will no longer be allowed to deactivate their body cameras during the course of any response to an incident.

The news from the mayor and the police chief was delivered on February 1st and is one of many new policies that are being implemented within the MPD.

The policy change with respect to body cameras is that officers won’t be able to turn those cameras off, even if they’re attempting to engage in a private conversation, in the course of responding to an incident.

It’s unclear what, if any, caveats will arise from this newly implemented policy – but if anything, it’s likely to serve MPD officers’ best interests in the event that there any inquiries with regard to alleged inappropriate conduct during incident responses.

Policy changes within the MPD have been an ongoing endeavor since the in-custody death of George Floyd in May of 2020.

Some of the other notable policy changes that have been adopted in recent months were the banning of chokeholds and also requiring officers to announce their presence before executing a search warrant.

Of course, there are exceptions to curtailing the utilization of no-knock warrants such as circumstances involving hostages.

From the joint statement that was delivered on February 1st, both the mayor and the police chief see these efforts as measures that can be implemented to re-instill “transparency” in police work and also “accountability”:  

“Strengthening accountability and increasing transparency have been cornerstones of our community safety work.”

“This update helps leadership provide a more complete and accurate picture during and after incidents, and puts officers in a better position to hold each other accountable.”

On February 4th, the policy with respect to body worn cameras will go into effect.

Chief Arradondo explained how important of a role body worn cameras play in the realm of “critical events”:

“We’ve seen as a community and as a police force, body camera footage increasingly plays a crucial role in understanding critical events in our community.”

“Accountability is not achieved with any single solution, but changes like this move us toward an even more transparent approach to public safety and building trust with the communities we serve.”

Now with this policy update regarding body worn cameras not being able to be turned off during incident responses, it does not mean that publicly released footage regarding critical incidents will showcase anything that might be of a sensitive and/or ongoing investigative nature needing to remain clandestine.

Reportedly, conversations between officers that are captured in the footage with respect to tactics or sensitive information can be redacted prior to a public release.

All this policy enforces is that MPD officers cannot turn off their body worn cameras while on a response call.

What the policy was before this change was introduced was that MPD officers were specifically required to activate their body worn cameras prior to interacting with an individual who reported an incident, a victim, suspect or witness – as well as activating those cameras upon dispatch and actions taken in a law enforcement capacity.

But, before this new policy was launched, officers could switch the body worn cameras off during instances such as internal interactions while at the scene of an incident.

However, that will no longer be an option.

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