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The George Floyd Murder? New Film Questions Assumptions About 2020 Incident

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2023
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As riots again fill the news, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is in the news as well. Chauvin’s appeal to the U. S. Supreme Court to grant him a new trial based upon the denial by the Minnesota judge who oversaw his trial to change the venue and sequester the jury has been rejected. He is currently appealing yet again on the basis that his attorney did not inform him of a Kansas doctor’s theory about the cause of George Floyd’s death. Many Americans who watched the viral footage of Chauvin kneeling for nine minutes on top of Floyd have assumed that it was obvious that Chauvin was the cause of his death based on what they saw and what the jury decided in the case. Revelations that Chauvin did have a record of misconduct in the past involving excessive force (he was given two reprimands) made it seem obvious that the story Americans were told about this incident had to be true.

Now, however, a haunting and emotional new documentary, The Fall of Minneapolis, raises disturbing questions about the George Floyd story that was used both to convict Chauvin and three fellow officers (as well as justify the riots of 2020) even for those who might have thought the case was cut-and-dried—and closed. Even more so, it exposes just how feckless was the Minnesota leadership that simply allowed those “mostly peaceful protesters” to burn and loot large swaths of a once beautiful city.

Based on Alpha News journalist Liz Collin’s bestseller They’re Lying: The Media, The Left, and The Death of George Floyd and directed by Dr. J. C. Chaix, “The Fall of Minneapolis” (available for free on Rumble or at the movie’s website) is an hour and forty-two minutes of intense examination of the evidence in the Floyd case that shows that Chauvin’s recent request for an appeal, based on his lawyer’s failure to inform him of the Kansas doctor’s judgment from the autopsy that Floyd most likely died from a tumor that can cause an adrenaline surge, is not crazy at all.

The movie begins with a silent pan of the scene in what was known in 2020 as the George Floyd Autonomous Zone in Minneapolis. It then pivots to security and body-cam footage of the George Floyd affair. Instead of simply showing those minutes of kneeling on Floyd, this footage shows what led up to those viral minutes and it pauses the film to identify in words what is happening and when the film contradicts the narrative.

 Floyd had tried to pass counterfeit bills in a local store and been acting erratically, which is why police were called. When they arrived, Floyd was outside at the wheel of a car with friends in the passenger and rear seats. Floyd, labeled “visibly drunk” by the store clerk who called 911, was disturbed in the car, not obeying officer Thomas Lane’s commands and shouting nonsensical and false things. One thing he shouted, however, was significant. Long before he was on the ground, Floyd is heard to shout: “I can’t choke [sic]. I can’t breathe.” If his death was caused by Chauvin’s knee choking him, why was he saying this well before (and repeating it) there was any pressure on him?

Along with this detail, we see who arrests him—black officer Alex Kueng. Why was this detail not emphasized in reports of the incident? Though left-wing activists like to claim that even black cops are motivated by white supremacy, this fact would have complicated the story significantly.

But much more was not widely known about this incident. Most people have no idea that thirty-six seconds after Floyd was put on the ground, one officer called for emergency services. Additionally, when the ambulance did arrive after an extremely long time due to miscommunications between emergency services and the fire department, Officer Thomas Lane performed chest compressions on Floyd. If there was evil intent on the officers’ parts, why did they immediately call for medical help and why did they assist in helping him themselves?

The film pivots from this first run through the events that set everything off to a look at what happened next. Through footage interspersed with interviews of former and (at least one) active Minneapolis police officers, viewers are walked through the week of rioting that followed—the fall to which the title refers in part.

Many of these officers, strong men and women, are still visibly shaken by the events they saw. Perhaps even more shaken by the memory of how their city’s leadership not only didn’t support them, but stopped them from fighting back and, in many cases, even trying to stop the violence. One officer notes that though he had been involved in many protests, he thought those days more akin to “wartime” experience. Another describes it as “third world” violence. Pelted by water bottles, rocks, sticks, bricks, hubcaps, and Molotov cocktails, and hearing shots being fired amid what one called “utter chaos,” these officers were told by superiors to “observe and report” as the mobs looted and burned stores and other establishments. As one officer says, “They weren’t doing anything to control the riots. They didn’t let us do our jobs.”

What was perhaps most disturbing was the surrender of the Third Precinct to the mobs. Never before have American police simply turned over a police station to a mob. And yet this is what Minneapolis did. Several officers recall seeing trucks arriving earlier on that day to collect all the memorabilia and equipment from the police station, only realizing later that the decision had been made without informing the Third Precinct’s officers what was happening. When the officers there were told to abandon the station, they were forced to ram a police cruiser through a fence and flee the scene, which one officer said “looked like a zombie movie.”

Even after the riots, chaos reigned in Minneapolis. An already undermanned police department started hemorrhaging officers steadily as the officers realized that nobody had their back. The 2021 trial of Derek Chauvin showed that politicians and even some senior officers, including MPD chief Medaria Arredondo, were also willing to stab them in the back.

Though many assumed Chauvin’s trial was simple, it wasn’t even clear that it should have taken place, especially given the autopsy. Revealing Floyd had three times the amount of fentanyl considered fatal in his system, as well as methamphetamines, and severe hypertension, but without any signs of asphyxia or damage to his neck, Floyd’s autopsy gave no reason to think he was murdered. Later declarations by doctors paid by lawyer Ben Crump contradicted the original autopsy by Hennepin County Medical Examiner Andrew Baker, but they had not examined the body. In one scene, viewers see the transcript of Hennepin County prosecutor Amy Sweasy’s August 2023 testimony in a different case. There she reveals that Dr. Baker had called her to say he found no evidence of asphyxia, strangulation, or structural damage to Floyd’s neck. “He said to me,” ‘Amy, what happens when the actual evidence doesn’t match up with the public narrative that everyone’s already decided on?’ And then he said, ‘This is the kind of case that ends careers.’”

One revealing bit of footage shows that when the paramedics arrived and hooked him up to oxygen, the tube was…not connected to the oxygen cannister. Yet two days after meeting with the examining doctor, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison decided to charge Chauvin with second degree murder.

Once it began, the trial was a circus. The city of Minneapolis settled a massive civil suit with George Floyd’s family for $27 million while jurors were being selected and the trial itself was held behind barbed wire and with National Guard soldiers protecting it, thus ensuring that there would be immense pressure on any jury to convict. The film gives many more details, but three actions of Judge Peter Cahill were key. He refused to allow into the court 1) any evidence of George Floyd’s previous drug arrests, 2) any evidence of miscommunications between the fire department and emergency services, and, most importantly, 3) evidence that the technique used by Derek Chauvin, known as Maximum Restraint Technique (MRT) was part of his training.

In an immensely moving interview scene, Chauvin’s mother holds up her son’s training manuals, which clearly have the technique described and illustrated in them. Close-ups of training documents show that it was approved both by the city and the police department. A close-up of the illustration shows that Chauvin was doing exactly what his training had taught him. While Cahill would not allow this into evidence, he did allow questioning of Chief Arredondo about Chauvin’s technique. Arredondo’s testimony that he knew nothing about it is belied not only by the manuals but also the many interviewed officers who all say on camera that they were trained the same way.

This film is powerful and revisionist—but it’s not out of the blue. George Parry, a former federal prosecutor and chief of the police brutality/misconduct office in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, argued in 2020, on the basis of many of the points covered in the movie, that “the proof” of Chauvin’s and his colleagues’ “innocence is undeniable.” He and others who argued in a similar vein were largely ignored at the time. Minnesota’s leaders, from Arredondo to Mayor Jacob Frey to Governor Tim Walz, all lined up to demonize Chauvin and the three other officers in the name of justice. They all allowed Minneapolis to burn and fall. What they unleashed with their cries about “justice” was the reign of injustice in that city.   

Three years later, the understaffed Minneapolis Police Department, which had 892 officers when George Floyd died, now has 512 as of September 2023. Though Frey and Walz ritually intone that crime is down, stats show otherwise. Crime is now rampant everywhere, with carjackings going from 101 in 2019 to 524 in 2022. A report last week showed that according to the city’s own crime dashboard, in seven of eleven categories, 2023 numbers are higher than ever. In fact, the city had already demolished its own prior record for car thefts by September, and with more than a month left in the year, already 7000 cars have been stolen.

As one who lived in the Twin Cities from 2001 to 2022, watching this film about those days of 2020 was very difficult. The first night of the riots, St. Paul, where I lived, also suffered looting and burning. A gas station three blocks from my house and next to the university at which I taught, was burned down. If St. Paul shook, Minneapolis, where those riots went on for four more days, truly did fall. A family living in Minneapolis whose children went to school with my children appealed (successfully) to the community to help them leave their neighborhood, which was plagued by gunfire. When I last went down Lake Street this past summer on a visit, many of the buildings were still rubble.  

What was worst, however, was the sense that the establishment media and the left-wing government were keeping people from asking questions about the truth of this narrative—

body cam footage was kept from the public for months—and using Floyd’s death and the destruction of their city for political ends. Fiat iustitia ruat caelum is an old Latin saying. It means, “Let justice be done, though the heavens may fall.” What The Fall of Minneapolis demonstrates so clearly is that though justice was on the lips of these leaders, there was precious little done.

Will Minneapolis and Minnesota come back from their fall? Right now it looks like they will not. Just this weekend, it was reported that, despite the low numbers of officers—and 168 eligible for retirement this year or next—the Minneapolis City Council rejected a $15 million plan for retention and recruitment of new officers. But if the city and state do rise again, it will be because of brave journalists such as Liz Collin at Alpha News who have dared to ask the questions that too many journalists, politicians, and judges did not dare to raise—or allow to be raised. And it will be because of officers such as Sergeant Rich Walker, who says he stayed on the Minneapolis force because “I could not let evil win.”

David P. Deavel teaches at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, and is a Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative. Follow him on X @davidpdeavel.

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PaulE
PaulE
6 months ago

The Democrats and MSM used the death of George Floyd as a excuse or pretext to justify stoking a wave of unprecedented violence and vandalism across this country ahead of the 2020 election. Never forget the Democrat saying “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. When a crisis doesn’t exist, the Democrat Party and the MSM are more than happy to fabricate one to supply their needs.

LMB
LMB
6 months ago

This is what I’ve said all along with this classic overdose!! The coroner was pushed by the DA, Mayor/etc., to say it was murder!! And a Judge declined an Appeal by one of the cops in prison for this fraud!!! What do you expect from a Leftist city running scare of the criminal element in the city!!

anna hubert
anna hubert
6 months ago

Had Chauvin been black there would be no murder just a normal police procedure dealing with the heavy duty drug user

mary
mary
6 months ago

Thank you AMAC. May the Truth come to light in America.

Melinda
Melinda
6 months ago

Thank you for this account, David. I have long believed that Officer Chauvin was railroaded and this confirms it. I hope he someday gets justice for himself.

Jackie
Jackie
6 months ago

This was a horrible time in our nation’s history but it was made worse because the media is who they are, they didn’t tell the truth, they didn’t tell the whole story because it didn’t suit their agenda!! Is Soros behind this; he very well could be since the whole purpose was to destroy Republicans! That’s always their point – get those nasty Republicans!! Tell whatever lies you need to and leave out whatever you need to!!! I’m excited to watch this film!

granky
granky
6 months ago

The left with the media they control took a useless burden on society and turned him into a martyr. The result was millions of dollars in damage, a city that is basically destroyed and a society that is so divided it may never recover. Congratulations.

Golfhoncho
Golfhoncho
6 months ago

It was all based upon one huge Leftist lie! And, the massive ensuing damage to the socio-economic-political fabric of our once great Republic continues!

Patriot Will
Patriot Will
6 months ago

From the beginning, rational Americans knew that Floyd was mainly responsible for his own death. Floyd refused to cooperate with the police and was a walking time bomb ready to die at any moment. He was seriously compromised with his health issues and abundance of ingested illegal drugs. Those Americans who mainly blame the police for Floyd’s demise are ignorant and/or racist. Had Floyd been a white person his death would have been ignored by the Marxist media. If more people don’t wise up and stop expecting less from blacks than from whites, our country will soon reach the point of no return.

Robin W Boyd
Robin W Boyd
6 months ago

This entire incident was fueled by Progressives who want to pit citizens against one another based on our ethnic backgrounds. Obviously, the police could have done things differently that would not have been so callous and seemingly overly militant. That does not mean that the officers did not still have the best interest of those being put upon with criminal actions as well as the criminal himself. George Floyd was not a good person. He was not cooperating with police after having committed a crime. It was mere coincidence that Floyd’s current health issues erupted during his arrest.
The biggest negative of this issue is how so many are idolizing a mostly bad person based on manipulations from Progressives who want to divide us as citizens. Divided, we fall. We have fallen hard because of the way this incident has been used and abused by those who don’t want us to be united as American citizens.

Jim
Jim
6 months ago

The George Floyd “murder” narrative changed America forever. And, it appears it was all planned and executed by the left and the media. George Floyd reached sainthood. All police are racist and need to be defunded. The black race has become the untouchable master race in America, wreaking crime and havoc everywhere with little fear of arrest, posting bail or being prosecuted. Corporations and the media bow down to BLM and prioritize blacks in all aspects of their operations. For example, most company commercials now feature black people. If an alien visitor to America landed and watched some commercials they would think that most of the population of America was black instead of the current 13%. It’s racial bias and reverse racism. The “woke” revolution has taken over America and was started by the Floyd incident.

JAMES
JAMES
6 months ago

The Judicial system is broken….the truth becomes a lie…..the lie becomes the truth .

Paul Davis
Paul Davis
6 months ago

Chauvin did not administer the drugs that killed him. If he could not breath how did he fill his lungs with the air to continually protest that he could not breathe? RE fund the police and purge Chauvin’s record. He did his job.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
6 months ago

The cop got railroaded. Kyle L.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
6 months ago

The so-called “choking” is pretty standard and can be seen used in numerous episodes through the decades/years on the tv series “Cops”. Failing to render aid? Manslaughter maybe? But I didn’t think (assuming Cauvin was to blame) it rose to a murder 2nd charge. But the trial, naturally, became politicized like Amanda Knox’s Italian trial tainted by confirmation bias.

Granny26
Granny26
6 months ago

They have said it was a fentanyl overdose from the beginning…only an idiot would think otherwise. All a big liberal grandstand as usual. No one should be in prison because of it.

Fred
Fred
6 months ago

This info came out in the beginning from the autopsy, Floyd died from a drug overdose including fentanyl,l but it didn’t fit the awful narrative the media and Bidum wanted, so they created a different one, that Chauvin murdered Floyd! They also implicated the other 3 police officers who were new and junior to Chauvin. The whole thing was a put up job with Bidum at the helm and 4 police officers screwed.

Vince
Vince
6 months ago

I would love to ask his family, if it was possible to return him to life, would they give back the 20 some odd million bucks? Not in a million years

Dave
Dave
6 months ago

Derek Chauvin did not kill George Floyd George Floyd killed himself with fentanyl. Chauvin Followed Department protocol which looked awful and stupid but by no means should this guy be serving 22 years in prison just to appease blacks  and the Marxist black lives, matter organization! 

Jeri
Jeri
6 months ago

How do those telling the lies live with themselves day and day out? Can’t convince me that they don’t know their entire existence is a lie. Look forward to the day God takes them home and sorts this out.

CB
CB
6 months ago

He was doomed from the beginning. He was the excuse the left, blm, and antifa were looking for to riot, loot and mame. Funny how the clowns in the doj
Can find people from the January 6 farce, but haven’t arrested any of the scum from the “summer of love”. Could it be because of their shin tone?

Ladybug
Ladybug
6 months ago

Chauvin’s verdict certainly should have been NOT GUILTY. I admit when I first heard the story my thoughts were “DIRTY COP” but then I saw the video and immediately changed my view!! Floyd was very obviously intoxicated and/or under the influence of drugs. Then we learned he had just committed a crime. He knew he was guilty and resisted. However, we learned he had covid and between that and all his breathtaking resisting and yelling and the excitement with hypertension was enough to kill him because he used his breath to fight. On the other hand, Chauvin tried to do his job of subduing and arresting. He did NOT have his knee on Floyd’s neck and was simply following the technique he was taught in his training. Don’t forget other cops were there and all were yelling and trying to take Floyd down. Chauvin’s brothers on the scene also, they failed him in the end, his department, city, state and the judge failed him. He was essentially railroaded to a prison sentence!! I hold the SUPREME COURT in high regard but this time they have made a supremely bad decision. An innocent man is rotting in prison. Everything shows exactly what happened, the autopsy showed no asphyxiation, and he had enough Fentanyl in his blood to have killed most people immediately. Last commment is he should have never been tried in Minnesota!!!! Chauvin is INNOCENT!!! SUCH A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE!!!!

Bill
Bill
6 months ago

I didn’t know any of this. Hopefully a future Governor can effect a commutation or a pardon.

Mike
Mike
6 months ago

If Floyd had been white we never would have even heard about it.

Barbara
Barbara
6 months ago

I knew Officer Chauvin was not guilty of anything but doing his job. This criminal thug was touted as some kind of hero when he should have been called out for the criminal life he led. It was all to get Donald Trump out of office by causing mayhem and destruction across our nation. Please not every large city with Democratic leadership had these riots and did nothing to the rioters who were obviously very organized.

michaelR
michaelR
6 months ago

Hears the overwhelming evidence that Floyd OD’d. When Floyd was being helped off the ground before they tried to get him into the back of their police vehicle, one of the officers asked Floyd if he’d done any drugs, as he’d observed foam around Floyd’s mouth. Floyd responded that he’d been “hoopen” earlier. What’s hoopen?? That’s when you take a quantity of drugs and insert them up your rectum. Since that area of your body can be a direct absorption point into your system, the affects of any drugs will be magnified as there’s no stomach fluids, such as when you take drugs the normal way through your mouth, that would minimize and have a timed affect entering your system. That would mean areas in your body, heart rate, respiratory system and brain function would all be compromised. There’s also speculation that the foam around Floyd’s mouth was caused by Floyd having swallowed additional drugs that were in the SUV he was driving. When alerted by one of his passengers there was a police man approaching them, Floyd panicked and swallowed the evidence. That’s why he was acting like an incoherent fool with the first two cops. By the time Chauvin got there Floyd was high as a kite and sounded like it as well. While yes, it would be trauma to anybody being held on the ground, it was Floyd’s drug induced respiratory system that was compromised. There have been past cases where “hoopen” drugs has caused deaths as well. We’ve all read countless articles pertaining to fentanyl and that it can kill anyone, EXCEPT FLOYD ???? What we saw in that video clip as rank as may have looked,…..DID NOT KILL FLOYD.

James Janzig
James Janzig
6 months ago

The leadership in Minnesota as been corrupt for many years

Richard
Richard
6 months ago

Once again we find important facts shown in this article were never made public. Justice was never done as a result. But burning and looting that followed, not only in Minnesota, was very much a result of a weak city government who failed to support the citizens and their police. The surrender of the Third Precinct to a mob failed to start the process of justice, law and order. Sickening and yet it goes on today in other situations. Not to mention at the U. S. border.

Russ
Russ
6 months ago

Manipulating evidence to get a conviction used to be illegal and not allowed by judges. Times have changed. Ellison and the FBI agents who bastardized the coroners findings should be in prison

Paul
Paul
6 months ago

A key witness for the prosecution was Dr. Pierre Kory. Kory has since lost his board certification which might help Chauvin’get a new trial.

Deborah
Deborah
6 months ago

President Trump. Save us, from this “witch hunt”.

Bruce Davidson
Bruce Davidson
6 months ago

Meanwhile, on the AARP website, members continue to memorize their hero George Floyd.

Jackie
Jackie
6 months ago

Excellent article. I live about 40 miles north of Minneapolis and my husband and I do not go there unless absolutely necessary. It’s so sad what has happened to the city.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
6 months ago

Floyd was a junkie. What use was he ?

larry doupnik
larry doupnik
6 months ago

i viewed “the fall of minneapolis” a couple days ago and found it to be outstandingly fantastic. i am wanting to purchase a copy of it for historical reasons. liz did a fabulous job at presenting the information. i never knew anything about the pig faces since no news source mentioned that! unfortunately, i don’t expect to see any accounting for the individuals who lied under oath. the same holds true for the people imprisoned for the january 6th issue. they should not be rotting in jail either. and today chauvin was stabbed in prison. will anyone be held accountable for that?

SirRod
SirRod
6 months ago

Read your KJ Bible these are the End Times spoken of in Revelations.
first will be last n the last will bw first
peoples minds have been seared to the truth.
Israel is under attack by most of the world
Jesus Christ is soon to return for the Church.
The world is almost at mid-tribulation look for the anti christ soon…

Jim
Jim
6 months ago

The left is trying desperately to create a war. They don’t care if it’s between blacks and whites or Muslims and Christians. They need something so they can come in, take over, and implement all of their socialist agenda. This is how it was done in Russia only it was between workers and the rich. The left found that the rich/poor plot wasn’t going to work here, so they decided to go with a racial war.

Dave O'Neil
Dave O'Neil
6 months ago

Great article. Thanks for setting us straight on the events. Now Derek has been stabbed
so what next?

James
James
6 months ago

In light of this presentation, it actually seems appropriate that the State of Minnesota is presently considering using the Communist hammer and sickle symbol on their state flag.

John Riley
John Riley
6 months ago

With all this coming to light, where does the ACLU stand on this??

Redticket
Redticket
6 months ago

The truth needs to be told. I am excited to watch this movie. Floyd died of a drug overdose in my opinion.

Terry Brinker
Terry Brinker
6 months ago

I just watched this documentary. I hope others see this. Thanks to all involved in making this.

M Plecki
M Plecki
6 months ago

This is happening in all the big cities run by democrats. Let’s think about the why of it. What better way is there to devalue real estate than to make it uninhabitable. Then, what better way to gobble it up at severely distrust prices? To me, this looks like nothing more than a land grab by Leftist politicians and the people that support them. As an example, search who bought land at a distressed price after the Maui Hawaii fire. What do you think?

Mark O Surprise, AZ
Mark O Surprise, AZ
6 months ago

Choven an inmate of the federal prison in Tucson was put in general population (rare for prior law enforcement) and was severely attacked and stabbed several times, not sure if he will recover.

Cubby
Cubby
6 months ago

A MUST READ

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
6 months ago

Trump just lost the black vote. Biden got together with a group of blacks and held hands and did Cum -ba-Ya. Game over That’s how you win the black vote.
If Trump had been on the ball he would have done Cum-ba-ya with blacks before Biden.

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