What is also clear is that George Floyd’s death was exploited to incite the massive BLM race riots that killed and wounded many people, destroyed lives, wrecked communities, tore apart a nation, and helped the Democrats take power.
The show trial now comes down to a very simple question, a few really, but one of the basic ones is what actually killed George Floyd.
Defense attorney Eric Nelson told the jury the autopsy found “a mixture of methamphetamine and fentanyl.”
“This is what’s called a Speedball – a mixture of an opioid and a stimulant,” Nelson said. “The evidence will show that Mr. Floyd died of a cardiac arrhythmia that occurred a result of hypertension, his coronary disease, ingestion of methamphetamine and fentanyl, and the adrenaline flowing through his body.”
The prosecution presented a starkly different picture.
“You will learn he (Floyd) did not die from a drug overdose,” said state attorney Jerry Blackwell, previewing the prosecution’s case.
“He did not die from an opioid overdose. Why? Because you will look at the video and see he looks absolutely nothing like someone who would die from an opioid overdose,” Blackwell said.
That’s a hell of a counterargument. It’s not a forensic argument. It’s a “go look at the video” argument. What that really means is that the prosecution has essentially abandoned the prospect of building a solid, forensic case, and is going to go on riding the video which helped sell the race riots.
But you’re not going to prove guilt by using a video when there is a sufficient alternative cause of death here.
Handwritten notes taken when the Medical Examiner briefed prosecutors on his findings suggest it was very high – but not necessarily fatal.
“If he were found dead at home alone and no other apparent causes, this could be acceptable to call an O.D. [Over Dose],” the notes say.
“Deaths have been certified with levels of 3,” the notes indicate. “But I am not saying this killed him.”
In short, there’s no clear answer, which means that there isn’t a basis for a conviction. The prosecution can’t disprove the strong possibility that George Floyd died of a drug overdose. All it can do is keep showing videos to the jury. This reminds me of the Freddie Gray case which similarly fell apart.
The George Floyd case has higher stakes, and so the question is whether the jury will do its job. Much of the country was dragged along by the political hysteria of the videos. But juries have in the past done their jobs in BLM cases. The question is will this jury uphold that tradition.
More California Latinos Than Whites Want to Dump Gov. Newsom
There’s a reason that Democrats are nervous about Latinos, and it’s a very good reason. It’s not that they don’t still have a majority of the Latino vote, they do. But the Latino vote remains erratic and unpredictable, the product of people who make up and change their own minds, than a bloc vote.
These Newsom recall numbers have good news for him, but bad news for Democrats watching the Latino vote.
Just 40% of voters said they would cast a ballot to recall Newsom if the election were held today, while nearly 46% said they’d vote to support the governor, according to a poll from Newport Beach-based Probolsky Research.
The picture looks even better for Newsom when looking at responses from likely voters. In that group, less than 35% support the recall and nearly 53% oppose it, with opponents also more likely to be certain about how they’ll vote.
Latinos are by far most likely to support the recall effort, according to Probolsky Research, which polled 900 voters statewide in mid-March. Nearly 45% of Latino voters favor a recall vs. 39% of white voters, 29% of Asian American voters and 19% of Black voters who feel the same.
When it comes to age groups, voters 50 to 64 years old are most likely to support booting the governor, while voters 65 and older, who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus, are least likely to favor the recall.
Newsom has been aggressively reopening the state and so the numbers for him have been improving, but a situation in which the Latino numbers have tilted against him has to be worrisome. Latino demographics helped flip California, but as these numbers show, the Latino vote is starting to look more hostile to the Democrat one-party state than the white vote. Considering how many working-class and middle-class white voters have fled California, that’s not surprising either.
Governor Newsom has been careful to appoint Latino officials, but it’s not enough.
To clarify the Probolsky numbers, a majority of Latinos support Newsom’s recall. As with Cuomo and Northam, black voters are Newsom’s political firewall. But demographics don’t favor that particular firewall and there’s a political car crash coming.