The Derek Chauvin Show Trial

Morries Hall, George Floyd’s alleged drug dealer, who was allegedly in the car with Floyd and his girlfriend that fateful day (May 25, 2020), invoked his First Amendment right against self-incrimination. Why? His lawyer contends that anything Hall says about his activity with George Floyd could leave him vulnerable to being charged with the murder of George Floyd.

How could Hall be vulnerable to (third degree) murder charges? Because Floyd ingested more than three times the lethal dose of fentanyl in pills combined with methamphetamine and Floyd’s girlfriend, Courteney Ross, is a witness to Hall providing Floyd with those drugs. Her testimony is supported by the physical evidence. In addition to the autopsy and toxicology reports of the drugs in Floyd’s system, pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine were recovered from the car Floyd was driving, as well as on the floor of the squad car where Floyd violently resisted arrest—with Floyd’s saliva on them.

The state could give Hall qualified immunity to receive his testimony, which is obviously relevant, indeed crucial to the case. But this would mean calling a witness that could potentially exonerate Chauvin of the charges levels against him. Hall’s testimony would at the very least buttress the defense case that it was a lethal dose of fentanyl (combined with other drugs and other factors) that killed Floyd, not a nonlethal control hold (safely used hundreds of times by officers of the Minneapolis Police Department). Wouldn’t justice demand that the state grant Hall qualified immunity and compel him to testify? After all, only the prosecution can do that. Why won’t they? And why isn’t Hall on trial for the third degree murder of George Floyd? The answers are obvious to me.

The case against Chauvin is a travesty of justice. The state is pursuing this case against reason. Knowing now that Floyd had consumed an extremely high dose of fentanyl, the evidence that Floyd was overdosing is present the moment he is extracted from the car. Watch the entire tape. Floyd keeps repeating “I can’t breathe.” He says this more than two dozen times, many times before he goes to the ground (at his request). Shortness of breath is the most common sign of fentanyl overdose. Estimated to be up to 50 times stronger than heroin, Fentanyl is considered especially dangerous because it interferes with breathing. Death from fentanyl is typically hypoxia caused by drug-induced asphyxia. Moreover, Floyd had congestive heart failure (75 percent arterial blockage), was hypertensive, had an adrenal disorder, and was suffering from COVID-19.

What we are witnessing is a show trial orchestrated to perpetuate a false narrative, namely that the police are racist and that George Floyd is a martyr to the cause of racial justice. Chauvin is a human sacrifice to appease an angry and irrational mob. The perceived legitimacy of months of deadly and destructive rioting depend on a trial and a guilty verdict. If the second shoe doesn’t drop, if Chauvin is acquitted, expect more rioting (we hear the threats).

Is there any evidence Chauvin is a racist? Had he contributed in some way Floyd’s death, how would that support the claim of systemic racism in policing? Yet the media reports on this case as if it is a slam-dunk for the prosecution and, furthermore, that it’s not just a racist police officer on trial, but racist policing in America.

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Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin is on the faculty of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in books, encyclopedia, journals, and newspapers.

One thought on “The Derek Chauvin Show Trial”

  1. This is a trend now and the sheep herd is more than willing to follow. The term “Racism” has lost its original meaning for me. If someone had called me a racist 20 years ago, I would have been upset. Today it means nothing to me because this expression has been abused for a long time by many. Some groups / people call everyone who does not agree with them racists in a kind of casual way. It’s the easiest way to tarnish someone with a fairly broad concept that is difficult to define. What will be the next trend?
    Just as in the fashion industry, the music industry and the film industry, trends are created in the legal field.
    It’s the same in the business world. Right now, everyone must be climate-smart, stand for sustainable development and be environmentally certified. Problems are now called “challenges”, it is old-fashioned to say that you want to solve a problem. It’s called a challenge, you have a challenge to take care of.
    Floyd, who does not seem to have accomplished much in his life (I may be wrong), became with his death a martyr and an icon of interests that have some kind of agenda. Not sure what this movement wants to achieve. Are existing crime statistics misleading? Is it the actions of the police that have led to these (misleading?) Statistics?

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