The lawyer of one of the four disgraced cops charged with the murder of George Floyd says he will be arguing in court that it wasn’t their fault.
The lawyer of one of the four disgraced cops charged with the murder of George Floyd says he will be arguing in court that it wasn’t their fault.

Lawyer claims George Floyd ‘killed himself’

The knee-on-the-neck arrest of George Floyd had nothing to do with his death - because he actually "killed himself," a lawyer for one of the four charged cops has claimed.

Earl Gray, the attorney for Thomas Lane, has already filed court papers trying to dismiss the fired officer's charges, insisting the real cause of Floyd's death was an overdose of the powerful opioid fentanyl.

Gray now claims it will help clear all of the fired cops - even Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis officer filmed with his knee on Floyd's neck for almost eight minutes as he begged, "I can't breathe".

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The moment captured on camera where Derek Chauvin presses his knee into Floyd’s neck for nine minutes.
The moment captured on camera where Derek Chauvin presses his knee into Floyd’s neck for nine minutes.

 

"None of these guys - even Chauvin - actually killed him," Gray told the Los Angeles Times of the May death ruled a homicide by the medical examiner.

"He killed himself," he insisted of Floyd, whose death sparked months of often violent protests across the US and parts of the rest of the world.

"We are going to show that my client and the other cops were doing their jobs," he insisted.

The veteran criminal defence attorney said he would base his case on toxicology and autopsy reports, which found fentanyl and methamphetamine in Floyd's system.

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Recently released police body camera footage also gave a fuller picture of the arrest, including the disappearance of a white spot on Floyd's tongue that looks like "2 milligrams of fentanyl, a lethal dose," he has said.

Floyd also told the officers he'd been "hooping," slang for taking drugs, the report noted.

Legal experts believe the case could prove less clear-cut than the initial rush to judgment by the public.

"This is not a slam dunk for the prosecution and not an easy case, especially for the higher-degree homicide charges," Philip Stinson, a Bowling Green State University criminologist and former cop who studies police misconduct, told the LA paper.

"If this case goes to trial and an officer testifies on his own behalf, it is possible there is reasonable doubt there for jurors."

 

Chauvin is charged with Floyd's murder. Lane and two other officers - Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao - each face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

All four were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department after footage of the death emerged.

Attorneys for Chauvin, Kueng and Thao declined to comment on Gray's remarks, as did prosecutors in the case, the Los Angeles Times said.

This article originally appeared in The NY Post and was reproduced with permission.

Originally published as Lawyer claims Floyd 'killed himself'


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