Towards the end of his questioning of George Floyd’s girlfriend Courteney Ross, Eric Nelson, the attorney for former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin, uncovered a bombshell that has been left out of mainstream media coverage.
“You and Floyd – Mr. Floyd, excuse me – I’m assuming, like most couples, had pet names for each other?” Nelson asked Ross.
“What were you saved in his phone as?” Nelson asked.
“Mama,” Ross replied, hesitantly.
In the now-infamous viral video of the interaction between Chauvin and Floyd, Floyd can be heard saying “mama” repeatedly before losing consciousness.
The narrative set forth by the media has been that Floyd was calling out for his mother before his death. That narrative has also been pushed for a year by the likes of race huckster Al Sharpton, and has even sparked comparisons between Floyd and Jesus, who called for his own mother while being crucified.
As it turns out, Floyd may have been calling for Ross, not his mother, just before losing consciousness during his arrest.
Instead, media coverage has focused on the tumultuous relationship between Floyd and Ross, about which she testified Thursday. The couple struggled with drug addiction, and dated on-and-off while each of them dealt with their addictions. Ross testified that despite their struggles, the couple cared deeply for each other, providing details about their love life.
The defense also revealed that on March 6, just two months prior to his death, Floyd had been admitted to the hospital for a drug overdose. Ross took him to the hospital, where he stayed for five days.
An autopsy revealed that Floyd had possibly lethal levels of fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death, and much of the defense’s case hinges on the possibility that drugs, not Chauvin’s kneeling on Floyd’s neck and back, actually caused his death.
The prosecution has claimed that due to his size and experience with drug use, Floyd had a higher-than-usual tolerance for drugs that may have been lethal to smaller or less experienced drug users. The state appears to be laying the groundwork to try to prove that the sole cause of Floyd’s death was Chauvin’s behavior, not Floyd’s drug use.
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