sunny.png
Sunday April 11th, 2021 3:03PM

EXPLAINER: Did Floyd really yell, 'I ate too many drugs?'

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer on trial in the death of George Floyd tried Wednesday to show that Floyd yelled "I ate too many drugs” as three officers pinned him to the ground.

Attorney Eric Nelson didn't get the clear confirmation he was seeking, but he may have planted a seed in jurors' minds anyway as he seeks to sow reasonable doubt about the prosecution's case against Derek Chauvin.

Part of his strategy for defending Chauvin against murder and manslaughter charges has been to deflect responsibility for Floyd's death last May 25 away from Chauvin — a white officer who prosecutors say knelt on the Black man's neck for 9 1/2 minutes — and onto Floyd himself for using illegal drugs. An autopsy found fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system.

Nelson first played a short clip with the disputed quote, which came from another officer's body camera video, during the testimony of Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant who served as a prosecution use-of-force expert. The video shows a chaotic and noisy scene as Floyd, handcuffed and laying on his stomach, yelled and moaned in distress.

“Does it sound like he says, ‘I ate too many drugs?’” Nelson asked.

“I can’t make that out,” Stiger replied. Nelson let the subject drop with Stiger, but replayed the clip and posed the question again for the lead investigator from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Senior Special Agent James Reyerson.

The agent agreed with Nelson that that's what Floyd appeared to say — a win for the defense.

But prosecutor Matthew Frank wasn't going to let that stand. He got Reyerson to say he had not closely listened to that passage before. After a break to regroup, Frank replayed a longer clip from the same body cam video,

“Having heard it in context, you’re able to tell what Mr. Floyd is saying there?” Frank asked.

“I believe Mr. Floyd was saying, ‘I ain’t do no drugs,’" Reyerson replied.

“So that’s a little different than what you were asked about when you only saw a portion of the video, correct?′ Frank asked.

"Yes, sir,” the agent said.

___

Find AP’s full coverage of the death of George Floyd at: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-george-floyd

___

This story corrects the quote in the the next to last paragraph to “That's a little different than ..” instead of “It's all different than ...”

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, Top General short headlines
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Judge orders release of ex-Dallas cop arrested in killings
A judge on Wednesday ordered the release of a former Dallas police officer accused of ordering two killings in 2017
6:09PM ( 4 minutes ago )
EXPLAINER: Did Floyd really yell, 'I ate too many drugs?'
The defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer on trial in the death of George Floyd has tried to show that Floyd yelled “I ate too many drugs” as officers pinned him to the ground
6:02PM ( 11 minutes ago )
Tiger Woods was driving more than 80 mph when he crashed SUV
Tiger Woods was going more than 80 mph — nearly twice the posted speed limit — on a downhill stretch of road when he lost control of an SUV outside Los Angeles
6:00PM ( 13 minutes ago )
U.S. News
Judge orders release of ex-Dallas cop arrested in killings
A judge on Wednesday ordered the release of a former Dallas police officer accused of ordering two killings in 2017
6:09PM ( 4 minutes ago )
Tiger Woods was driving more than 80 mph when he crashed SUV
Tiger Woods was going more than 80 mph — nearly twice the posted speed limit — on a downhill stretch of road when he lost control of an SUV outside Los Angeles
6:00PM ( 13 minutes ago )
6 charged in NH youth detention center sex abuse probe
New Hampshire's attorney general's office said six men were arrested Wednesday in connection with sexual abuse allegations at a state-run youth detention center
5:53PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Expert: Chauvin never took knee off Floyd's neck
A use-of-force expert says Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck the entire time that he was handcuffed behind his back and lying facedown
5:52PM ( 21 minutes ago )
EXPLAINER: Could mask hamper ex-officer's image with jurors?
The face mask that former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been required to wear during his trial in George Floyd’s death has hidden his reaction to testimony
5:23PM ( 50 minutes ago )