Attorney For Cop Charged In George Floyd Death Claims He Overdosed On Fentanyl

BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 29: Citizens, came to Mauer Park, to inspect and to take photos in front of the mural of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis of USA on Monday night, on May 29, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. The mural drawn by Dominican graffiti artist Jesus Cruz Artiles, also known with his nickname as EME Freethinker. (Photo by Abdulhamid Hosbas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Attorney For Cop Charged In George Floyd Death Claims He Overdosed On Fentanyl

The lawyer for Thomas Lane is arguing the 46-year-old swallowed drugs.

Published August 19th

Written by BET Staff

The latest defense for one of the cops involved in the death of George Floyd is that the 46-year-old  swallowed drugs before a knee was placed on his neck for over eight minutes.

According to KTVU attorney Earl Gray, who is representing former officer Thomas Lane, alleged  in a new court filing that Floyd overdosed on fentanyl while resisting arrest on May 25. He claims Floyd somehow managed to swallow the drugs while the cops were taking  him into custody.

Gray claims that according to body cam footage, there was a white spot on Floyd’s tongue that disappeared, and it looked like “2 milligrams of fentanyl, a lethal dose.” 

The court docs also read, “All he had to do is sit in the police car, like every other defendant who is initially arrested. While attempting to avoid his arrest, all by himself, Mr. Floyd overdosed on fentanyl. Given his intoxication level, breathing would have been difficult at best. Mr. Floyd’s intentional failure to obey commands, coupled with his overdosing, contributed to his own death."

KYVU reports, “The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report says toxicology testing found fentanyl and evidence of recent methamphetamine use in Floyd’s system.”

Gray is expecting to ask all charges to be dismissed against Lane. 

RELATED: Officer Who Kneeled On George Floyd’s Neck Blamed For Death By Other Two Officer

On May 29, Chauvin was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department and arrested on third-degree murder and manslaughter charges. On June 3, his charges were upgraded to second-degree murder by the state’s attorney general Keith Ellison.

Lane, 37, and former Officers Tou Thao, 34, and J. Alexander Kueng, 26, were also arrested and charged with aiding and abetting on June 3.

A trial date for the four officers has tentatively been scheduled for March 8, 2021.

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