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George Floyd death: Floyd family attorney says only overdose was "excessive force, racism"

CA, 12 Sep 2020
The attorney for George Floyd's family, Ben Crump, alongside other lawyers involved in the case against four police officers charged in Floyd's death, criticized the lawyers defending the officers for attempting to use a defence that the 46-year-old Black man was a "danger to the community."

The officers' lawyers are reportedly using a defence in which they are highlighting Floyd's past crimes and history of drug use, seen as a "blame the victim" approach. They are also seizing on Floyd's reported medical issues and addiction, saying he likely died from fentanyl and not after officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.

Crump said in a press conference after a hearing, in which the officers' lawyers argued for their trials to be held separately, that the only overdose that killed Floyd "was an overdose of excessive force and racism by the Minneapolis Police Department."

Asked about the arguments for separate trials, attorney Scott Masterson responded with three words: "Guilty is guilty."

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