There is new store CCTV video that shows another side to Floyd other than the explosive video that launched protests across America for months in 2020.
The never-before-seen surveillance footage shows Floyd acting in an unusual manner during his time in the store.
“Video showed that Floyd appeared animated, a bit unsteady on his feet as he ambled about Cup Foods and eventually bought cigarettes with a suspected fake $20 bill,” the Star Tribune reported.
The clerk, named Christopher Martin, also testified that Floyd had trouble speaking and seemed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
“When you were communicating with him, what was his demeanor like?” Minnesota Asst. Attorney General Matthew Frank asked him.
“When I asked him if he played baseball he went on to respond,” Martin answered. “But it kind of took him a little longer to get to what he was trying to say. So, it appeared that he was high.”
It was reported in June 2020 that George Floyd’s medical examiner’s report showed numerous health problems that pre-existed before his incident with police.
“A full autopsy report on George Floyd, the man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police last month, reveals that he was positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,” NPR reported. “The 20-page report also indicates that Floyd had fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death, although the drugs are not listed as the cause.”
Autopsies varied about the exact cause of death for Floyd. The autopsy report from Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office concludes the cause of death was “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.”
But an independent examiner hired by the Floyd family listed the cause of death as “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.”
The exact cause of death for Floyd is a key question in the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin, the arresting officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck prior to the subject’s death. The defense attorneys for Chauvin argue that Floyd had succumbed to a drug overdose and had pre-existing health issues, such as a heart condition.
Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.