>the levels of methamphetamine found in Floyd's system were lower than the average amount found in 94% of DUI cases involving mephamphetamines in 2020 (people who DIDN'T die of overdose).
Before anything else, it's worth pointing out that the levels of meth weren't considered a factor, as you say, which is why they weren't focused on. In fact, the primary medical examiner noted that although meth is hard on the heart, the levels found in Floyd's blood were "very near the low end". It's not relevant to mention its presence or absence because it wasn't a significant factor.
It's interesting that we should mention the independent autopsy first, even though it was performed second. What did the state autopsy, performed first, find? Well, we can look at the report and we can look at how the examiner described its blood tox findings. First let's have a look at the examiner's comments on blood tox, available in the memo that lists the examiner's comments regarding the case at https://www.fox9.com/news/court-filings-medical-examiner-thought-george-floyd-had-fatal-level-of-fentanyl-in-system
(scroll down to the panel). Particularly:
>Fentanyl - 11. He said, "that's pretty high." This level of fentanyl can cause pulmonary edema. Mr Floyd's lungs were 2-3x their normal weight at autopsy. That is a fatal level of fentanyl under normal circumstances.
>AB [Dr. Andrew Baker] said that if Mr Floyd had been found dead in his home (or anywhere else) and there were no other contributing factors he would conclude that it was an overdose death.
Now let's look at the autopsy report itself, which can be read at https://www.scribd.com/document/464472105/Autopsy-2020-3700-Floyd
and which pics related are excerpts from.
>Cause of death: Cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual,
restraint, and neck compression.
Strange, isn't it, that "cause of death" doesn't appear? Instead, we have
>Case Title: Cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual,
restraint, and neck compression.
Weird! Why would you change the words like that, Anon?
Let's set that aside and look directly at the findings:
>Blunt force injuries
Consistent with being pressed against the pavement, having handcuffs on, and being held hard (mucosal and cutaneous). Nothing to the neck.
Severe heart disease and an incidental tumor.
>No life-threatening injuries identified
Let's give things the benefit of the doubt here and assume that asphyxiation doesn't directly show up as a life-threatening injury. However, if the knee on Floyd's neck was a contributing factor (because it restricted his breathing and/or blood to his brain), we should see tell-tale injuries to those sections of the neck including bruising, crushing, and other tissue injuries that would be immediately apparent.
>No injuries of anterior muscles of neck or laryngeal structures
Wait, what? I thought the guy died because he had his neck knelt on until he was dead, but there aren't any injuries showing up on the parts of the neck that would cause that. Whole front half was intact.
>... posterior and lateral neck ... negative for occult trauma
Huh, nothing on the back and sides of his neck either. I don't know about you, but this isn't matching the popular understanding.
So, why? Because Chauvin wasn't crushing Floyd's neck.
Look at pic related, a still from the original video that was used to whip everyone into a frenzy. (I'll grant you that it's fuckin' brutal-looking.) See where his knee is? Back of the neck. It stays there the whole time, while most of Chauvin's weight is being held by his other leg. The private autopsy suggested
that the cause was indirect pressure against the pavement, but we can see that Floyd's head is level and his neck isn't in contact with the ground. His windpipe's clear and untouched, as we saw from the autopsy. The blood vessels of his neck are too recessed to be cut off like this, and it's the wrong position in any case. (Try it yourself: Try to get someone to cut off your neck's blood supply with their knee in the same position against a flat surface. It won't work, you'll find your jaw gets in the way, and your head certainly won't be level during the attempt like Floyd's was.)
Alright, so let's go back to the secondary report. I've not read their report in full because I can't find their report in full, but in their summary, they found that positional asphyxia was the cause. Okay: What specific physical finding suggested that? I sure wish we had a PDF instead of these heavily summarized bullet points, don't you?
>"neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain."
How did they conclude this? It's completely at odds with the first autopsy and what we see in all available videos. Show us the report!
>"weight on the back, handcuffs and positioning were contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Mr. Floyd’s diaphragm to function."
Mr Floyd's diaphragm was impaired, but not primarily by the restraint. Which leads us