Girlfriend also testifies Floyd had previously taken illicit drugs that caused great stomach pain, as during arrest, gave him great energy, and made her feel like she was going to die when she took it.
The first witness of today’s proceedings in the Chauvin trial was Courteney Ross, described as George Floyd’s fiancé. Both she had Floyd had lengthy struggles with opioid addiction, which she testified about at length. It was a pretty traditional narrative of drug addiction, for both of them.
On cross-examination by defense counsel Eric Nelson, however, there was a rather remarkable revelation.
Courteney Ross was listed in Floyd’s cell phone under the name “Mama.”
#DerekChauvinTrial – During questioning by Nelson is comes out that #GeorgeFloyd has Ross' numbers saved in his phone as "mama". On redirect Frank also has Ross clarify that Floyd called his mother, "mama. @LawCrimeNetwork pic.twitter.com/nIZrIO4dpm
— Cathy Russon (@cathyrusson) April 1, 2021
We’ve all seen the heart tugging video of Floyd restrained on the ground by officers after resisting lawful arrest, calling out repeatedly for “Mama.” I expect we’ve all presumed he was calling out for his mother, who I believe had passed away shortly before Floyd’s the May 25, 2020 date of Floyd’s arrest.
Now, however, one must wonder whether Floyd was calling out for his deceased mother, or whether he was calling out for his co-addict fiancé, Courteney Ross.
I feel obliged to note immediately that this revelation ought have little effect on the merits of this trial.
So why mention it at all?
Because the prosecution narrative in this case has for a year been driven almost entirely by emotional pleading, particularly the purported desperate cries of Floyd for his dead mother just moments before his death.
Certainly the prosecution already knew that Courteney Ross was also called “Momma” by Floyd, yet they never made that information available to the public, allowing the public to believe there was no question but that Floyd was calling out for his mother?
Why would they do that, if they were genuinely interested in transparency and justice?
Or are they, perhaps, is the prosecution perhaps not all that interested in transparency and justice?
On a separate note, a key issue in the case is whether Floyd was killed by Chauvin’s knee, or whether Floyd was killed by a self-ingested drug overdose. This applies not just to Floyd’s death, but all the physiological symptoms preceding Floyd’s death, such as his complaints of intense stomach and other body pain, as well as his foaming at the mouth.
Ross testified this morning about a March 2020 event in which she arrived at Floyd’s home after he had consumed some illicit pills of uncertain origin. He was in desperate physical condition, doubled over from stomach pain, to the point where she drove him to the emergency room. She also testified he had foam around his mouth.
This reaction to these pills match the physical symptoms of Floyd during his arrest, providing an alternative explanation for Floyd’s complaints of pain and foaming mouth during the arrest other than Chauvin’s knee being the cause.
OK, folks, that’s all I have time for while the court is in a brief morning break recess, but we’ll have more details in our end-of-day wrap-up commentary and analysis after the court adjourns for the day.
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Until then, stay safe!
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