On May 31, prosecutors learned Floyd died of an overdose. On August 25, they admitted it in court.
Charges against the officers still have not been dismissed. One remains in jail, in super-max prison, in Oak Park Heights.
I seem to recall someone in the comments lecturing me on the ethical duties of a prosecutor as explanation why he was confident the state would win a conviction. Yeah? Not when your own medical examiner concedes it was an overdose.
I’m ready for my apology. I bet Chauvin is, too. I wonder if the Lawyer’s Board of Professional Responsibility is taking complaints in person these days, or on-line only. Because sitting on exculpatory evidence for three months, publicly branding a man you know to be innocent as a murder, encouraging people to riot to protest a crime that never occured . . . those acts seem to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, particularly Rules 3.8 (a), (d) and (f).
Part of my enduring pessimism about politics in Minnesota is that, between the media, the irregularities in the election system, and the mass of brainwashed droogs that would vote DFL if Josef Mengele came back from the dead and got the DFL endorsement by standing on his head while chanting “Black Cadavers Matter” and give him 70% of the vote anyway, is that accountability – at least, the accountability not manifested by people voting with their feet – always evades them.
If it doesn’t happen soon – in some form other than “Minneapolis turning into a cold Flint” – I’m not sure that it’ll matter anymore.