posted on Jul, 13 2020 @ 08:58 AM
I have to assume “hooping” was in reference to basketball in this context, since he just asked him maybe seconds before if he was on any drugs and
Floyd said “no”. Wouldn’t make much sense to go right from “No” to “yes”. Also, no one would say “I was hooping”, that’d be like
saying “I was snorting earlier” or “I was injecting earlier”, if you’re going to admit your drug use, you’d say clarify it with what drug
you took, not so much the method of delivery, especially in the context of telling some cops you’re clearly scared to death of, I think the last
thing he’d choose to say is “I put some PCP up my ass”.
Were the amounts of the substances in his body ever released? Most drugs can stay in your system for days, hell, weed will stay in it for months
depending on your fat levels and a hair test will show proof of drug use for up to a year.
Regardless, I’ve since heard multiple police officers say that once they detain a suspect, their safety is in the hands of the officer. It doesn’t
take a genius to see an obvious change in Floyd’s responsiveness and Chauvin could have avoided all of this had he been just let up for a minute.
There were what, 3 cops on him when he was laying down and cuffed? There’s no way he’d have been able to jump up and haul ass from that position.
Even without hearing the inflections in his voice, you can tell Floyd was scared sh!tless by that transcript. Sure, he could have been a really good
actor, but this seems like it’d have been a perfect time to exercise deescalation tactics.
“Look, George, I know you’re scared right now. But for your safety and our safety we have to get you into a vehicle. We’re going to open the
window before you get in and you can stick your head out of the window once you’re in, but we HAVE to get you into a vehicle. Do you understand
that, George? No one here wants to see you hurt.”
When I was 5-6, my mother’s boyfriend held my sister and I hostage with a shotgun after he kicked my mother out of the house and told her he was
going to kill us. It turned into a stand off with the police without a single shot fired. There have been plenty of stand-offs since then (mid-late
80’s) that have been deescalated. Knowing it’s possible to deescalate more severe situations, the Floyd situation seems like a small effort into
controlling the situation would have gone a long way.