OPINION by Patty McMurray at 100 Percent FED Up –
Two days after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, MN, his brother, Philonise Floyd started a GoFundMe account to raise money for his estate and for grief counseling.
The GoFundMe description, written by Philonise also mentions that the funds they collect will help to cover the costs of a funeral.
George was buried in a gold casket and placed in a mausoleum as part of his elaborate funeral.
Retired professional boxer Floyd Mayweather donated $88,500 to cover the costs of George Floyd’s funeral.
The GoFundMe campaign for George Floyd ended one day before the toxicology report was made public by the MN prosecution revealing the cause of George Floyd’s death was a fentanyl overdose.
On May 25, 2020, my life shattered as I learned of the tragic passing of my dear brother, George.
My family and I watched in absolute horror as the now infamous and horrifying video began to spread quickly throughout social media. What we saw on that tape left us shell shocked; a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling directly on my brother’s neck, obstructing his ability to breathe. As some officers knelt on his neck, other officers participated and watched; no one took any action to save my brother’s life. Those officers would continue to brutalize my brother until he died. This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George. A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.
Two days ago, the GoFundMe memorial account for George Floyd was turned off, but not before the family collected a stunning $14,723,100.
Before shutting down the GoFundMe account, Philonise Floyd thanked everyone who donated, explaining that two new funds have been set up in his brother’s name.
Some exciting news to share with you all: The family has established two great foundations that will give back to the many communities touched by George:
The George Floyd Memorial Foundation, Inc. (based in NC) and the George Floyd Foundation (based in TX). We hope that you would join with us as we continue to support the communities that need our support the most and to continue to preach to the world that #BlackLivesMatter.
There is no mention of how the $14.7 million will be spent or where future funds from the two new memorial foundations will be distributed.
In the GoFundMe section of “commonly asked questions,” Philonise explains in question #4, that the money will be used for the family’s benefit. In #5, Philonise Floyd clarifies that 100% of the funds collected here will go to my family.
4. How the funds will be spent? Funds collected here will be spent by the Floyd family as outlined above. This fund will be governed and controlled at the discretion of Philonise Floyd for the family’s benefit.
5. How do you intend to get the funds to those in need? All funds collected on this website will be withdrawn to an established account for the benefit of my family. 100% of funds collected here will go to my family.
Nothing could have prepared America for the violence that spread across our nation as a result of the death of George Floyd after MN Police Officer Derek Chauvin was caught on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck during an arrest.
It’s now being reported that the toxicology report from May 31, 2020, shows George Floyd died of a fentanyl overdose and the prosecution is being accused of waiting 3 months to make the report public.
The explosive exculpatory June 1 memorandum was not released by the prosecution until August 25, 2020.
On May 29, 2020, MN Police Officer Derek Chauvin was charged with 3rd-degree murder. Minnesota’s radical Democrat AG Keith Ellison later upped Chauvin’s charge to 2nd-degree murder. Former MN Police Officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao were also charged with aiding and abetting the murder of Floyd.
Spectator reports – These charges were based on the autopsy performed by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office and a private “re-autopsy” performed at the request of the Floyd family’s attorney. Based on those procedures, the medical examiner issued a revised autopsy report stating that Floyd had died of “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression.” In short, Floyd’s death was allegedly caused by the manner in which the police had restrained him.
But the police defendants were charged before the medical examiner had received the report of Floyd’s toxicology screen by NMS Labs of Horsham, Pennsylvania.
Then, on May 31, 2020, NMS Labs forwarded Floyd’s toxicology report to the Hennepin County Medical Examiners’ Office.
Big League Politics reports – A summary of a conversation between Amy Sweasy, a Hennepin County Attorney, and Dr. Andrew Baker, the chief medical examiner for the county, reveals that the former would conclude George Floyd died of a drug overdose if there were no other contributing factors.
The medical examiner makes the conclusion of an overdose death on the basis of blood samples collected from George Floyd at a Minneapolis hospital.
Dr. Baker reveals that Floyd’s blood tested positive for the presence of 4ANPP, methamphetamine, fentanyl, and norfentayl. He described the level of fentanyl found in George Floyd’s bloodstream as a “fatal level under normal circumstances.”
At 7:30 p.m. on May 31, 2020, prosecutors “met” online with Dr. Andrew Baker, Chief Medical Examiner of Hennepin County, to discuss Floyd’s toxicology report.
June 1, 2020, memorandum by Assistant County Attorney Amy Sweasy was finally released on August 25, 2020.
Why did the prosecution wait 3 MONTHS to release this memorandum?
So there they were, staring at the just-received and damning toxicology report that blew to smithereens the whole prosecution theory that the police had killed Floyd. To their undoubted dismay, Dr. Baker, the chief medical examiner, had to concede that at 11 ng/mL, Floyd had “a fatal level of fentanyl under normal circumstances.” He also conceded that the fentanyl overdose “can cause pulmonary edema,” a frothy fluid build-up in the lungs that was evidenced by the finding at autopsy that Floyd’s lungs weighed two to three times normal weight.
This is consistent with Officer Kueng’s observation at the scene that Floyd was foaming at the mouth and, as found at autopsy, that his lungs were “diffusely congested and edematous.”
In other words, like a drowned man, Floyd’s lungs were filled with fluid. And that was the obvious and inescapable reason why Floyd kept shouting over and over again that he couldn’t breathe even when he was upright and mobile.
The memorandum ends with Dr. Baker’s devastating conclusion that “if Floyd had been found dead in his home (or anywhere else) and there were no other contributing factors he [Dr. Baker] would conclude that it was an overdose death.”
Translation: this toxicology report drives a stake through the heart of our murder case. How do we justify criminally charging these police officers and explain away our colossal screw-up?
We cannot confirm the reason for the conclusion of the fundraiser for George Floyd on GoFundMe. According to the Daily Dot, GoFundMe does not place limits on the amount of time the fundraiser can remain active on its platform. Both Kickstarter and Indiegogo have a 60-day limit on the length of campaigns. For charity campaigns to cover medical fees or funeral costs, GoFundMe’s unlimited length is invaluable, and its slightly lower fees can really add up.
We’re not saying that Philonise Floyd intentionally ended his GoFundMe campaign on the day before the release of the toxicology report to the public, but it certainly can’t be ruled it out.
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