Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonary and critical medicine doctor with forty-five years of experience in the field also testified... | 22 Words

A posthumous pardon of George Floyd's 2004 drug conviction in Texas was filed by an official on Monday...

It comes nearly a year after Floyd's death.

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And almost a week after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder...

Now, it's been a crucial month for America's justice system.

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The highly-anticipated murder trial kicked off in Minneapolis at the Hennepin County Courthouse on March 29th.

According to the Daily Mail, the prosecution started proceedings by playing the horrifying video of the moment the accused, Derek Chauvin, dug his knee into George Floyd's neck as he cried out, "I can't breathe."

Special prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told the jury in his opening statement:

"You can believe your eyes. That it's homicide, it's murder."

Throughout the trial, many people were called forward to testify...

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Including a 911 operator who witnessed the ordeal via CCTV.

"You're going to learn that there was a 911 dispatcher. Her name is Jena Scurry," Blackwell told the jury. "There was a fixed police camera that was trained on this particular scene. She could see through the camera what was going on."

Scurry witnessed the entire ordeal...

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And was the one to call the police on the police.

Fearing that Chauvin and the 3 other officers who stood by were taking things too far, Scurry called Minneapolis Sgt. David Pleoger, who oversaw the officers involved in the arrest in progress.

"You will learn that what she saw was so unusual and, for her, so disturbing that she did something that she had never done in her career."

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As prosecutors played the police camera video of Floyd on the ground, Scurry explained:

"My instincts were telling me something was wrong. It was a gut instinct of the incident: Something is not going right. Whether it be they needed more assistance. Just something wasn't right."

Never-before-seen bodycam footage from the events of May 25th was also presented to the jury...

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And gave fresh details of the minutes leading up to Floyd's arrest, as well as the moment he was confronted by the police officers.

​As reported by BBC News, the court was shown bodycam footage from Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao, all of whom are facing aiding and abetting charges.

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In the footage, Floyd can be seen sitting behind the wheel of his car, begging the officers not to shoot him.

At one point, one of the officers pulls his gun as Floyd continues to plead with them.

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Floyd was visibly very distressed by the presence of the police officers, and can be heard saying:

"Please don't shoot me, please, man… I just lost my mom."

He can then be heard trying to assure the officers that he'll "do anything you tell me to"...

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Before saying:

"I'm not a bad guy, man."

Of course, the footage was utterly chilling to watch.

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Days on from that revelation, the prosecution called an outside expert witness to testify about Floyd's cause of death.

Prosecutors said that Chauvin's knee on Floyd's neck contributed to his death...

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While Chauvin's defense argued that Floyd's use of illicit drugs and his underlying medical conditions were the key factors.

Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonary and critical medicine doctor with forty-five years of experience in the field also testified...

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And he wholeheartedly supported the theory that Floyd was killed as a result of Chauvin's pressure on his neck.

Dr. Tobin confirmed that Floyd died due to a low level of oxygen caused by the combination of being handcuffed in the prone position on the ground...

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And Chauvin's left knee on his neck and right knee on his back, compromising his ability to breathe.

"Mr. Floyd died from a low level of oxygen, and this caused damage to his brain that we see, and it also caused a PEA arrhythmia that caused his heart to stop."

The jury was shown an image from an officer's body camera video in which Floyd's knuckles are seen pressed against the tire of the squad car while Chauvin's knees are on his neck and back.

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Dr. Tobin said that while this gesture would not seem important to most people, it was "extraordinarily significant" to a physiologist.

"This tells you that [Floyd] has used up his resources, and he's now literally trying to breathe with his fingers and knuckles," he said. "He was using his fingers and his knuckles against the street to try and crank up the right side of his chest... it was his only way to try and get air to get into the right lung."

The jury was also shown an image where Chauvin's toe was seen lifted off the ground while his knee was on Floyd's neck.

This meant 91.5 pounds, half of Chauvin's weight, was directly compressing Floyd's neck at that point, Dr.Tobin said.

The evidence continued to stack up against Chauvin...

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And, clearly in panic mode, his defense continued to stress that Floyd had already put himself at risk by swallowing drugs and resisting officers trying to arrest him - factors that compounded his vulnerability to a diseased heart, raising sufficient doubt that Chauvin should be acquitted.

However, despite his defense's best efforts...

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Things haven't gone in Chauvin's favor.

Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

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The jury found the former police officer guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

It was then confirmed that Chauvin has been placed on suicide watch and under the highest security.

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As authorities are concerned about violence towards him from other prisoners, too.

And now, the search for justice continues...

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As officials in Texas seek to clear Floyd for a 2004 drug conviction...

In 2004, Floyd was arrested in Huston after he was found carrying drugs.

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He was found in possession of .03g of crack c***ine worth $10 and a counterfeit $20 bill and served 10 months in jail.

His arrest at the time was made on the word of officer Gerald Goines.

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However, Goines himself has since been charged with 2 counts of felony murder and tampering with a government record, CNN reports.

In 2019, Goines led a "no-knock" drug raid in which a couple living in a Houston house were killed.

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Prosecutors allege that Goines lied in order to obtain a search warrant of the house, claiming an informant bought h**oin there.

Since Goines' case began, a number of convictions by the officer have started to show cracks.

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With more than 160 cases being dismissed.

The posthumous pardon request made by the public defender's office in Houston argues that Floyd's conviction falls with the many others that have started to unravel.

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In the application, Allison Mathis who is leading the pardon appeal writes: "No one bothered to question the word of a veteran cop against that of a previously convicted Black man."

"Goines manufactured the existence of confidential informants to bolster his cases against innocent defendants, consistent with the unnamed, unidentified 'second suspect' he mentions in his offense report in his interaction with George Floyd."

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In a statement to CNN, Mathis also said: "This is about honoring the memory of George Floyd, as well as about correcting the records of the State of Texas.

"We can't have confidence in the integrity of the convictions obtained by Officer Goines. George Floyd suffered at the hands of a corrupt and racist system throughout his life, not just at the end."