Riots Turn Deadly in Detroit as 19-Year-Old Man is Gunned Down at Violent Friday Night Protest
A 19-year-old man was killed on Friday night after he was shot while attending a Detroit, Mich. rally related to the death of George Floyd following an encounter with a Minneapolis police officer.
He was shot and killed at 11:30 p.m. according to Detroit law enforcement in a drive-by shooting by an individual reportedly driving a Dodge Durango. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after.
Some video of the Detroit protests can be seen here:
— shawna (@shawnaspiffy) May 30, 2020
#DetroitProtest officers just surged and tackled a woman to the ground, you can hear her screams as they push their knees into her backside. Her face appears bloodied as she's led by the cameras. pic.twitter.com/xBoMdebjf9
— TheModLibrarian (@TheModLibrarian) May 30, 2020
The situation may get even worse if the police officer is ultimately exonerated, which may be the case after a medical examiner determined that the alleged choking did not likely cause Floyd’s death:
A medical examiner who examined the body of George Floyd, who was killed during an encounter with police earlier this month, has determined that there are “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.”
“Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death,” the Hennepin County Medical Examiner determined in their report.
Floyd’s family has called for an independent autopsy of his body by a medical examiner to build the case against former Minneapolis Police Department Officer Derek Chauvin, the officer who appeared to hold his knee against the throat of Floyd during an encounter shortly before his death.
“We’ve just spoken recently with district attorney. We’re going to take custody back of George Floyd’s body, and we’re bringing in Dr. Michael Baden to perform an independent autopsy because we saw in the Eric Garner case and so many other cases where they have these people who work with the city come up with things that are such an illusion,” said family attorney Benjamin Crump, a prominent attorney known to take cases with racial implications.
“They’re going to have their own autopsy,” Crump said of Floyd’s relatives. “We’re not going to rely on this DA or this city to tell us the truth. We already saw the truth.”
Crump is inferring a possible conspiracy between law enforcement and the medical examiner in the hopes of getting Chauvin off from his criminal charges.
“We don’t want to begin to speculate about what their narrative is,” he said, cautioning it could be something like, “You didn’t know he had a heart condition?” or, “Oh, he had asthma.”
America embraced diversity and multiculturalism, and the chickens are coming home to roost as a result.