Millions of people were horrified to see George Floyd pinned under Derek Chauvin’s knee for nine minutes. Excessive force by police is not something that should ever happen. But is police brutality the only lesson we need to learn here? Is there something else we should learn?
Floyd was headed to a bad end because of the life he was leading. Had Chauvin not been at the scene and another officer taken Floyd into custody properly, Floyd might still not be alive today. Fentanyl in his system did contribute to his death. Given how unpredictable fentanyl can be and how low levels of the drug can be toxic, Floyd may well have died within the last year had he survived the events of May 25, 2020.