Entertainment George Clooney Emails George Floyd's Family Lawyer With Some Brutal Advice
The conflicting autopsies at the heart of the Chauvin trial, explained
The defense hopes to raise doubts about how George Floyd died.But despite what people saw, both virtually and in person last May, at the center of the trial is the question: What ultimately killed Floyd? The prosecution has argued that it was Chauvin’s knee, constricting Floyd’s neck and airway, that ultimately led to his death. Meanwhile, the defense has argued that it was Floyd’s history of drug use and underlying conditions that caused his death.
The late's family's attorney, Benjamin Crump, revealed that emailed him while watching and gave his blunt two cents.
Crump made a virtual appearance on The View on Wednesday and told co-host Joy Behar that Clooney emails him from time to time because the 59-year-old actor is engaged in social justice matters and wants his children with his wife, Amal Clooney -- 3-year-old twins Alexander and Ella -- "to live in a better world." Crump said Clooney had a suggestion on how to respond to Chauvin's defense lawyers' suggestion that drugs caused Floyd's death in May 2020 rather than Chauvin kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.
Pulmonologist: Chauvin’s Knee on Floyd Was Akin to Having ‘a Lung Removed’
As former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin and his colleagues pinned George Floyd on the ground for over nine minutes, the 46-year-old Black man’s airflow was so restricted it was “as if a surgeon had gone in and removed” his lung, a renowned pulmonologist testified Thursday. “A healthy person subjected to what Mr. Floyd was subjected to would have died as a result of what he was subjected to,” Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonary critical care doctor and national breathing expert from Illinois, said after being asked whether a person with no pre-existing conditions would have survived the May 25 arrest.
ET reached out to Clooney's rep, who confirmed that he did indeed send the email to Crump.
Crump recalled of Clooney's email, "'Attorney Crump, you should tell them if Derek Chauvin feels so confident in that, he should volunteer during his case, to get down on the floor in that courtroom, and let somebody come and put their knee on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds and be able to see if he can survive.'"
Crump added, "The experts will opine during this case that the average human being can go without oxygen from 30 seconds to 90 seconds -- where George Floyd went without oxygen for over 429 seconds, and that’s why it was intentional what this officer did. And I believe in my heart, Joy Behar, that he will be held criminally liable and it will hopefully set a new precedent in America."
The power of televising Derek Chauvin’s trial
We saw George Floyd die on screen. We need to see this too.Members of the public usually have the right to observe courtroom proceedings. It’s typically also safe for a crowd to gather peacefully in a courtroom, or in an overflow room with closed-circuit TVs. But we’re not living in normal times, and this is not a normal trial.
Last June, Clooneygoing on in the aftermath of Floyd's tragic death in Minnesota that was published by The Daily Beast.
"How many times have we seen people of color killed by police?" he wrote. "Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Laquan McDonald. There is little doubt that George Floyd was murdered. We watched as he took his last breath at the hands of four police officers. Now we see another defiant reaction to the systemic cruel treatment of a portion of our citizens like we saw in 1968, 1992, and 2014."
"The anger and the frustration we see playing out once again in our streets is just a reminder of how little we've grown as a country from our original sin of slavery," he also wrote. "The fact that we aren't actually buying and selling other human beings anymore is not a badge of honor. We need systemic change in our law enforcement and in our criminal justice system. ... This is our pandemic. It infects all of us, and in 400 years we've yet to find a vaccine."
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ER Doctor: Paramedics Never Said George Floyd Had Heart Attack or OD’d .
The emergency room doctor who pronounced George Floyd dead said Monday that when paramedics brought the 46-year-old Black man to the hospital on May 25, no one told him they suspected he’d had a drug overdose or heart attack. Dr. Bradford Wankhede Langenfeld, who was a senior resident at the Hennepin County Medical Center at the time, explained to jurors how he tried to resuscitate Floyd when he was brought into the ER after former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on him for over nine minutes.