Judge in George Floyd Murder Trial Rejects Evidence of ‘Diversionary’ Behavior in 2019 Drug Arrest


Defense attorneys filed a motion earlier this week indicating that they intended to introduce evidence to show that Floyd had been stopped by police in May 2019 under suspicion of selling drugs. The defense suggested that Floyd had “engaged in diversionary behavior such as crying and acted irrationally.” They alleged further that he swallowed the drugs and had to be treated at a local hospital for an accidental drug overdose, and that he admitted abusing drugs regularly.

The defense also wanted to introduce evidence of Floyd’s past arrest for robbery in Harris County, Texas, more than a decade ago.

Judge Peter Cahill denied those motions, according to reporter Callan Gray of KSTP:

Separately, the judge granted a defense motion to kick Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and his staff off the case.
The judge said that Freeman and several other attorneys had been “sloppy” when they sent prosecutors to interview the county medical examiner, making them potential witnesses in the case and disqualifying them from prosecuting it.