• Fri. Apr 23rd, 2021


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Argument Emerges Over What George Floyd Said About Drugs During Arrest

James D. Reyerson of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension testified on Wednesday, offering a view of the death of George Floyd from an agent who was tasked with investigating it.

In testimony that revived questions about Mr. Floyd’s drug use, Mr. Reyerson, a special agent, initially agreed with Derek Chauvin’s defense lawyer that Mr. Floyd appeared to have shouted “I ate too many drugs” as he was handcuffed on the ground.

But later, when questioned by a prosecutor and shown a longer video clip, Mr. Reyerson changed his conclusion, saying he thought Mr. Floyd had actually shouted, “I ain’t do no drugs.”

Another expert, Sgt. Jody Stiger of the Los Angeles Police Department, said in earlier testimony that it was unclear to him what Mr. Floyd had said in that moment, and the audio is difficult to make out. Prosecutors have spent considerable time during their presentation dealing with the defense’s assertions that the fentanyl and methamphetamine found in Mr. Floyd’s system led to his death.

Mr. Reyerson described his own law enforcement career, which included work for the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New York Police Department. He recounted the night of Mr. Floyd’s death, when he was called to investigate and arrived at Minneapolis City Hall with other agents. He photographed Mr. Chauvin that night, and began collecting videos from the scene and the audio of a 911 call.

Mr. Reyerson said his agency had prepared 440 reports during the course of the investigation of Mr. Floyd’s death.