Firstly, did Floyd swallow the fentanyl tablets when he was arrested to avoid being charged for possession?(common occurrence) If so, there was not enough time for the tablets to cause an overdose.....it would take at least 20 or 30 mins to begin to take effect.
That is not accurate. It can start to take effect within minutes, and permeates skin or other body surfaces almost immediately. In other words, if you take the lethal dose (as pictured in one of the above posts), lay it on your skin, you're dead.
Secondly, an addict usually knows his limits. He would be unlikely to swallow an amount he knew would be lethal - arrested or not (it’s not worth dying over) - and having three times the “lethal” dose for a NON user is not necessarily going to have the same effect on an addict. Habituation raises the level at which a drug will cause harm to a person.
No, he wouldn't know his limit. But if you are following the trial, it turns out he didn't quite know what he was ingesting. His dealer was a witness for the *prosecution*, but ended up taking the 5th after Floyd's girlfriend took the stand and testified that they weren't buying fentanyl. They were getting other drugs like meth and heroin. But the dealer had been lacing the drugs with fentanyl. The dealer was called as a prosecution witness because he was at the scene. It became clear that he was the dealer, and he most likely pushed Floyd to take the drugs when the cops arrived. It was a drug deal that went bad. The dealer took the 5th, lawyered up, because it was clear that he was exposed for 3rd degree murder liability all of a sudden.
All these things will be assessed by an expert witness in court*. The initial coroner will not necessarily be such an expert.
Yeah, a whole bunch of crap is going down in the trial. It doesn't look good for the prosecution.
And thirdly, should breaking the law, being an addict or passing off fake notes (because you are an addict) be deserving of a death sentence?!
This is the same line of logic as the other deaths - "He was just resisting a little bit, why should that be a death sentence?!" .... "He was only charging the cops, he was unarmed, why should that be a death sentence?!".
He was fighting the cops. He was high. He had a record of fighting. It is common for people to play possum until the cops let up, and then spring up and attack. Cops don't like to take chances.