A leader of a right-wing evangelical student group is pushing conspiracy theories about the death of George Floyd, and heaping insults on his memory. The president and founder of America First Students, described as a “student organization for strong borders, traditional families, the American worker, and Christian values” — tweeted Thursday to congratulate Floyd for “being drug free for an entire month.”
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George Floyd died on May 25, and on June 25, Jaden McNeil was ready to celebrate the one-month mark with a tweet that went to the utmost extreme.
In Floyd’s autopsy, trace amounts of methamphetamine and fentanyl were found, to which McNeil clearly alludes. Upon receiving pushback McNeil doubled down, saying that people should be angrier about Floyd’s past criminal charges, and making medical claims about the cause of the man’s death.
However, Snopes noted that there was no evidence in court records that the victim in the 2007 charge was pregnant, and that Floyd pled guilty and served his sentence for the crime. Further, a medical pathologist wrote for MedPageToday‘s Working Stiff blog that any assertions Floyd died from drug use are false.
They are there on the death certificate because those findings, in the opinion of the medical examiner, would have made his death more likely. They are not the cause of death. The cause of death is police restraint.
Derek Chauvin, the officer who can be seen in a viral video kneeling on George Floyd’s neck while he begged for air, has been charged with third-degree murder second-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, and the other three officers (J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao) who participated in the arrest are charged with aiding and abetting in both second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Kansas City reported earlier this year that America First Students is among right-wing groups trying to ‘rebrand’ using the phrase “America First” instead of ‘alt-right,’ which was somewhat tainted after the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in which a counter-protester was killed.
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