In theory I understand what's being argued in the argument George Floyd's cause of death. But I marvel at the absurdity of the idea that Floyd's body finally gave out from drug use at the moment a cop was kneeling on his chest and compressing his diaphram so he couldn't breathe.
2/ I thought it was a pretty established principle of law that different people's bodies have different levels of fragility. What breaks one person might not break another. And when you kill someone, or take actions that could kill someone you take on that unknown at ...
3/ your own risk.
4/ To make the point crystal clear, there doesn't seem to be any evidence whatsoever drugs played any role in Floyd's death. But even under the hypothetical that either chronic drug use or drugs in his system made it 10% more likely that he would die in that situation ...
5/ that seems basically irrelevant. We don't have to be in peak fitness not to get murdered. And you take on the risk of the uncertainties of how a particular person's body will react when you compress their chest for 10 minutes.

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