The defense in the Derek Chauvin trial is requesting to introduce evidence related to a prior arrest of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police about one year before the deadly encounter outside Cup Foods. In both cases, Floyd is alleged to have ingested drugs in his possession upon his arrest and the defense argued…

“The similarities are incredible, it’s the exact same behavior in two incidents almost exactly one year apart.”

The state countered…

“The desperation of the defense to smear Mr. Floyd’s character by showing that he struggled with, an opioid addiction like so many Americans do, is really just evidence of bad character.”

Pills found in the squad car Floyd had been in on May 25th, 2020 were found to contain methamphetamine and fentanyl. The defense says Floyd, who suffered from hypertension, was told by paramedics during his May 2019 arrest that he was putting his life at risk by taking drugs. The judge is taking the defense’s request under advisement.