George Floyd’s family is considering legal action over Kanye West’s comments


George Floyd’s Family Considers Legal Action Against Kanye West Comments: Kanye West has claimed that George Floyd, 46, died of drug abuse, and the rapper’s claim has prompted George Floyd’s family to say they are considering legal action against him.

In May 2020, Floyd’s killer, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, was found guilty. He lay on Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes as the unarmed, handcuffed black man yelled: “I can not breathe” while lying face down on the pavement. West (who has legally changed his name to Ye) made the claims during an appearance on the Drink Champs podcast on Saturday.

He was talking about a new film by conservative commentator Candace Owens called The Greatest Lie Ever Sold: George Floyd and the Rise of BLM [Black Lives Matter]who has often sided with West during his recent spate of anti-Semitic and racist remarks.

On behalf of Floyd’s family, civil rights attorney Lee Merritt responded to West’s claims. On October 16, he tweeted, “Although one can’t defame the dead, #GeorgeFloyd’s family is considering legal action over Kanye’s inaccurate remarks about the method of his death.”

“The Floyd family’s fight has been undermined and belittled by claims that Floyd died from fentanyl rather than the brutality proven in the criminal and civil proceedings.”

According to Dr. Andrew Baker, Chief Medical Examiner for Hennepin County, Floyd died as a result of “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement, restraints, restraints, and neck compression.” Floyd had some fentanyl in his blood, but not enough to be considered lethal.

George Floyd's family is considering legal action over Kanye West's comments
George Floyd’s family is considering legal action over Kanye West’s comments

“I can state with a high degree of medical certainty that George Floyd did not die of a primary heart attack and he did not die of a drug overdose,” cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Rich said in court during Chauvin’s trial.

Musicians and religious leaders strongly condemned West’s remarks. Elsewhere in the interview, West continued to persevere in his anti-Semitic remarks and claimed that the owners of Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium canceled four of his concerts after he tweeted that he would be “going death con 3 On Jewish People” on October 9.

The tweet was taken down by Twitter because it violates the terms of service. West was subsequently invited to visit the Holocaust Museum in Los Angeles to “learn how words can provoke horrific murder and genocide.” I want you to go to Planned Parenthood; this is our holocaust memorial, West said on the podcast.

In reference to his recent appearance on HBO’s The Shop, which was not aired due to the use of what host Maverick Carter described as “hate speech and extremely dangerous stereotypes”, West asked the podcast hosts if they would be able to do the interview after he made his comments about Floyd.

In response to West spreading racist conspiracy theories, portions of an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson were also canceled. West wore a number hat “2024” printed on it, possibly indicating his plan to run for president again after his failed 2020 campaign in which he was on just 12 state ballots and garnered less than 60,000 votes. The campaign reportedly violated fundraising laws.

Since West tweeted, “I love the way Candice Owens thinks,” sometime in 2018 the two are linked. She rose to prominence as a black author and commentator with her criticism of Black Lives Matter and her support for Trump. At Paris Fashion Week, the duo recently presented a “White Lives Matter” a shirt.

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