Exclusive With Morries As George Floyd Trial II Is Set To Commence

By Maryam Henein

On the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death, I scored an opportunity to conduct an exclusive interview with his long-time friend Morries Lester Hall, aka Reese, a convicted felon in recovery who was with the “Gentle Giant” at the time of his arrest in May 2020.

After two years, Hall finally broke his silence, and the two-hour exchange is a nugget you won’t want to miss.

George Floyd continues to make waves today. My interview arrives on the dawn of an upcoming state trial for ex-officers Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao. Ex-rookie officer Thomas Lane recently pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter as part of a deal. State and defense attorneys jointly recommended to the court a sentence of 36 months. Lane is scheduled to be sentenced on September 21, 2022, for the state charge, according to the court.

Just a few months ago, the three officers were found guilty on the federal level for charges of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter and aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder. That sentencing has not yet taken place, and many believe they were not granted a fair trial. Morries thinks their guilty conviction is “a start.”

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During a two-year actual investigation for my upcoming book George Floyd: A Multi-Layered Psyop Examined, I came to suspect Hall was a snitch. After applying for FOIA documents, I learned that for a hot minute Morries indeed did give information to the police. According to a police officer, Hall stopped cooperating and that factored into their decision to submit charges.

“As of today’s date, 09/20/2019, HALL has not kept in touch with me regarding the agreement in future narcotic and weapons investigations. Because HALL has not upheld our agreement, I will be forwarding this case to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges.” 

Clearly, the authorities were “over-exerting” their power and pressuring him. To what end? (If you look at the report below, you will notice that Hall got in trouble with authorities, post-George Floyd.)

I called the number listed under Morries on the police reports and surprisingly Morries picked up. And he was willing to talk to me. Granted, he thought I was with The Washington Post – and asked if anyone from my team was interested in buying footage of him and George Floyd at Chuck E Cheese. I figured he wouldn’t understand that investigative journalists like me are blackballed from the mainstream. We chatted a few times before I asked if he’d grant me an interview. Then, Morries disappeared for weeks. I wondered if he’d somehow figured out that I didn’t blindly tote the mainstream narrative. I then learned that, once again, he’d been listed as a witness for  Tou Thao and the State.

When I covered the Derek Chauvin trial in 2021, I’d assumed Hall had struck a deal with the government. Originally in June 2020, the 44-year old whose nickname is Reese, fled to Houston because he had two warrants. He was arrested as a fugitive out of state in early June. But then the following day, the case was dropped and sealed, and Morries went on to do Good Morning America.

Eventually, Hall invoked his Fifth Amendment right to not testify and successfully moved to quash a subpoena.

Floyd Family Exposed & Other Revelations

After two weeks of silence, Hall called me from a different number. Guess who it is, he joked. I was genuinely happy to connect with him again. I genuinely liked the guy.

Hall admitted that he’d just had a bad two weeks. The authorities had recirculated an old charge, to which he had pleaded guilty. Now, instead of using his cell phone, he was calling me from a rehab facility for substance abuse. I wondered if the feds were putting the squeeze on him.

“Are you going to testify this time?” I asked. He told me that the prosecution wasn’t going to call him on him and that he told the Defense he’d plead the Fifth once again.

I am going to go with you, he revealed. I hoped Hall could help me confirm a cover-up inside Cup Foods I had stumbled upon and figure out the inner workings of this psyop.

Here are 12 of Lester Hall’s main talking points that were discussed in our interview.

1 – Hall didn’t get the “blessings” from the Floyd family. From his perspective, he was “thrown under the bus.” He was going to be a star witness but, instead, the courts treated him like he was a “piece of shit” and resurrected past charges. Hall is upset he didn’t get part of the $27 million from the Floyd family. That was just the civil suit. The Floyd family also raised at least another $14 million via the crooked GoFundMe. In fact, Hall revealed that the Floyd family has never even bothered to meet with him. “Regardless of what you think of me, wouldn’t you want to meet the person who was with your loved one the day he died. Bro had my name in his mouth on his deathbed when he said “Reese, I love you.”

Hall has a point. No one will hire him and he doesn’t want to go back to a life of selling drugs. Why wouldn’t the FLOYD Estate and Benjamin Crump care about this man’s Black life? Hall should consider throwing the Floyd family under the bus and blow the lid off this psyop.

2 – Counterfeit $20 bills – George Floyd had counterfeit bills, not Hall. Because George died, Hall says that now no one can tell us where the fake dough came from. But I disagree. I suspect the night manager at Cup Foods knows. Morries admitted he had 7K of his own real money on him. I didn’t bother to ask how he made that much money. Morries also now hints that it’s a lie that George was taking a snooze while the Cup Food employees tried to retrieve a real $20. Hall can be seen ripping a fake bill on the ground during the interaction with Cup Foods’ young employees. Personally, I still don’t understand why the boys didn’t try to talk to George that day.

3 – Hall and Floyd spent the whole day together. Morries mentioned that earlier that day George was cleaning up a yard for a BBQ they never got to have. He doesn’t mention “hooping” aka playing basketball. George Floyd told the officers that was why he had foam around his mouth.

4 – Hall said Floyd “was not high, he was only scared.” While Hall admits “Big Floyd and he did use drugs during that phase in their lives, Hall insisted that George was not on drugs that day, he was just scared. Yet according to Derek Chauvin’s 82-page brief for his appeal, Hall reportedly told  BCA Agent Doug Henning during an interview that Floyd “ingested drugs upon his arrest and was intoxicated.” Because Hall pleaded the Fifth, Chauvin moved to subpoena Agent Henning to testify to Hall’s statements. Despite this, the Court also quashed Henning’s testimony finding. It was concluded that Hall’s statements to police were not “so far contrary to the declarant’s penal interest” as to clearly subject him “to criminal liability.”

5 – Hall didn’t know Shawanda Hill. He says he met her inside Cup Foods. With that said, the media told us they all met coincidentally that day. But that is not true … Dragon Wok surveillance footage I acquired shows Hall and Floyd arriving there at the same time.

6 – Hall says he wasn’t an informant. It turns out that Hall only gave information about someone who owed him 20K and was already in jail. He then stopped returning the police’s calls and texts.

7 – Hall said this about Floyd’s death: “Money didn’t kill him, drugs didn’t kill him, Reese didn’t kill him, compression of the neck killed him. But does he know that they coerced Medical Examiner Andrew Baker to add that in? Initially, Baker said that if Floyd had been “found dead at home alone and no other apparent causes,” it would have been “acceptable” to call his death an overdose. Baker added, “I am not saying this killed him.” Does Hall know there was no evidence of asphyxia, e.g. physical bruising? When asked if Derek Chauvin’s knee would anatomically cut off George Floyd’s airway, Dr. Baker responds “In my opinion it would not.” With this said, George very well could have panicked, yet there were several other factors involved, including drugs in his system and health conditions.  For instance, one of Floyd’s coronary arteries was 90 percent blocked and two others were narrowed by 75 percent.

8 – Hall declined to talk about the Cup Foods manager even though he referred to him more than five times while being detained on May 25th. For the juiciness behind this discovery, you will need to read my upcoming book and documentary. But I contend there is a cover-up and possible informant inside Cup Foods.

9 – Hall said he had $7,000 of real money on him that day: “… my money, our money.” (Hall’s and Floyd’s money.) He said they did not keep tabs and shared. He insisted that all of the money he was carrying was real. Yet he says that I’d need to ask George where he got his. He points out that on camera you can see that he is the one who takes money from George Floyd, so how can he have been the one to give him fake money.



10 – Following Floyd’s death, Hall spent five months in a reputable treatment clinic in Houston. He was confirmed to have severe PTSD.

11 – Hall insists that Derek Chauvin and George Floyd didn’t know each other from working at the same club and that this was NOT a personal hit.

12 – Hall says police overexert their power, and that racism truly exists. He seems to believe due to his own experiences that George died due to neck compression, and says drugs were not a factor whatsoever. He is the victim of a broken system that does not really give opportunities to inmates once caught in a vicious cycle. Benjamin Crump says there is a crisis in Black America; why hasn’t he helped Morries’ Black life?

I haven’t spoken to Morries since our interview. I believe humans should be given opportunities to change and break out of a broken system. I would even go as far as to say, I think the Floyd Estate should give Morries some money, even if it is just to shut him up. Darnella, who had a grin on her face while capturing the “horrific murder,” raised nearly a million. Unless it doesn’t make sense for them to pay an accomplice to the murder of their loved one?

Opening statements of the joint trial are set for July 5, 2022. Cameras are not being allowed inside, but a Media Coalition that enabled live streaming with Derek’s trial is contesting. They argue that the courts are talking out of both sides of their mouth. On one hand, they contend that the court says the pandemic is no longer an issue, yet they are still not allowing more than two journalists inside the courtroom at a time. They conclude that the restrictions on courtroom access to the Floyd II trial violate the First Amendment and the common law.

Support investigative journalist Maryam Henein. She raised more than one million to produce, direct, and write the award-winning documentary Vanishing of the Bees. Now she needs to raise 15K to cover costs and pay an editor on a story they don’t want you to know.

https://www.givesendgo.com/MaryamHenein

Website: https://www.georgefloydreview.org/

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