George Floyd: Independent autopsy report finds Minneapolis man died due to lack of oxygen
An independent autopsy report has revealed George Floyd died due to asphyxia – a condition arising when the body is deprived of oxygen, causing unconsciousness or death.
Floyd, an African-American man, died in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25, when a white Minneapolis police officer named Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for roughly eight minutes nonstop, two out of which he was unresponsive.
A report by two medical examiners and two attorneys representing his family on Monday, June 1, showed the officer who was kneeing on the 46-year-old’s neck not only killed him but also officers who were pressing their weight onto his back while he was on the ground.
“The cause of death, in my opinion, is asphyxia, due to compression to the neck – which can interfere with oxygen going to the brain – and compression to the back, which interferes with breathing,” Dr Michael Baden, a former New York City medical examiner and one of the pair, said at a news conference.
“Beyond doubt, he would be alive today if not for the pressure applied to his neck by officer Derek Chauvin and the strain on his body by two other officers,” Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the Floyd family added.
The report differed with the one done by a Hennepin County medical examiner who said Floyd’s death was caused by his underlying medical conditions due to ‘recent methamphetamine use’ and ‘fentanyl intoxication’ – along with hypertension and coronary artery disease.
Floyd’s death sparked protests across the United States even as President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the military to crack down on the protestors.
“Crossing State lines to incite violence is a federal crime. Liberal governors and mayors must get much tougher or the federal government will step in and do what has to be done, and that includes using the unlimited power of our military and many arrests,” Trump tweeted.