Autopsies reveal homicide in George Floyd case

Cheryl Sanders
June 3, 2020

Separately, the state of Minnesota filed a civil rights charge against the Minneapolis Police Department on Tuesday.

The examiner's previous report in the criminal complaint against Chauvin, who has been charged with third-degree murder for Floyd's death, had stated that the autopsy "revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation".

Floyd, a 46-year-old black Minneapolis resident, died after a white cop was caught on video kneeling on his neck for almost 9 minutes during what should have been a routine bust May 25 - sparking widespread racially charged protests. Three other officers, who were also present at the scene and fired from the jobs along with Chauvin, have not been charged as of yet. George Floyd's dying moments were captured on video and are on display for all to see. Three Minneapolis police officers watched and did nothing to stop a fourth one from applying lethal force to clamp Floyd's windpipe and suffocate him, long after whatever threat he might have posed had been neutralized.

The coroner's report listed as the cause of death cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression, and named other significant conditions, including arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease, fentanyl intoxication and recent use of methamphetamine.

The external pressure prevented breathing due to a compression of the lungs and diaphragm.

"We believe that the officer who has his knee on his back was just as culpable for the death of George Floyd as was the officer that put his knee in his neck based on the science", Crump added. Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to be in attendance at Floyd's funeral, Crump said.

His death has triggered numerous protests across the country as local, state and national leaders have scrambled to contain the unrest.

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