Autopsies say George Floyd's death was homicide

Cheryl Sanders
June 2, 2020

But it also said nothing was found "to support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation".

"Independent medical examiners who conducted an autopsy of Floyd Sunday determined that asphyxiation from sustained pressure was the cause of death", Ben Crump said.

Floyd's family took issue with that conclusion and have demanded Chauvin be charged with first degree murder, and that three other officers at the scene be arrested and charged as complicit with murder.

"The cause of death in my opinion is asphyxia due to compression of the neck", said Michael Baden, one of the independent experts.

Floyd's family and attorneys, like the families of other black men killed by police, commissioned their own autopsy because they didn't trust local authorities to produce an unbiased report.

A spokesperson for the Hennepin County medical examiner declined to comment when asked why the preliminary findings of the autopsy differed from the official report.

A protester faces riot police advancing through tear gas during nationwide unrest following the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Raleigh, North Carolina, US.

"George Floyd was a healthy young man", Crump said. Baden also performed the independent autopsy of billionaire and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Baden and Wilson found that weight being applied to Floyd's back, his hands being cuffed behind his back and the position of his body, where he was also at times being restrained by other officers as he lay on the ground, "were contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Mr Floyd's diaphragm to function". He said Brown didn't reveal signs of a struggle, casting doubt on a claim by police that a struggle between Brown and the officer led to the shooting.

Atlanta's mayor says two police officers have been fired and three placed on desk duty pending review over excessive use of force during a protest incident Saturday night.

The head of the Minneapolis police union said in a letter to members that the officers were fired without due process and labour attorneys are fighting for their jobs. Lt.

Gov. Tim Walz has put the attorney general, Keith Ellison, in charge of the prosecution following requests from the Floyd family. Frey said Kroll's opposition to reform and lack of empathy for the community has undermined trust in the police.

Freeman remains on the case.

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