George Floyd died of asphyxia, private autopsy finds

Elias Hubbard
June 2, 2020

Floyd could be seen on video saying he could not breathe.

Wilson and another autopsy expert, Dr Michael Baden, said they disagreed with the official report, only the summary of which has been released as part of the court document for Chauvin's arrest.

Under "other significant conditions", it said, Floyd suffered from heart disease and hypertension, and listed fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use.

Protests began earlier this week and continued to grow in size following Floyd's death on Monday, after a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck until he stopped breathing. His death, captured on citizen video, sparked days of protests in Minneapolis that have spread to cities around America. He called for the third-degree murder charge against Officer Derek Chauvin to be upgraded to first-degree murder and for three other officers to be charged.

Multiple clashes are being reported in many United States cities as people protest the death of African American George Floyd after his arrest in Minneapolis.

The report notes that manner of death is a "statutory function of the medical examiner" for the purposes of statistics and public health, and is "not a legal determination of culpability or intent" that can be applied in judicial proceedings. "Floyd being restrained by police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death".

Floyd appears to have been "dead on the scene", family attorney Ben Crump said in a news release.

The family's autopsy was done by Michael Baden and Allecia Wilson. It follows the high-profile cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner in NY and others that have driven the Black Lives Matter movement. Floyd became unresponsive after nearly three minutes. Those factors were not listed under cause of death.

Our question this week: What are your thoughts on the George Floyd protests in the U.S.?

The Floyd case has reignited deep-seated anger over police killings of black Americans and racism. Floyd's family and people across the U.S. have urged prosecutors in Minnesota to file charges against the three other officers who were present for the killing. He was originally from Houston, Texas, and there are plans for that city to be his final resting place, with details to be confirmed.

A public memorial is planned for Floyd in Minneapolis on Thursday.

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