Experts hired by the family of George Floyd and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner have concluded that his death was a homicide, but differ in what caused it.
The independent autopsy says Floyd died of “sustained pressure suffocation” when Minneapolis police officers compressed his neck and back during his arrest last week. The pressure cut off the blood flow to his brain, determined that autopsy.
But the medical examiner’s office, in its report also released Monday, said the cause of death is “a cardiopulmonary arrest that complicates neck submission, restriction and compression.” Cardiopulmonary arrest means that Floyd’s heart failed.
The medical examiner did not mention the suffocation.
The Hennepin County statement says heart disease was a problem; the independent examiner does not say so.
The county said the use of fentanyl and methamphetamine was among the “significant conditions,” but its report did not say how much of the drugs were in Floyd’s system or how it could have contributed.
“Whether or not he was intoxicated or had medications in his system is irrelevant to the cause of death, which is homicide, which is the death of someone else’s hand,” Floyd’s family attorney, Antonio, told CNN. Romanucci. “The end result, which is the death of George Floyd, would be no different.”
Floyd, 46, was essentially “dead on the scene” on May 25, said Ben Crump, a family attorney.
Multiple videos of Floyd’s death show former police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck, along with other officers kneeling on his back.
The officer had his knee around Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds total and two minutes and 53 seconds after Floyd did not respond, according to the criminal complaint against Chauvin, who is facing death charges.
Hennepin County coroner says Floyd didn’t suffocate
The independent autopsy findings came after the Hennepin County Medical Examiner found no “physical findings” to “support a diagnosis of traumatic suffocation or strangulation,” according to a criminal complaint released by the Hennepin County Prosecutor’s Office. on Friday.
Preliminary autopsy results cited in the complaint involving Chauvin said the combined effects of being restricted, any possible intoxicants in Floyd’s system, and his underlying health problems, including heart disease, likely contributed to the man’s death. .
Dr. Michael Baden, one of the independent medical examiners, said “There is no other health problem that can cause or contribute to death.”
“The police have the false impression that if you can speak, you can breathe. That is not true,” said Baden.
“George died because he needed a breath. He needed an air breath,” Crump told reporters.
Lawyer filing charges against all officers Floyd died four minutes after he was kept on the ground, independent examiners said.
Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Crump said he should be charged with first-degree murder.
The other three officers seen in the video were also fired, but were not charged.
Romanucci said the three “need to be criminally charged” since, he said, “they knew that what they were doing could cause death.”
A homicide is the death of one person caused directly by another person. Includes murder and manslaughter. To be guilty, you just need to know that what you are doing could cause death, Romanucci said.
“They knew they were employing restrictions that could or could cause death,” he said.