A private post-mortem examination ordered by the family of George Floyd has found that he died of “asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.”
The latest findings contradict the preliminary autopsy by Hennepin County, which concluded that there was “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxiation or strangulation.”
Floyd was apprehended by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last Monday, and one of the officers pinned his knee to Floyd’s neck as Floyd called out that he couldn’t breathe.
The independent examiners found that weight on Floyd’s back, the handcuffs and the positioning were contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Floyd’s diaphragm to function. The report concluded that Floyd, 46, died at the scene.
“The ambulance was the hearse,” Ben Crump, an attorney for Floyd’s family, said at a news conference announcing the findings.
Later Monday, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office released its initial findings of their autopsy and also declared Floyd’s death was a homicide caused by “a cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by law enforcement officer(s).”
Dr. Michael Baden and the University of Michigan Medical School’s director of autopsy and forensic services, Dr. Allecia Wilson, handled the newly announced independent examination.
Source: ABC News