Independent Autopsy Finds George Floyd’s Death Was “Caused By Asphyxia”
According to ABC News, an independent autopsy ordered by the family of George Floyd, who was killed during an encounter with Minneapolis police last week, found that Floyd died from “asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.”
The autopsy was performed by Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson, the University of Michigan Medical School's director of autopsy and forensic services, according to the Floyd family’s attorney, Ben Crump.
The examiners’ early findings indicate that “weight on the back, handcuffs and positioning were contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Floyd's diaphragm to function,” ABC News reported.
The official examination of Floyd’s body has not yet been completed, but the criminal complaint against former officer Derek Chauvin indicates the medical examiner’s “initial findings revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.”
Floyd’s “underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease” were also noted in the complaint.
ABC News reported that Baden “previously performed independent autopsies on Eric Garner, who was killed by a police officer in Staten Island, New York, in 2014 and Michael Brown, who was shot by officers in Ferguson, Missouri, that same year.”
Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter after he was caught on video pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee while Floyd complained that he could not breathe. Chauvin and three other officers involved in the incident were fired last week.