By Duncan Smith
An independent autopsy of George Floyd requested by his family has turned up a different cause of death than the official coroner’s report.
The autopsy results, released by lawyers for the Floyd family, said it concluded that George Floyd did die from asphyxia due to neck and back compression, which is not what the Hennepin County coroner concluded.
Fox News reports:
The family’s attorney, Ben Crump, announced the autopsy results during an afternoon news conference. Crump said the autopsy found the compression cut off blood to Floyd’s brain, and weight on his back made it hard to breathe.
The family’s autopsy differed from the official autopsy as described in a criminal complaint against the officer accused of killing Floyd. That autopsy included the effects of being restrained, along with underlying health issues and potential intoxicants in Floyd’s system, but also found nothing “to support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.”
Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden was one of two doctors hired by the Floyd family to conduct an independent review after prosecutors said a preliminary finding from the official autopsy concluded the combined effects of being restrained, potential intoxicants in Floyd's system and his underlying health issues, including heart disease, likely contributed to his death.
Baden has also conducted other independent, high-profile cases of alleged police brutality to include Eric Garner, a black man placed in a chokehold by New York City police officers attempting to arrest him for selling loose cigarettes. They would not let up on Garner even as he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe.
In a disturbing video of his arrest, Floyd can be heard several times saying he couldn’t breathe.
It’s not clear at this point if the Hennepin County Coroner’s office has been briefed on these new findings.
Chauvin was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder. The new findings, should they hold up, mean that could raise the charge to first-degree murder.
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