Independent Autopsy Confirms George Floyd Died from Asphyxia, Rules Death a Homicide

Photo: Courtesy Ben Crump Law

An independent autopsy ordered by George Floyd’s family found that Floyd died from asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.

Floyd was murdered by four Minneapolis officers on May 25th. A video of the incident went viral showing fired officer Derek Chauvin, who’s been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, suffocating Floyd by pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck.

A previous autopsy for Floyd, conducted by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, determined that strangulation likely contributed to his death, but it wasn’t the only cause which contrasts the new report.

Dr. Michael Baden, who also completed an autopsy for Eric Garner who died eerily similar to Floyd, said Floyd had no underlying medical problem that caused or contributed to his death. 

He ruled the death a homicide and concluded that Floyd 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.

Crump is calling for the other three officers involved to be arrested and for Chauvin’s charge to be upgraded to first-degree murder.

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