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George Floyd Murdered; Independent Autopsy

George Floyd WAS murdered by Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin after knee on his neck ’caused asphyxia that led to lack of blood flow to brain’, says independent autopsy ordered by family. He died of a homicide caused by asphyxia due to compression on his neck and back leading to a lack of blood flow to his brain, an independent autopsy ordered by his family has found.

Attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel Antonio Romanucci, who are representing the family of George Floyd, announced the findings of the independent autopsy Monday afternoon. 

Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson were hired by the Floyd family’s legal team to conduct the independent autopsy after rejecting the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s official ruling that he hadn’t died from strangulation.  

The pathologists say the sustained pressure applied by Officer Derek Chauvin on George Floyd’s neck impeded blood flow to his brain, while weight applied by another officer, who had placed both of his knees into his back, also impeded his ability to breath. 

Their independent evaluation also found that Floyd had ‘no underlying medical problems that caused or contributed to his death.’

‘The compressive pressure on the neck are not seen at autopsy because the pressure is released by the time the body has come to the medical office. It can only be seen when the pressure is being applied – or in this instance in the video. 

‘This is confirmed by information from myself, from Dr. Wilson, and from the family,’ Baden said. ‘[Mr. Floyd] was in good health.’

The cause of death was ruled mechanical asphyxia, with the manner of death ruled a homicide.  

The findings of Baden and Wilson greatly differ from the ruling of an autopsy conducted by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office on Floyd last week.

The county’s autopsy found ‘no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation,’ the report also said Floyd had underlying health conditions, including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease

In conclusion, the examiner suggested Floyd likely died from a combination of his underlying health conditions and potential intoxicants in his system that were exacerbated by the restraint placed on him by police officers. 

Baden criticized those findings Monday, pointing out that the emphasis the pressure on his neck may have had on his death wouldn’t show up in an autopsy because the pressure is released by the time body arrived at the examiner’s office.

‘It can only be seen when the pressure is being applied – or in this instance in the video,’ Baden said. ‘Pressure on the neck can interfere with blood flow and oxygen going to the brain, and pressure to the back interferes with breathing. 

Baden also refuted the idea that Floyd had coronary artery disease. In a comment in reference to his age group’s susceptibilty to coronavirus, the 85-year-old said, ‘I wish I had the same coronary arteries that Mr. Floyd had.

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