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US Medical examiner and family-commissioned autopsy agree: George Floyd's death was a homicide

04:35  02 june  2020
04:35  02 june  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The Hennepin County medical examiner ruled that George Floyd ’ s death was a homicide , caused by The report came out shortly after an independent autopsy commissioned by Floyd ’ s family concluded that his death under Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee was a result of

George Floyd ' s death a homicide , independent autopsy finds. Crump said Floyd ' s death was the result of that sustained pressure to his neck and the pressure on Floyd ' s back from other Wilson said she agreed that further tests would provide more information. Baden said that further testing wouldn't

MINNEAPOLIS  Both the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office and an autopsy commissioned by George Floyd's family have ruled that the death of Floyd – in an incident that has triggered nationwide unrest – was a homicide and the 46-year-old's heart stopped beating while police restrained him and compressed his neck. 

The medical examiner's report released Monday listed "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression" as the cause of death. It came hours after Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump held a press conference to announce the findings of a family-commissioned autopsy. 

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Two autopsies released on Monday – one from the local medical examiner ’s office and one from doctors working with Floyd ’ s family – agreed The reported from the Minneapolis medical examiner classified the death as a “ homicide ”. Meanwhile the autopsy conducted privately for Floyd ’ s family

MINNEAPOLIS – An autopsy commissioned by George Floyd ' s family determined that "asphyxiation from sustained pressure was the cause" of Floyd ' s death in an incident that has Mr. Floyd ’ s death was a homicide by officers who taunted him while holding him down for more than eight minutes.

The family autopsy stated "asphyxiation from sustained pressure was the cause" of Floyd's death.

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Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson performed the autopsy and said there was "neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain," Crump said Monday.

They added that "weight on the back, handcuffs and positioning were contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Mr. Floyd’s diaphragm to function."

Floyd died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes while he was handcuffed on the ground, crying that he couldn't breathe and pleading for help. The incident has galvanized outrage, sparking protests and violence throughout the U.S.

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  George Floyd's family was told other officers 'will be charged' "The two knees at the back compressing his lungs, which is equally important as the neck compression," lawyer Ben Crump said, citing an autopsy paid for by Floyd's family.The attorney for George Floyd's family, Ben Crump, said Tuesday that authorities have told them the other three officers involved in the detainment that preceded his death will be charged.

A medical examiner in Minnesota has classified George Floyd ' s death as a homicide , contradicting a preliminary report It came after the result of an independent autopsy commissioned for Mr Floyd ' s family found that he died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression when a Minneapolis

Authorities in Minnesota said Monday that George Floyd ’ s death was a homicide that occurred while he was being restrained by law enforcement. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said an autopsy listed Floyd ’ s cause of death as a “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement

Monday's medical examiner's report indicates that its finding "is not a legal determination of culpability or intent, and should not be used to usurp the judicial process."

That autopsy found "no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation," according to the document, which suggests Floyd’s existing health conditions – coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease – combined with being restrained by police and any "potential intoxicants in his system" contributed to his death.

a person holding a child in a car: George Floyd died May 25, 2020, after a Minneapolis police officer held his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes. © Photo courtesy of the Floyd family George Floyd died May 25, 2020, after a Minneapolis police officer held his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes.

Baden and Wilson said it appeared that Floyd died at the scene.

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George Floyd , 46, died handcuffed on the street in the custody of police in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. An officer responding to a report that Mr. Floyd had Still unanswered is the question of precisely what caused Mr. Floyd ’ s death . A private autopsy commissioned by his family is scheduled for

The attorney for George Floyd ' s family was set to announce the findings Monday of an independent autopsy into his death after a Minneapolis police officer Floyd , a black man who was in handcuffs at the time, died after the white officer ignored bystander shouts to get off him and Floyd ' s cries that he

"What we found is consistent with what people saw," Baden said. "There is no other health issue that could cause or contribute to the death. Police have this false impression that if you can talk, you can breathe. That’s not true."

Crump had strong words on Floyd's death. 

"For George Floyd, the ambulance was his hearse," he said. "Beyond question, he would be alive today if not for the pressure applied to his neck by fired officer Derek Chauvin and the strain on his body from two additional officers kneeling on him. Mr. Floyd’s death was a homicide by officers who taunted him while holding him down for more than eight minutes. And the officer who stood by doing nothing was a physical blue shield – a living symbol of the code of silence."

Bystanders, who begged officers on the scene to intervene, recorded Floyd's death on video and shared the images on social media. After they went viral, Floyd's death sparked a week of protests in Minneapolis and most major U.S. cities. 

Floyd was arrested on suspicion of trying to use a forged $20 bill.

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George Floyd had fentanyl in his system when he was killed, and died from a heart attack according to the medical examiner . The Hennepin County Medical Examiner released its toxicology findings and say George died from cardiopulmonary arrest which complicated law enforcement' s subdual

George Floyd was killed by "asphyxia due to neck and back compression'' -- and died at the scene, according to an independent medical examiner 's report released Monday. Independent medical examiner releases George Floyd ' s cause of death .

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Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. He is in custody in a state prison. Three other officers who were on the scene have not been detained or charged with any crimes. All four officers were fired the day after Floyd's death.

Gov. Tim Walz said Sunday that Attorney General Keith Ellison would lead prosecutions in Floyd’s death.

"We are going to bring to bear all the resources necessary to achieve justice in this case," Ellison said at a news conference.

 Activists have pressed Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to charge the other three officers and have demonstrated outside his house.

Crump called for Chauvin's charge to be elevated to first-degree murder and for the other three officers involved at the scene to be arrested.

"What we must have is equal justice for the United States of America," Crump said. "The family implores Attorney General Ellison to make equal justice real for black people in 2020 with getting those officers arrested immediately and charged to the fullest extent of the law so that we can believe that there is one justice system in America."

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The city, like others across the nation, has been roiled by demonstrations. Arrests were made after an 8 p.m. curfew Sunday, but they were a tiny proportion of the thousands who peacefully marched around the city and across the Mississippi River bridges Sunday afternoon.

Just south of downtown Minneapolis on Monday afternoon, art student Simone Alexa and three friends were busy painting a mural on a boarded-up storefront, an effort to bring a little beauty to a troubled city.

They were happy that the results of a second autopsy were made public, believing the initial one felt like the beginning of a potential coverup.

“I was surprised that we were able to get a coherent autopsy. So that’s good news,” said Andrew Hinrichs, a 26-year-old native of the Twin Cities.

“I think it’s a step toward truth. I think it’s communication in the line of justice. The fact that we can now say for a fact that officer Chauvin’s actions asphyxiating (Floyd) killed him.”

Alexa’s vision for the mural was to show the passing of the baton from 1960s-era civil rights leaders to today’s Black Lives Matter movement. It will list the names of victims of those struggles, 64 in all. Taylor Kaiser and Calvin Berg were also helping, a process that stretched on for four hours.

Atop her mural, Alexa planned to have the names George Floyd and Martin Luther King Jr. in the largest lettering, side by side. She was hoping that the second autopsy is a sign that justice will happen in Minneapolis.

“The protests aren’t going to stop until it does,” she said.

The homicide declaration did nothing to placate Sharon Tomlinson of Minneapolis, standing feet from where Floyd died last Monday.

“Will we get first-degree murder?” she asked. “We don’t want no third-degree murder because that only carries 12 1/2 years. I need a life sentence so that (Floyd’s) mother, his father, his kids will understand why we did this.”

Tomlinson said she was arrested Sunday night while protesting on Interstate 35. She was released from jail at 4:30 a.m. Monday and planned to be back out that evening, confident that the demonstrators will get the outcome they seek.

“If we stand together and we stand strong and we keep locking arms, we’ll have justice. I know it,” she said.

Contributing: The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Medical examiner and family-commissioned autopsy agree: George Floyd's death was a homicide

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