Independent autopsy and Minnesota officials say George Floyd’s death was a homicide

Written by on June 2, 2020

George Floyd independent autopsy and Minnesota officials say death ...

Experts hired by George Floyd’s family and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner have concluded his death was a homicide, but they differ on what caused it.

The independent autopsy says Floyd died of “asphyxiation from sustained pressure” when his neck and back were compressed by Minneapolis police officers during his arrest last week.

The pressure cut off blood flow to his brain, that autopsy determined.

But the medical examiner’s office, in its report, also released Monday, said that the cause of death is “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.”

Cardiopulmonary arrest means Floyd’s heart failed. The medical examiner made no mention of asphyxiation. The Hennepin County release says heart disease was an issue; the independent examiner didn’t find that.

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