George Floyd's death ruled murder by independent autopsy

George Floyd’s death was ruled a homicide due to asphyxia caused by sustained forceful pressure to his neck, according to an independent autopsy conducted by Floyd’s family’s legal team.

The findings were announced by attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel Antonio Ramanucci, who are both representing the family, on Monday afternoon.

According to the autopsy conducted by Dr Michael Baden and Dr Allecia Wilson, Floyd was killed by sustained pressure to his neck which impeded blood flow to his brain while weight on his back impeded his ability to breathe.

‘We are not surprised, yet we are tragically disappointed in the preliminary autopsy findings released today to the medical examiner,’ Crump said.

‘We hope that this does not reflect efforts to create a false narrative for the reason George Floyd died. Attempts to avoid the hard truth will not stand and on behalf of the family, we are fiercely committed to bringing the truth to light.’

Floyd’s death has since sparked nationwide protests after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck for more than eight minutes while Floyd pleaded that he could not breath. Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, although Floyd’s family is calling for the other three officers involved in the incident to face charges.

However, preliminary autopsy results from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office ‘revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation’ and said Floyd’s death was the result of a combination underlying health conditions, including a coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease, and possible drug use.

‘The combined effects of Mr Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death,’ the report said.

Officials have not released any details on any intoxicants Floyd may have been using and toxicology results often take weeks.

Romanucci said that, even though the independent autopsy found it was Chauvin’s knee that ultimately killed Floyd, his death was the result of a toxic culture within the Minneapolis Police Department.

‘The City of Minneapolis clearly had a pattern, custom and practice of failing to train and discipline its police officers, creating a culture of of impunity allowing them to treat people of color as lesser human beings, unworthy of basic respect,’ Romanuccci said.

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