According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office, George Floyd did not die of Asphyxia.
Asphyxia is a condition arising when the body is deprived of oxygen, causing unconsciousness or death; suffocation.
In the charges brought against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Friday, a new finding shows the county medical examiner concluded the death of George Floyd was not a result of asphyxia or strangulation.
An autopsy of Floyd was conducted Tuesday following his death on Monday after Chauvin restrained him for nearly nine minutes by pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck.
The full report by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office is pending but so far has found “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.”
Floyd’s underlying health conditions included coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. The report says the underlying health conditions, combined with Chauvin’s restraint and any possible intoxicants in Floyd’s system, likely contributed to his death.
This was an interesting finding and one that wasn’t backed up by the video we have seen. The tragic video we saw seemed to point to the cause of death being asphyxia.
There will certainly be more to come out of this.
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