'POLICE HAVE THIS FALSE IMPRESSION'
An independent autopsy ordered by the family of George Floyd finds the 46-year-old man was killed by “homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.”
The early findings from the exam were released Monday afternoon by Floyd family attorney Ben Crump. Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson performed the autopsy, reports USA Today.
The doctors said there was “neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain,” and identified “weight on the back, handcuffs and positioning” as contributory factors that caused Floyd’s diaphragm to stop functioning properly. They added that Floyd died at the scene of the incident, not hours later as police had previously reported.
The independent autopsy comes a few days after an official autopsy from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner stated there were no “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.”
The official autopsy noted that for nearly three minutes, Chauvin continued to press his knee into Floyd’s neck, despite Floyd being unresponsive. Three officers at the scene, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, did nothing to intervene.
“What we found is consistent with what people saw,” Baden, who helped conduct the independent autopsy, 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.”