An independent autopsy released by George Floyd’s family reveals that he was killed by cop Derek Chauvin after knee on his neck caused a lack of blood flow to his brain (Asphyxia).
The attorneys representing the family Ben Crump and Co-counsel Antonio Romanucci revealed the findings on Monday which marks a week after George’s death .
The doctors hired by the Floyd family’s legal team Dr Michael Baden and Dr Alecia Wilson did a cross examination after examiners revealed George didn’t die of strangulation or asphyxia.They confirmed the pressure from the knee of the officer Derek Chauvin stopped the flow of blood to George’s brain and another weight applied on his back by an unnamed officer impeded thebaniliry to breathe.
The evaluation also revealed Floyd had no underlyin medical problems that contributed to his death.
‘This is confirmed by information from myself, from Dr. Wilson, and from the family,’ Baden said. ‘[Mr. Floyd] was in good health.’
Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day after officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground and kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes, ignoring his repeated cries of ‘I can’t breathe.’
‘Many police officers are under the impression that if you can talk, then you can breath. And that’s not true,’ Baden said. ‘So the concept of someone calling out “I can’t breathe” – whether that be Mr. Floyd, or Eric Garner – should be taken seriously.’
Baden said that Floyd didn’t respond to the paramedic’s attempts at CPR or a cardiac shock while he was being transported to the hospital.
‘The ambulance was his hearse,’ Crump said during the Monday afternoon news conference. ‘George died because he needed a breath ‘I implore all of us to take a breath for justice, to take a breath for peace, to take a breath for our country, and to take a breath for George.’
Crump says Officer Chauvin should have been charged with first-degree murder and not third-degree murder. He also called for the arrests of the other three officers who were fired alongside him over Floyd’s death – J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.