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Independent Autopsy Determines George Floyd’s Cause Of Death Was ‘Homicide Caused By Asphyxia’

by Stephanie Kaloi

An independent autopsy conducted at the request of George Floyd’s family has determined that he died from “homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.” The family had previously announced that they would be seeking an independent autopsy over the weekend.

The independent autopsy was conducted by Dr. Michael Baden and the University of Michigan Medical School’s director of autopsy and forensic services, Dr. Allecia Wilson. Their report also states that they found “weight on the back, handcuffs and positioning were contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Floyd’s diaphragm to function.”

Last week, findings from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner had initially concluded that “combined effects of Mr. Floyd’s being restrained by police, underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system” caused his death.

However, the family’s lawyer Benjamin Crump soundly rejected these claims.

The family subsequently released a statement clarifying that they would ask for their own autopsy “because the results do not address in detail the effect of purposeful use of force on Mr. Floyd’s neck and the extent of Mr. Floyd’s suffering at the hands of police, the family has chosen to engage an independent medical examiner to conduct their own autopsy.”

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has not yet released its final conclusion. The release of the independent autopsy comes a week after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, and community members have gathered all day to mark the grim marker.

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