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Family autopsy: Floyd asphyxiated by sustained pressure

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Dr. Michael Baden

MINNEAPOLIS — An autopsy commissioned for George Floyd’s family found that Floyd died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes and ignored his cries of distress, the Floyd family’s attorneys said Monday.

The autopsy by a doctor who also examined Eric Garner’s body found the compression cut off blood to Floyd’s brain, and weight on his back made it hard to breathe.

The family’s autopsy differs from the official autopsy as described in a criminal complaint against the officer.

MORE: Medical Examiner: Floyd's death a homicide

That autopsy included the effects of being restrained, along with underlying health issues and potential intoxicants in Floyd’s system, but also said it found nothing “to support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.”

Floyd, a black man who was in handcuffs at the time, died after the white officer ignored bystander shouts to get off him and Floyd’s cries that he couldn’t breathe.

His death, captured on citizen video, sparked days of protests in Minneapolis that have spread to cities around America.

MORE: Floyd's brother pleads for peace


By AMY FORLITI
Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The family of George Floyd says an independent autopsy has found that he died of asphyxiation from sustained pressure on his back and neck.

Floyd, a black man who was in handcuffs at the time, died a week ago after a white Minneapolis officer held his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes.

The officer ignored bystander shouts to get off him and Floyd's cries that he couldn't breathe.

The family's autopsy differs from the official autopsy as described in a criminal complaint against the officer. That autopsy said the effects of restraint contributed to Floyd's death, but it ruled out asphyxiation or strangulation.

Associated Press

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