Independent autopsy carried out by experts who were engaged by the family of the late George Floyd, have contradicted earlier results released by the State government that he died of Cardiopulmonary arrest.
The independent autopsy says Floyd died of “asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.” after Minneapolis police officers knelt on him during his arrest last week.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African-American man, died in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnesota. While Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on a city street during an arrest, Derek Chauvin, a white AmericanMinneapolis police officer, kept his knee on the right side of Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; according to the criminal complaint against Chauvin, 2 minutes and 53 seconds of that time occurred after Floyd became unresponsive.
Though the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, who conducted the first autopsy, had concluded that Floyd died from a cardiac arrest while being restrained with “neck compression”, an independent autopsy commissioned by Floyd’s family found that Floyd’s death was “caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain”.
This brings into question why such a clear homicide attracted just a meagre charge of third-degree murder. It is expected that protests are going to intensify further in the coming days.