An independent autopsy of George Floyd revealed that he died from asphyxia due to sustained forceful pressure and the manner of death was homicide, numerous sources reported Monday.
George Floyd — whose neck was knelt on by officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis for over 8 minutes — was under sustained neck pressure that impeded blood flow to his brain while weight on his back impeded his ability to breathe, ABC 5 reported after the findings were announced Monday afternoon.
The independent autopsy was conducted by Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson, who were hired by the Floyd family’s legal team to conduct the autopsy. (RELATED: ‘Ruining Our Lives’: Black Conservative Leaders Condemn George Floyd Riots)
“George died because he needed a breath, a breath of air,” Crump said during a news conference Monday afternoon according to Star Tribune. “For George Floyd, the ambulance was his hearse.”
Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Floyd’s family, said the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office’s preliminary autopsy results didn’t address the “effect of the purposeful use of force on Mr. Floyd’s neck.”
“We are not surprised, yet we are tragically disappointed in the preliminary autopsy findings released today by the medical examiner,” Crump said Saturday, according to ABC 5. “We hope that this does not reflect efforts to create a false narrative for the reason George Floyd died. Attempts to avoid the hard truth will not stand and on behalf of the family, we are fiercely committed to bringing the truth to light.”
The initial autopsy “revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.” It also reported that Floyd had underlying health conditions that, when paired with “any potential intoxicants in his system” and being restrained by police, contributed to his death, according to ABC 5.
“What we know is clear,” Antonio Romanucci, Crump’s co-counsel, said, according to Star Tribune. “George Floyd was alive before his encounter with police, and he was dead after that encounter. We believe there is clear proximity between the excessive use of force and his death.”