Official autopsy reveals Floyd's 'homicide' caused by 'neck compression'

WION Web Team
Minneapolis, United States Published: Jun 02, 2020, 07.55 AM(IST)

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According to a statement released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner in Minneapolis, he died of 'cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression,' and the manner of death was 'homicide.'

The death of George Floyd, which triggered widespread protests across the US, has been declared a homicide in an official post-mortem examination.

According to a statement released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner in Minneapolis, he died of "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression," and the manner of death was "homicide." 

Floyd's other significant health conditions were listed as "arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease; fentanyl intoxication; recent methamphetamine use."

The statement added that the "manner of death is not a legal determination of culpability or intent."

It emphasized that under Minnesota state law "the Medical Examiner is a neutral and independent office and is separate and distinct from any prosecutorial authority or law enforcement agency."

A video showing a white police officer continuing to kneel on Floyd's neck even after he pleaded he could not breathe has reignited deep-seated anger over police killings of black Americans.

It has led to six consecutive days of protests around the United States and a level of civil unrest not seen in decades.

The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter and will appear in court next week. Three other police officers have been fired.

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