Family Autopsy Finds That George Floyd Died of Asphyxiation Due to Sustained Neck & Back Pressure

June 2, 2020

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On Monday, attorneys for George Floyd's family revealed that a private autopsy found that Floyd died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression when a white Minneapolis police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck until he stopped breathing. The autopsy, conducted by a doctor who also examined Eric Garner's body, found that the pressure applied by Officer Derek Chauvin cut off blood to Floyd's brain and made it hard for him to breathe. Due to this finding, Floyd family attorney Ben Crump called for the third-degree murder charge against Chauvin to be upgraded to first-degree homicide. As the AP notes, the family's autopsy differed from the official one, which 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."