According to an autopsy report, high profile fatal arrest victim George Floyd did not pass away as a direct result of asphyxiation as it was revealed that the suspected fraudster suffered from preexisting medical conditions.
The brutal police arrest–which shows a Minneapolis officer restrain a suspect by kneeling on his neck for several minutes, with footage showing Floyd being unresponsive for more than a third of the footage, ultimately leading to the suspect’s demise–has sparked a series of riots in the twin city, razing parts of the city to the ground.
In a tweet from the Star Tribune, the autopsy report found that Floyd did not die as a direct result of asphyxiation. They write: “The criminal complaint against Chauvin, citing the autopsy, pointed out that #GeorgeFloyd did not die from strangulation but a combination of being restrained along with various underlying medical conditions including heart disease and hypertension.”
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) May 29, 2020
According to The Washington Times, preliminary findings from a Tuesday autopsy report from Hennepin County Medical Examiner concluded that there were “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxiation or strangulation.”
“Police are trained that this type of restraint with a subject in a prone position is inherently dangerous,” a complaint against disgraced officer Derek Chauvin, who has been hit with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges, making him the first white officer in Minnesota to prosecuted for the death of a black civilian.
Protests around the states have also been reported as many demonstrate against police brutality and racism.
BREAKING: Charging doc against Minneapolis police officer who kept his knee on George Floyd’s neck says autopsy revealed: “No physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation”…combination of force & health problems contributed to death. (CNN) pic.twitter.com/dkKuD0Eqqy
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) May 29, 2020
Commenters on social media were not best pleased at the findings, looking past the victim’s medical conditions and focusing on the officer’s unnecessary arrest.
“Oh this is a bad one. WTF, the cops KNEE was on his f***ng neck. Who cares about his pre-existing conditions!” tweeted one account.
A second wrote: “Doesn’t that just mean his hyoid wasn’t broken? Clearly his airway was blocked.”
A third chimed in with: “Can we please have someone sit on Derek Chauvin in the same manner for a full 9 minutes, film it? Let us see if there is traumatic findings after? If they are confident it was no big deal, this should be easy enough to replicate, rule out?”