The official postmortem has declared the death of George Floyd, which has sparked widespread protests in the United States, a homicide.
The 46-year-old black American died during an arrest after the policeman identified as Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for about ten minutes.
The post-mortem found that Floyd died of cardiopulmonary arrest as a result of law enforcement subdual, restrain, that caused neck compressions.
The incident has sparked protests in over 70 US cities and even worldwide. It has been reported that Crowds protested at various US embassies.
In the meantime, U.S. President Donald Trump has promised to use military forces to suppress protests if various governors and city administrators fail to act effectively against these demonstrations that have now turned into violence, looting and molesting of properties.
It all started online after a video posted showing a policeman kneeling on Floyd during an arresting operation. In the video Floyd can be heard pleading with the police that he can’t breathe, but the police seem less bothered and knelt for about ten minutes, the cause of death. Bystanders, are also seen and heard pleading with the police to check the pulse.
And now it has been seven consecutive days now, demos have been seen across America and around the world. In America, the demos have exceeded levels that have not been observed in history.
Officer, Derek Chauvin the one kneeling in the footage, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder. He is expected to appear in court soon. The lawyer, who represents the Floyd family, complained that the first-degree charges against Chauvin should have been brought.
The investigation, carried out by Hennepin County Medical’s doctor’s office, also revealed evidence of heart disease and recent drug use. The main results, however, were the cardiac arrest he suffered when he was arrested by the police on May 25th.
The results were released shortly after a private investigation conducted by medical examiners commissioned by the Floyd family.
This report states that Mr. Floyd died of suffocation (a condition caused by lack of oxygen) due to compression on his neck and also on his back. The family’s lawyers said a statement that the death was also a murder.
Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the Floyd family, said that Floyd would no doubt be alive today if not the pressure that officer Derek Chauvin put on his neck and the strain on his body from two other officers. The lawyer added that the ambulance was the hearse for Floyd.
Also, Dr. Michael Baden, who participated in the independent autopsy at the behest of Floyd’s family, said that the actions of the other two officers also caused Mr. Floyd to stop breathing.
He said it can be seen in a little less than four minutes, George was motionless and lifeless.
Dr. Baden has worked on several high-profile cases, including the death of Eric Garner in 2014, a black man who died after being suffocated by the police in New York, added that he found no underlying health issues in Mr. Floyd that might have caused his death.
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