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George Floyd died due to compression to neck: Autopsy

Source: ANI   -  Edited By: Roshneesh Kmaneck
June 02, 2020 11:16 IST
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An independent autopsy commissioned by George Floyd's family found that he died of asphyxia due to sustained pressure to his neck and back, his family said in a statement on Monday.

IMAGE: A man kneels and holds up his fist at a memorial site where George Floyd died in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photograph: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

"The evidence is consistent with mechanical asphyxia as the cause of death," Dr Allecia Wilson, one of the examiner was quoted as saying by CNN. "Sustained pressure on the right side of Floyd's carotid artery impeded blood flow to the brain, and weight on his back impeded his ability to breathe," he added.


The statement further said the medical examiners believe, based on all available evidence, that Floyd died at the scene due to "asphyxiation from sustained pressure."

The independent autopsy, however, contradicts the Hennepin County autopsy report that found heart disease, hypertension and potential intoxicants contributed to Floyd's death.

A preliminary report had found "no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation."

IMAGE: Terrence Floyd arrives at the site where his brother George Floyd was killed by police one week ago in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Floyd called for peace and justice after his brother's death, thanking those who continue to protest and imploring people to cease the damage and destruction which has followed. Photograph: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Demonstrators across the United States have been protesting since May 25, when Floyd, died under the police custody in the city of Minneapolis.

Around 4,000 people across the United States have been arrested during the massive protests over the death of African-American man George Floyd last month, CNN reported.

The Trump administration will deploy more federal resources throughout the country to reduce violence linked to recent anti-racism protests, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.

"There will be additional federal assets deployed across the nation," McEnany said. "There will be a central command center in conjunction with the state and local governments that will include General [Mark] Milley, Secretary [Mark] Esper, and [Attorney General William] Barr." 

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Source: ANI  -  Edited By: Roshneesh Kmaneck