An independent autopsy found that George Floyd died from traumatic asphyxia caused by external pressure on his neck and back.
Ben Crump, the attorney for Floyd’s family, announced the new findings on Monday. He said an independent autopsy performed by Dr. Michael Baden determined that Floyd, 46, died from “asphyxiation from sustained pressure” that occurred when former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, kneeled on Floyd’s neck and back.
An initial autopsy conducted by the state medical examiner found that Floyd died from a combination of preexisting conditions, police restraint, and possible “intoxicants” in his body.
But the family was not satisfied by the initial findings and asked Dr. Baden to conduct an independent autopsy.
Dr. Baden performed a second autopsy on Jeffrey Epstein that determined his death was caused by homicidal violence.
Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson performed the autopsy and said there was “neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain,” according to Crump’s statement. They added that “weight on the back, handcuffs and positioning were contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Mr. Floyd’s diaphragm to function.”
Baden said Floyd died at the scene.