Floyd Family Urges Peace,
Healing, Non-Violence in
Spite of Contradictory Autopsy
An independent autopsy found that George Floyd's death was a homicide and the unarmed-wrist-restrained black man died of "asphyxiation from sustained pressure." The autopsy says compression to Floyd's neck and back led to a lack of blood flow to his brain. Floyd was essentially "dead on the scene" in Minneapolis on May 25, said Ben Crump, attorney for the Floyd family. Multiple videos of Floyd's death show former police officer Derek Chauvin's knee on Floyd's neck, along with other officers kneeling on his back.
"The ambulance was his hearse," Crump told reporters Monday. "George died because he needed a breath. He needed a breath of air.""There is no other health issue that could cause or contribute to the death," said Dr. Michael Baden, one of the independent medical examiners. "Police have this false impression that if you can talk, you can breathe. That's not true."
A homicide is the death of a person caused by another person. It includes murder and manslaughter. Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Crump said he should be charged with first-degree murder.
The independent autopsy's findings come after the Hennepin County Medical Examiner found "no physical findings" to "support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation," according to the criminal complaint.
CNN's Stephanie Gallman, Artemis Moshtaghian and
Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.