George Floyd’s official autopsy report finds “murder”

George Floyd made a “heart and lung arrest” because of his immobilisation by police, confirms an official autopsy report published on Monday, ending in a “murder”. Another autopsy, ordered by the family, believes this African-American who died last Monday in Minneapolis was “suffocated by prolonged pressure.”

Two autopsies by George Floyd were published Monday, June 1st. One, official, concludes that this 46-year-old African American died “of murder” because of “the pressure exerted on his neck” by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer and pulled with fentanyl, a powerful opiate.

The victim made a “heart and lung arrest” because of his immobilization of the police, the medical examiner in the county of Hennepin reported in a press release. In his report, he listed “other important parameters: arteriosclerosis and high blood pressure; fentanyl poisoning; recently used amphetamine.”

Until then, the official forensic physician assured him not to have “physical evidence supporting a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or asphyxiation”. “The combined effect of Mr. Floyd’s arrest and detention of the police, his medical history and the possible presence of psychoactive substances in his body probably contributed to his death,” he said in a statement. preliminary report.

The final results were published shortly after family attorneys presented the results of another autopsy conducted by “independent” experts they had ordered. These doctors “concluded that death was a result of prolonged pressure acquisition,” attorney Ben Crump said at a press conference.

Burial on June 9

George Floyd, who police suspect he wanted to fake a $ 20 counterfeit bill, died when he was arrested in Minneapolis, Northern United States, a week ago. According to a video of the drama, which then toured the world, an agent kept him pressed to the ground and kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

The 44-year-old police officer, Derek Chauvin, was dismissed, arrested and charged with “manslaughter”, but his three colleagues present at the time of the crime are not currently being charged.

George Floyd’s funeral will take place June 9 in Houston, his hometown, where his family still lives, the family attorney says. The coffin will be exposed in the evening for a tribute open to the public. Then several ceremonies are planned in his memory. A first anniversary will take place on Thursday afternoon in Minneapolis. A second tribute is scheduled for Saturday in North Carolina, where he was born. Former boxing star Floyd Mayweather will fund the funeral costs, one of his representatives announced Monday night.

With AFP