Hennepin County Medical Examiner describes Floyd's manner of death as 'homicide"'

An autopsy was also commissioned by Floyd's family

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June 2, 2020 - 8:07am

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The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said Monday that George Floyd's cause of death was "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression."

The medical examiner press release also described Floyd's manner of death as "homicide." And while not included under the section detailing Floyd's cause of death, the report lists several issues labeled as "other signifiant conditions," which include "fentanyl intoxication," "recent methamphetamine use" and "Arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease."

"Manner of death is not a legal determination of culpability or intent, and should not be used to usurp the judicial process," the medical examiner press release cautioned.

Meanwhile, Floyd's family commissioned an autopsy and on Monday Dr. Allecia Wilson said that evidence points to "mechanical asphysixia as the cause of death and homicide as the manner of death" in the 46-year-old Floyd. Dr. Michael Baden, who also conducted that autopsy, according to CBS News, said that he believes the cause of death was asphyxia as result of compression of the back and neck. 

"The cause of death in my opinion is asphyxia due to compression of the neck which ... can interfere with blood flow and oxygen going to the brain, and compression of the back, which interferes with breathing," Baden explained during a press conference.

Civil unrest has erupted around the nation following Floyd's May 25 death after be arrested by Minneapolis police, including one who kneeled on Floyd's neck. National outrage was sparked by video footage of an officer pinning the African American man on the ground even as Floyd said that he could not breathe.

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