Post-mortem results released on Monday on George Floyd’s death showed that he died of some heart complications and recent drug use.
According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office, the deceased Floyd suffered the cardiac arrest while being restrained by the ex-police officer on May 25. The findings of the process were released shortly after those of a private examination that was carried out by medical examiners hired by Floyd’s family.
The private examination found out that Floyd died from asphyxia caused by lack of oxygen due to the compression that was done on his neck and back. The findings from the family’s legal team added that the death was a homicide.
“The cause of Floyd’s death, in my opinion, is asphyxia, due to compression to the neck which can interfere with oxygen going to the brain and compression to the back, which interferes with breathing,” a former New York City medical examiner Dr Michael Baden, said at a news conference on Monday.
However, Floyd’s lawyer Benjamin Crump said that George Floyd could be alive today if it were not the ex-officer’ brutality, adding that “the ambulance was his hearse”.