The Hennepin County Medical Examiner report that claimed “no physical findings” to “support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation,” has now been rubbished by the just concluded and released independent autopsy report that found exactly the opposite.
The independent autopsy says compression to Floyd’s neck and back led to a lack of blood flow to his brain.
Dr Michael Baden, one of the independent medical examiners went on to state “There is no other health issue that could cause or contribute to the death,” hence George Floyd died as a direct consequence of police action essentially suffocating him to death in broad day light.
Preliminary report by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner claimed combined effects of being restrained, any potential intoxicants in Floyd’s system and his underlying health issues, including heart disease, probably contributed to his death.
questioned should now be asked of the initial examiner who practically ruled out strangulation or asphyxia as cause of death, in what seems to be an attempt to dampen the culpability of the four police officers, particularly Derek Chauvin who was videoed pressing his knee into George Floyd’s neck for over 8 minutes.
The unanswered question is whether Derek Chauvin charges should now be changed from 3rd degree to first degree murder. The answer seems obvious following this independent report.