Contrary to a preliminary report, a private autopsy report showed George Floyd died not only because of a white ex-police officer ‘s knee stuck at his neck but also because of the other officers who tried to hold him down.
An initial autopsy conducted by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner had said Mr Floyd died of coronary artery disease, hypertensive heart disease and possible intoxicants lodged in his system.
“The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death,” the earlier autopsy read.
This differs substantially from the findings of a private autopsy commissioned by Mr Floyd ‘s family and conducted by the University of Michigan’s Allecia Wilson and the former New York City medical examiner Michael Baden.
The autopsy revealed Mr Floyd died from asphyxiation due to prolonged compression of the neck and back that contributed to a lack of blood supply to his brain, Washington Post wrote.
“The autopsy shows that Mr Floyd had no underlying medical problem that caused or contributed to his death. This is confirmed by information provided to Dr. Wilson and myself by the family.” Mr Baden said.
At a news conference on Monday Mr Wilson described the manner of death as homicide.
Also, the lead lawyer for the family, Benjamin Crump, said emergency medical records had shown that Mr Floyd was dead at the scene.
“For George Floyd, the ambulance was his hearse,” Mr Crump said in a statement.
The knee to his back compressed his lungs and prevented them from getting air in and out, he said.
He has also called for the arrest of all other officers who have played a part in the death of Mr Floyd. One of the officers, Derek Chauvin, was indicted and his court hearing was adjourned until June 6. eThe other three were sacked.
But Mr Crump requested to put a first-degree murder charge against Mr Chauvin for pinning Mr Floyd’s neck to the ground for almost nine minutes as seen in a social media posted viral video.
Mr Floyd, 46, had been cuffed in that video, his neck was pinned to the ground by three policemen, his nose bleeding as he was gasping for breath. The fourth officer stood by wade of bystanders nearby.
Minutes later, Mr Floyd lay motionless, his eyes shut as he foamed out of the mouth before an ambulance came in. Soon afterwards he was pronounced dead in a hospital, CNN reported.
Since then, Angst has spiked across the US, as many protesters and critics see the third-degree murder and second-degree homicide charges against former officer Derek Chauvin as soft.
For that cause, crowds have overwhelmed many cities across the U.S. that have defied curfews to march in protest against police violence and racism.
Vandalism, looting, and chaos have also been seen in the cities as a church near the White was torched before the fire was eventually put out on Sunday.
CNN ‘s local report estimated more than 4,000 arrests, as well as dozens of injuries perpetrated by protesters, police officers and journalists, and some five deaths.
In some states, the face-off between the demonstrators and the police has turned brutal while the police have reached a truce elsewhere like Michigan, joining the agitators’ procession to calm the nerves.
More than 17,000 members of the National Guard were mobilized to assist the police in quelling the civil unrest nationwide. According to CNN, this is approximately the same number of active duty forces stationed in Iraq , Syria and Afghanistan.
Police violence and racism demonstrations have spread over to other nations. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered Sunday afternoon at Trafalgar Square in central London, marching toward the U.S. Embassy. There were also protests in Germany, New Zealand and Denmark.
The Twitter microblogging site has updated its bird logo to black, with the caption “black lives matter”.
Racism does not adhere to social distancing.
Amid the already growing fear and uncertainty around the pandemic, this week has again brought attention to something perhaps more pervasive: the long-standing racism and injustices faced by Black and Brown people on a daily basis.
President Donald Trump, who some have criticized for not addressing the country and holing up in the White House, said through spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany that statements “don’t stop anarchy.”
“What I would note is continual statements as he’s made day and day again — they don’t stop anarchy,” CNN quoted Ms McEnany saying. “What stops anarchy is action. And that’s what the President is working on right now for the anarchists.”
The cause of Mr Floyd’s death remains pending as it is being investigated by local, state and federal law enforcement, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement.