Primary medical examiner, who made the verdict The death of George Floyd A murderer testified Friday that the way the police held him and compressed his neck was “just more than Mr. Floyd can bear,” with the condition of his heart.
Dr. Andrew Baker, Hennepin County medical examiner, took his stance at the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin’s murder on charges. hit his knees on or near Floyd’s neck because of what the prosecutors say is as much as nine and a half minutes like 46-year-old black man lying pinned on the sidewalk last year.
When asked about police findings that police “lowered, restrained, and strangled” that led to Floyd’s death, Baker said that Floyd had a potentially serious heart disease and an enlarged heart needed more oxygen. normal to function, as well as narrowing of the two heart arteries.
Baker says participating in a brawl increases adrenaline, causes the heart to beat faster and provides more oxygen.
“And in my opinion, gentle law enforcement, restraint, and neck pressure are just what Mr. Floyd can do with that, for those heart conditions,” said the medical examiner.
Chauvin, 45, was charged with the murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death on May 25. Floyd was arrested outside a nearby market after he was accused of trying to deliver a counterfeit $ 20 note.
The video outside of the scene of Floyd crying so breathless as onlookers shouted at the white policeman to let him out of the house sparked protests and violence scattered across America.
Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson has argued that the currently fired white officer did what he was trained to do and that the illegal drug use and potential health status of Floyd, but Not Chauvin’s knee, which killed him. Autopsy found fentanyl and methamphetamine in Floyd’s system.
“Floyd’s use of fentanyl, ” Baker told the jury,” did not cause capitulation or neck problems, his heart disease did not cause capitation or neck restraint, “Baker told the jury, referring to to how the police forced Floyd to bow down the street.
Dr. Lindsey Thomas, assistant medical examiner at the Hennepin County Medical Examiner Office until she retired in 2017, said the sheer volume of video about Floyd’s arrest helped support her discovery. Baker.
Thomas testified: “It has never been a case that I have been involved with video for such a long period of time and from many different perspectives,” Thomas testified and said that the videos clearly showed the physical signs involved With regard to opioid overdose did not appear in the death of Floyd.
Thomas said the videos made it clear this was not a sudden death from a heart attack. She said the videos also showed no signs of an overdose of fentanyl “where someone becomes very sleepy and then just slowly stops breathing, stays calm, peaceful.”
“What was completely unique in this case was the volume of documents I had to review,” says Thomas, referring to videos shot on the outsider’s cell phone and the police’s body camera.
The juries were also awarded envelopes with the photo of Floyd’s corpse. Thomas draws their attention to the scratches on the left side of Floyd’s face and shoulders – the wounds she calls “match what it looks like on video, that he’s trying to push I’m in a position where he can breathe. “
Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s chief lawyer, got Thomas to agree that lying on his stomach is not enough to kill someone in and of itself, noting that massage therapists sometimes leave clients on their faces.
“Can I lie on my stomach by the pool in Florida in my tummy position – which isn’t dangerous?” Nelson asked.
“Yes,” replied Thomas.
Nelson asked her about hypothetical scenarios, with Floyd found dead under various circumstances in which police were not involved.
Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell then asked Thomas, “Is George Floyd not lying on his stomach by the pool in Florida?”
Thomas agrees, saying, “There is no evidence that he will die that night except for interactions with law enforcement.”