George Floyd died on Monday, handcuffed and gasping for breath, pinned under the knees of three white Minneapolis police officers.
The Floyd family is being represented by attorney Ben Crump, who announced on Facebook Live on Monday that an independent autopsy found that Floyd’s cause of death was “asphyxia due to neck and back compression.”
The weight of arresting officer Derek Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck as well as the two other officers who pressing on his back stopped not only “blood flow into his brain but also airflow into his lungs,” said Antonio Romanucci, another attorney working with the family.
These findings contradict a criminal complaint by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office that said there were “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.”
Floyd had underlying health conditions, including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease, the report said. And his death was caused by the “combined effect of Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions, and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death,” it added.