An independent autopsy into the death of George Floyd found that the unarmed black man died from "asphyxiation from sustained pressure," according to a press release from attorney Ben Crump.

This came after the Hennepin County Medical Examiner found "no physical findings" to "support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation," according to the criminal complaint released by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office in the arrest of former Officer Derek Chauvin.

Preliminary autopsy results cited in the complaint said combined effects of being restrained, potential intoxicants in Floyd's system and his underlying health issues, including heart disease, probably contributed to his death. Toxicology results can take weeks.

Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in total and two minutes and 53 seconds after Floyd was unresponsive, the complaint says.

CNN's Stephanie Gallman and Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.

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God bless each and every one of them.


I suspect he died of a blood choke instead of the typical airway strangulation when people think of when they first hear of things like this. It would make sense for someone whose cardiac system is compromised, and I have heard that he had heart disease. It would also explain his (limited) ability to speak during the process. Supposedly brain damage begins 4-6 minutes into a blood choke; the cop continued for over eight minutes. It is not a safe process, which is why multiple police departments are explaining that they don't do it. In a couple of studies, 50% of participants had a period of flatline during the process. I'm reserving judgment on the "substances" mentioned in the preliminary toxicology reports; the real truth won't be known for weeks, and he was, as noted, a heart disease patient. I've got some idea of the kind of medications they take.

Brian C. Duffy

Oh, little one, the 2nd autopsy showed no heart disease there, Dr. Quincy. You could have saved yourself some extra typing had you known that.

Brian Duffy ~~ Tariffville, CT


I suspect he was murdered.

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