Floyd Family Autopsy: He Died of Asphyxiation

Christy Strawser
June 01, 2020 - 2:29 pm

    The Floyd family entered into evidence Monday afternoon their own independent autopsy results that attorneys Benjamin Crump and Antonio Romanucci says George died for one reason.

    "He needed a breath of air," a representative said during a press conference. Their findings found he died of asphyxiation from pressure applied to his neck and back.

    "We still would implore people... standing with the family of George Floyd to follow the example of George Floyd," attorneys urged, said that during uprisings in Ferguson, Mo., he called for peaceful protests. "Had George been alive today and it was some other person, an unarmed, unthreatening person of color who had been unnecessarily and unjustifiably killed by the police, that George would be right now praying for peace."

    Toxicology results can take weeks, so it's unknown what is used as evidence of intoxication in the official autopsy. In the 911 call, the caller describes Floyd as “awfully drunk and he’s not in control of himself.” 

    "No physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation," says the official autopsy. "Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary heart disease. The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death."

    The Floyd family autopsy was conducted by Fox News contributor and forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, who has conducted independent reviews in similar cases, including that of Eric Garner, a black man who was placed in a chokehold by New York police.

    Floyd was a father of six who was arrested for allegedly passing a counterfeit bill. Chauvin, the officer with his knee on his neck, was fired and charged with manslaugher and third-degree murder; Three other officers at the scene were fired, but have not yet been charged.

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