A full autopsy of George Floyd-a 46-year-old black man who was killed by Minneapolis police during an arrest-was released yesterday (Wednesday) and provides several clinical details, including that Floyd had previously tested positive for COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory-related disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The 20-page report released by Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Officestates that Floyd “became unresponsive while being restrained by law enforcement officers; he received emergency medical care in the field and subsequently in the Hennepin HealthCare (HHC) Emergency Department, but could not be resuscitated.”
The most notable detail in the report is that the deceased tested positive for COVID-19 on April 3 but did not show any symptoms. However, Floyd’s status did not contribute to his demise.
The county’s earlier summary report had listed fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use under “other significant conditions” but not under the cause of death. But, Floyd family attorney, Ben Crump, decried the official autopsy for ruling out asphyxia- a condition arising when the body is deprived of oxygen.
An independent autopsy which was released by the family determined that Floyd “sustained pressure on the right side of Floyd’s carotid artery impeded blood flow to the brain, and weight on his back impeded his ability to breathe.”
Floyd, 46, was killed last week by a Minneapolis police officer after he pressed his knee hard on Floyd’s neck while he was lying on the ground in handcuffs.
Video footage showing former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck, ignoring Floyd’s “I can’t breathe” cries until he eventually stopped moving, has sparked protests and riots throughout the globe, with demonstrators calling for an end to police brutality against black communities.
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