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Medical examiner rules George Floyd’s death a homicide; see final report

HEAR IT: : Crime Stories forensics expert analyzes the autopsy reports

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has determined that George Floyd, who died last week after a Minneapolis police officer knelt directly on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes, was a victim of homicide.

According to the Star-Tribune, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner released a final autopsy report for Floyd, listing the manner of death as a homicide. According to the report, which is included below, Floyd died of “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” The report states that Floyd, who was unarmed, had a fatal cardiopulmonary arrest event while he was being restrained by police.

Derek Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floyd’s knee, has been arrested and is facing charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

As NPR notes, prosecutors citing the preliminary autopsy report said last week there was no finding to indicate a “diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation,” which appears be in conflict with the inclusion of neck compression in the final report among the causes of death. The report also notes that Floyd had additional conditions of heart disease, recent methamphetamine use, and fentanyl intoxication.

Joseph Scott Morgan, a regular guest on “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace,” analyzed the autopsy findings in a special episode on Tuesday.


As CrimeOnline previously reported, an independent autopsy requested by Floyd’s family found that Floyd died of asphyxia due to sustained forceful pressure.

Read the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report here:

2020-3700 Floyd, George Per… by EKilloran on Scribd

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