The trial of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer who is charged in George Floyd’s death, has resumed.
Chauvin, who was seen in a video kneeling on the neck of the unarmed Black man for more than nine minutes, is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
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Floyd died of a lack of oxygen from the way he was held down by police, The Associated Press reports a retired forensic pathologist testified Friday.
“The testimony of Lindsey Thomas, who retired in 2017 from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office in Minneapolis, bolstered the accounts of other experts on Thursday who rejected the defense theory that Floyd’s drug use and underlying health problems killed him,” The AP’s Steve Karnowski and Amy Forliti, and Tammy Webber write. “Thomas did not work on Floyd’s case but agreed with the findings of her former colleague Hennepin County Medical Examiner Andrew Baker that Floyd died from cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by the way law enforcement restrained him and compressed his neck.”
Thomas went on to say that “the primary mechanism of death is asphyxia, or low oxygen.”
She added, “This is a death where both the heart and lungs stopped working. The point is, it’s due to law enforcement subdual, restraint and compression.
“The activities of the law enforcement officers resulted in Mr. Floyd’s death.”
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