George Floyd death from low oxygen discussed


MINNEAPOLIS — A former Hennepin County medical examiner testifying in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin said George Floyd died from asphyxia, or low oxygen, due to officers’ restraint – going a step further than the autopsy that ruled Floyd’s death a homicide last year.

“This is a death where both heart and lungs stop working. The point is it’s due to law enforcement subdual, restraint and compression,” Dr. Lindsey Thomas, who was testifying for the prosecution, said Friday.

Thomas trained Hennepin County’s current chief medical examiner, Dr. Andrew Baker, who ruled Floyd’s death a homicide. In his autopsy report, Baker said Floyd’s heart and lungs stopped amid “law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression,” but he did not use the word “asphyxia.”

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