BRUTAL INJUSTICE: George Floyd WAS murdered by Minn. cop Derek Chauvin after knee on his neck ’caused asphyxia that led to lack of blood flow to brain’, says independent autopsy ordered by family

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George Floyd was brutally murdered.

The findings of the world renowned Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson differ greatly from the autopsy results conducted  by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office last week. Baden was hired by the Floyd family to conduct the independent autopsy after the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled last week that Floyd hadn’t died from “strangulation or asphyxia.” Baden and Wilson say the sustained pressure applied by Derek Chauvin on George Floyd’s neck impeded blood flow to his brain, while weight applied by two other officers, who had placed their knees into his back, also limited his ability to breathe.

Baden criticized those findings Monday, pointing out that the emphasis the pressure on his neck may have had on his death wouldn’t show up in an autopsy because the pressure is released by the time body arrived at the examiner’s office.

Baden also refuted the idea that Floyd had coronary artery disease. In a comment in reference to his age group’s susceptibility to coronavirus, the 85-year-old said, ‘I wish I had the same coronary arteries that Mr. Floyd had.’

This horrific tragedy should have been averted. Officer Chauvin should not have been on the force.

The Floyd case has put the national spotlight back on Klobuchar’s days as a prosecutor, particularly as it became clear Derek Chauvin, the officer involved in Floyd’s death, was involved in the death of another citizen while Klobuchar was prosecutor. Chauvin was one of six officers who fired on and killed Wayne Reyes in 2006 after Reyes reportedly aimed a shotgun at police after stabbing his friend and girlfriend. While the death happened during Klobuchar’s tenure at the helm of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, the case did not go to a grand jury until after she left the office and became a senator.

Klobuchar did not criminally charge other police involved in the more than two dozen officer-involved fatalities that occurred during her time as prosecutor. She left those decisions to a grand jury, a practice that was common at the time. (more here)

Had Klobuchar pressed charges, Floyd would be alive today. Chauvin was a bad cop, violent and abusive with a long dossier of misconduct complaints and three killings already on his record. Cops such as Chauvin escape punishment. This is key question and calls for systemic reform.

Virtually every official in Minnesota with influence over the Minneapolis police and the decision to keep Derek Chauvin on the force despite his alarming record is a Democrat: the governor, the attorney general, the Minneapolis congresswoman and the mayor. The city council consists of 12 Democrats and a Green Party member. The Democrat Party is the “system” that protected the bad cop and led to George Floyd’s death. (more here)

Sadly, this is not the conversation we having. Instead, the violent riots and looting grabbed all the media headlines and the great cause of justice for Mr. Floyd has been drowned out by the cacophony of madness. Worse still, Floyd’s murder is being exploited to gin up hatred, division, insurrection.

George Floyd WAS murdered by Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin after knee on his neck ’caused asphyxia that led to lack of blood flow to brain’, says independent autopsy ordered by family

  • George Floyd died of a homicide caused by asphyxia due to compression on his neck and back leading to a lack of blood flow to his brain, experts say
  • Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson were hired by the Floyd family’s legal team to conduct the independent autopsy last week
  • The pathologists say the sustained pressure applied by Officer Derek Chauvin on George Floyd’s neck impeded blood flow to his brain
  • The weight applied by another officer, who had placed both of his knees into his back, also impeded his ability to breathe
  • Their independent evaluation also found that Floyd had ‘no underlying medical problems that caused or contributed to his death’
  • The findings of Baden and Wilson greatly differ from the ruling of an autopsy conducted by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office last week
  • Crump says Officer Chauvin should be charged with first-degree murder and called for the arrests of the other three officers involved

By Luke Kenton For Dailymail.com, 1 June 2020 |

George Floyd died of ‘asphyxiation from sustained pressure’ being applied to his neck and back by Officer Derek Chauvin and two other officers, an independent autopsy ordered by his family has found.

Attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel Antonio Romanucci, who are representing the family of George Floyd, announced the findings on Monday afternoon.

Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson were hired by the Floyd family to conduct the independent autopsy after the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled last week that Floyd hadn’t died from ‘strangulation or asphyxia’.

In contrast, Baden and Wilson say the sustained pressure applied by Derek Chauvin on George Floyd’s neck impeded blood flow to his brain, while weight applied by two other officers, who had placed their knees into his back, also limited his ability to breathe.

The pathologists cited Floyd’s cause of death as mechanical asphyxia, with the manner of his death ruled a homicide.

Crump and Romanucci called for Chauvin to be charged with first-degree murder, and also said the other three officers involved in the incident – J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao – should be arrested as well, though didn’t specify on what charges.

‘They knew that they were applying restraints that could or would cause death,’ Romanucci said. ‘They are criminally liable because they knew what they were doing could lead to death.’

‘Not only was the knee on George’s neck a cause of his death, but so was the weight of the other two police officers on his back, who not only prevented blood flow into his brain but also air flow into his lungs,’ he continued.

Attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel Antonio Romanucci, who are representing the family of George Floyd, announced the findings on Monday afternoon.

Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson were hired by the Floyd family to conduct the independent autopsy after the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled last week that Floyd hadn’t died from ‘strangulation or asphyxia’.

In contrast, Baden and Wilson say the sustained pressure applied by Derek Chauvin on George Floyd’s neck impeded blood flow to his brain, while weight applied by two other officers, who had placed their knees into his back, also limited his ability to breathe.

The pathologists cited Floyd’s cause of death as mechanical asphyxia, with the manner of his death ruled a homicide.

Crump and Romanucci called for Chauvin to be charged with first-degree murder, and also said the other three officers involved in the incident – J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao – should be arrested as well, though didn’t specify on what charges.

‘They knew that they were applying restraints that could or would cause death,’ Romanucci said. ‘They are criminally liable because they knew what they were doing could lead to death.’

‘Not only was the knee on George’s neck a cause of his death, but so was the weight of the other two police officers on his back, who not only prevented blood flow into his brain but also air flow into his lungs,’ he continued.

Derek Chauvin, a 44-year-old white cop who has since been arrested, was seen in footage kneeling on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes as the victim repeatedly said he could not breathe (incident pictured)

The findings of Baden and Wilson greatly differ from the ruling of an autopsy conducted by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office on Floyd last week.

Their independent evaluation also found that Floyd had ‘no underlying medical problems that caused or contributed to his death,’ contrary to the rulings of the medical examiner.

‘This is confirmed by information from myself, from Dr. Wilson, and from the family,’ Baden said. ‘[Mr. Floyd] was in good health.’

The county’s autopsy found ‘no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.’ The report also said Floyd had underlying health conditions, including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease

In conclusion, the examiner suggested Floyd likely died from a combination of his underlying health conditions and potential intoxicants in his system that were exacerbated by the restraint placed on him by police officers.

Baden criticized those findings Monday, pointing out that the emphasis the pressure on his neck may have had on his death wouldn’t show up in an autopsy because the pressure is released by the time body arrived at the examiner’s office.

‘The compressive pressure on the neck are not seen at autopsy because the pressure is released by the time the body has come to the medical office,’ Baden said. ‘It can only be seen when the pressure is being applied – or in this instance in the video.’

He continued: ‘Pressure on the neck can interfere with blood flow and oxygen going to the brain, and pressure to the back interferes with breathing.’

Baden also refuted the idea that Floyd had coronary artery disease. In a comment in reference to his age group’s susceptibility to coronavirus, the 85-year-old said, ‘I wish I had the same coronary arteries that Mr. Floyd had.’

Floyd’s family had disputed the county medical examiner’s findings last week, calling notions he had any underlying health conditions ‘an illusion’.

‘The family and I reject this notion from the Minneapolis Medical Examiner that the knee from the police officer on George’s neck for almost nine minutes was not the proximate cause of his death,’ the Floyd family’s lawyer, Ben Crump said in a statement over the weekend.

‘The family does not trust anything coming from the Minneapolis Police Department. How can they?’ attorney Ben Crump said. ‘We already saw the truth.’

Crump and S. Lee Merritt revealed in a press conference Friday that they had called on renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden to conduct an independent autopsy instead of the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office.

Dr. Baden previously conducted a separate autopsy on Eric Garner, whose death in 2014 while being placed in an unauthorized chokehold by NYPD Officer Daniel Panteleo was also captured on video. Panteleo wasn’t criminally charged but was fired from the police force in 2019.

Dr. Baden also previously conducted an autopsy on convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein that suggested he may have been murdered, in addition to testifying at the OJ Simpson murder trial.

On Sunday night, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said all four of the officer’s involved in Floyd’s arrest are ‘complicit’ in his death.

In the days since, protests erupted in Minneapolis before spreading to the White House, New York City and to numerous other states across the weekend.

Crump and Floyd’s family have said people should continue protesting, but urged them to refrain from using violence or looting as George Floyd was ‘a man of peace’.

George Floyd’s younger brother, Terrence Floyd, appeared on Good Morning America on Monday, calling for the ‘destructive unity to end’.

Terrence said his brother ‘was about peace’ and believes the violence happening during demonstrations is ‘overshadowing’ Floyd’s memory.

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