Protests and demonstrations were held across the country as thousands of people reacted to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25.
After an official autopsy from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner suggested that Floyd’s death was the result of being restrained in combination with underlying health issues, his family’s attorney has released the results of a private autopsy, according to USA Today.
Benjamin Crump, the family’s attorney, announced that the independent autopsy “determined that asphyxiation from sustained pressure was the cause” of Floyd’s death after Derek Chauvin, a since-fired Minneapolis police officer, applied pressure to Floyd’s neck as he laid on the ground for more than eight minutes. Floyd was unconscious for nearly three of those minutes.
“For George Floyd, the ambulance was his hearse,” Crump said. “Beyond question, he would be alive today if not for the pressure applied to his neck by fired officer Derek Chauvin and the strain on his body from two additional officers kneeling on him. Mr. Floyd’s death was a homicide by officers who taunted him while holding him down for more than eight minutes. And the officer who stood by doing nothing was a physical blue shield – a living symbol of the code of silence.”