- On Monday, George Floyd’s family attorney, Ben Crump, released the results of an independent autopsy that concluded Derek Chauvin is responsible for Floyd’s death
- Crump and the family are calling for the immediate arrest of the other three officers and for Chauvin’s charges to be bumped up to first-degree murder
- Chauvin is currently charged with third-degree murder and homicide while the other three officers have not been charged
- The criminal complaint against Chauvin claims there is no physical evidence that Floyd died from asphyxia or strangulation
- Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson determined Floyd’s death was “homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.”
A new independent autopsy of George Floyd autopsy is challenging a claim made in the criminal complaint against Derek Chauvin. The complaint appears to have made a now-failed attempt to shift the blame from Chauvin over Floyd’s murder.
The criminal complaint claims the Hennepin County Medical Examiner conducted Floyd’s autopsy on May 26, 2020, and found “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.” Instead, the criminal complaint places the blame on a combination of issues. “Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease,” the complaint reads.
The complaint goes on to claim, “The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.” Chauvin was arrested and charged with 3rd-degree murder and manslaughter. As of now, the other three officers—two of which were restraining Floyd’s legs and torso—have not been charged with any crime.
The world is now learning the claims in the criminal complaint were a lie. Floyd’s family’s attorney, Ben Crump, released a statement on Monday and called for the arrest of all the officers involved in Floyd’s murder. Crump also called for a first-degree murder charge to be brought against Chauvin. The statement followed by an independent autopsy performed by medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson on Sunday that found Floyd’s death was “homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.”
Sustained pressure on the right side of mr. floyd’s carotid artery impeded blood flow to the brain, and weight on his back impeded his ability to breathe.Statement From Ben Crump
Baden and Wilson found that weight on the back, handcuffs, and positioning acted as “contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Mr. Floyd’s diaphragm to function.” From all the evidence currently presented, it is believed Floyd died at the scene of the crime.
What we found is consistent with what people saw. there is no other health issue that could cause or contribute to the death. police have this false impression that if you can talk, you can breathe. that is not true.Dr. Michael Baden
“For George Floyd, the ambulance was his hearse. 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,” Crump said. Crump continued, “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.”
Co-counsel Antonio Romanucci of Romanucci & Clandin LLC added that the “culture of the Minneapolis Police Department” was legally responsible for Floyd’s death. “The City of Minneapolis clearly had a pattern, custom and practice of failing to train and discipline its police officers, creating a culture of impunity allowing them to treat people of color as lesser human beings, unworthy of basic respect,” Romanucci said.
Crump now says the fact that Chauvin’s use of his knee to apply pressure for over eight minutes while Floyd told him he could not breathe—and that witnesses and a paramedic expressed concern over Floyd’s inability to breathe—constitutes premeditation and warrants a first-degree murder charge. “For Chauvin to leave his knee on George’s neck despite warnings and evidence that his life was in danger — and to continue that course for many minutes — demands a first degree murder charge,” Crump said.
what we know is this: george floyd was alive before his encounter with derek chauvin and his fellow officers, and he was dead shortly after that. the tragic cause of death is incredibly cleat, and we are fiercely committed to justice for his family.Ben Crump
Crump asked for protesters to continue to raise their voices, “but refrain from the violence and looting.” Floyd’s family is in full support of the protests that have been going on for days around the country, and while they understand the anger, they have requested people to refrain from looting and violence.
They were unacceptable to George and they should be unacceptable to us. The way to honor George is to achieve justice. As a country, we need to take a deep breath. George Floyd wasn’t allowed that, but we must. we have a team of top legal minds who are not going to stop untiil there’s justice for george floyd and his family.Ben Crump