A fresh autopsy report has attributed the death of George Floyd to heart attack described as a “cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by law enforcement officer(s).”
The report from Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office also listed “arteriosclerotic, hypertensive heart disease and intoxication of fentanyl and recent methamphetamine use as “other significant conditions” responsible for his death.
Naija News recalls 46-year-old Floyd was killed during an arrest by police officers who kneeled on his kneck to restrain him while trying to arrest him.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African-American man, died in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America.
According to what was seen in viral video clips after his death, Floyd was crying lamenting “I can’t breathe” as the officer kneeled on his kneck.
His death has sparked widespread protests, looting and clashes in many cities in American cities as people are demanding justice for the killed man and security officers are trying to maintain law and order.
The protesters are also demanding an end to racism and police brutality.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner released its toxicology findings and say George died from cardiopulmonary arrest … which complicated law enforcement’s subdual, restraint and neck compression of him. That is critical, but the report also says this under “how the injury occurred” — it says George experienced “a cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by law enforcement.”
In other words … he suffered a heart attack while they were arresting him, and that complicated their efforts to subdue him.
The report says George had fentanyl in his system, and they also found signs of recent methamphetamine use. It also says his manner of death is homicide.
Meanwhile, the Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin who knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter but protesters are demanding the charges be amended for more serious charges.