Henepin County Medical Examiner told a U.S. jury on Friday that the physical force used at the time of his arrest in Minneapolis was greater than the straight heart endurance George Floyd had died.
Floyd’s official autopsy investigator, Dr. Andrew Baker, is a key witness in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. His testimony has fed both legal parties, continuing to quarrel over the proper treatment situation for Floyd’s death.
Chauvin Charged The 46-year-old repeatedly said he could not breathe, including a second- and third-degree murder, and a homicide for kneeling on Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes. A bystander filmed the incident and posted it online, sparking worldwide protests demanding racial justice. Chauvin pleaded not guilty.
Before Baker testified, prosecutors called the three Medical specialist Lack of Allianz – Floyd died of asphyxia in a stand. Speaking at the opening of the defense, he said that Fenad died of cardiac arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat in combination with his fentanyl and methamphetamine intake.
Buck’s death certificate, which he fulfilled, described Floyd’s death as “subdued, restrained, and neck compression of law enforcement with cardiopulmonary arrest complications.”
“He had very serious underlying heart disease,” Bucker said. “It has a heart that needs more oxygen because of its size and it can’t increase the demand and supply more oxygen.”
The kind of split that occurred between Floyd and Chauvin, Bucker said, releases adrenaline and other stress hormones into the body, forcing the heart to beat faster to deliver more oxygen.
“In my opinion, the phenomenon of law enforcement subdivision, restraint and neck compression was more than something Mr. Floyd had to accept because of a heart condition,” he said.
Bucker said he didn’t intentionally watch the video before the test began because he didn’t want it to affect his effects.
Bucker also testified that he could have, but he did not rule that Floyd’s death was “natural” or “accidental.” Instead, he sentenced it to a murder. For the medical examiner it does not convict the perpetrator, but it does mean “death at the hands of another”.
He further noted that while fentanyl and methamphetamine contributed to Floyd’s death, they were not directly responsible for it.
Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, asked Baker during the cross-examination if he had told the chief prosecutor in Henenipin County, where Minneapolis is located, after an autopsy that “in various circumstances you have determined it to be a fentanyl overdose.”
“I can’t remember exactly what I told the county attorney, but it almost certainly happened: if Mr Floyd had lived alone in his locked home without any evidence of trauma and the only finding of the autopsy was that fentanyl level, yes, I would have fentanyl poisoning. To be established, ”replied Baker.
But depending on the interpretation of the results of toxicology, he said, “It was the pressure of that interaction. [with law enforcement] It has sidelined him because of his underlying heart disease and his toxic condition. “
Earlier in the day, the prosecution summoned Dr Lindsay Thomas to the stand and testified that Floyd had died of asphyxiation after police used force to restrain him. Thomas, a former Hennepin County medical examiner who helped train Baker, said there was “no evidence that he would have died that night without interaction with law enforcement.”