An independent autopsy of George Floyd appears to contradict information from the criminal complaint, according to the Washington Post. The county autopsy “revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.” It said that “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.”
The family’s attorney, Ben Crump, announced the autopsy results during an afternoon news conference, according to Fox News. Mr. Crump said that the autopsy found the compression cut off blood to Floyd’s brain, and weight on his back made it hard to breathe.
UPDATE: Gossip site TMZ reports “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’ say George experienced ‘a cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by law enforcement.'”
UPDATE: The Washington Post reports that “The Hennepin County Medical Examiner on Monday said George Floyd’s death was a homicide. Floyd died of ‘cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression,’ according to the report. The report notes that Floyd was also suffering from heart disease, fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use, though it does not list those factors in the cause of death.”