Independent Medical Examiner Contradicts Early Findings; Officials Update Floyd’s Death As Homicide


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“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,” continued the statement. “The independent examiners found that weight on the back, handcuffs and positioning were contributing factors because they impaired the ability of Mr. Floyd’s diaphragm to function.”

On the same day as the independent medical examiners’ autopsy results were announced, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner released a full report declaring Floyd’s death a homicide caused by “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.”