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George Floyd died from ‘asphyxiation from sustained pressure’, according to independent autopsy

Results differ from Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s findings

People protest in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, May 31, 2020 after the violent death of the African-American George Floyd by a white policeman in the USA against racism and police violence, among other things with a sign "I can't breathe". (Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa via AP)
People protest in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, May 31, 2020 after the violent death of the African-American George Floyd by a white policeman in the USA against racism and police violence, among other things with a sign "I can't breathe". (Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa via AP) ((c) Copyright 2020, dpa (www.dpa.de). Alle Rechte vorbehalten)

An independent autopsy into the death of George Floyd found that the unarmed black man died from "asphyxiation from sustained pressure," according to a press release from attorney Ben Crump.

This came after the Hennepin County Medical Examiner found "no physical findings" to "support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation," according to the criminal complaint released by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office in the arrest of former Officer Derek Chauvin.

Preliminary autopsy results cited in the complaint said combined effects of being restrained, potential intoxicants in Floyd's system and his underlying health issues, including heart disease, probably contributed to his death. Toxicology results can take weeks.

Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in total and two minutes and 53 seconds after Floyd was unresponsive, the complaint says.