What was George Floyd's cause of death and why were there two autopsy results?

GEORGE Floyd's death prompted protests around the globe and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Floyd, 46, died on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when former police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled down on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

What was George Floyd's cause of death?

An independent autopsy by Michael Baden and Allecia Wilson revealed that the cause of death was "homicide".

A statement from the Floyd's family attorney read: "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.

"The independent examiners found that weight on the back, handcuffs, and positioning were contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Mr Floyd's diaphragm to function."

"From all the evidence, the doctors said it now appears Mr Floyd died at the scene."

Baden added that there were no underlying health problems, despite the official autopsy claiming a heart problem likely contributed to his death.

The former New York City chief medical examiner said: "He was in good health. The cause of death is asphyxia compression of the neck and back.

Baden and Wilson's findings are "consistent with what people saw. There is no other health issue that could cause or contribute to his death."

He added: "Police have this false impression that if you can talk, you can breathe. That's not true."

Why were there two autopsy results?

However, this was the second autopsy performed on the body of the 46-year-old.

The initial autopsy report was produced by the authorities, revealing that Mr Floyd had died at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

The criminal complaint said the autopsy "revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation".

Preliminary results of the county’s autopsy suggested he died from a combination of heart disease and "potential intoxicants in his system" that were exacerbated by the restraint placed on him by police officers.

Floyd's family slammed the report, saying that the underlying health conditions cited in the official report are "an illusion".

In May 2020, they hired the services of renowned forensic pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden, to conduct a second autopsy.

When does Derek Chauvin's trial start?

The trial of former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin, who was involved in Floyd's death, is set to begin on Monday March 29, 2021.

The court session is set to begin at 9 a.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) and the opening statements are expected to start at 9:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. ET).

The jury selection began on Monday, March 8, 2021, for the highly-anticipated murder trial of Floyd.

The trial will be streamed by CourtTV. The network will provide live coverage of the trial with commentary.

The trial is expected to run Monday through Friday for two to four weeks.

Chauvin was fired from the police force after the Floyd incident, and was subsequently arrested.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to second and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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