The expert’s statements have been the highlight of the tenth day of the trial against Chauvin.
The forensic doctor who performed the autopsy on George Floyd, Andrew Baker, confirmed again this Friday that he classifies the African-American’s death “as a homicide.”
The expert’s statements have been the highlight of the tenth day of the trial against Chauvin for Floyd’s death, which is being held at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, where the events took place.
The main argument of the defense is that the death was caused by fentanyl and methamphetamine that was found in Floyd’s body, as well as his heart disease, but the expert has indicated this Friday that, although these were contributing factors at his death, they cannot be considered the direct cause, according to CNN.
Along with Baker, the forensic pathologist, Lindsey Thomas, also testified this Friday, who has agreed with the forensic doctor and has declared that “the main cause of death was asphyxia or lack of oxygen.”
Also, this witness has considered saying that “there is no other evidence that suggests that he could have died that night, except for the interactions with the police officers,” which has indicated that they were “the restraint and compression of the neck.”
This Friday was the end of a week of testimony from medical and police experts who testified that Chauvin used excessive force against Floyd.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black citizen, died on May 25, 2020, after complaining that he could not breathe due to having Chauvin’s knee on his neck, a sequence that was recorded on video. The police response originated because Floyd made a payment with a counterfeit $ 20 bill.
Chauvin was immediately removed from the police force and released on bail after being charged with murder and abuse. Three other agents face charges of involvement in the alleged crime.
All of them will be tried in August.
The event sparked a wave of protests against police violence and racism across the United States in 2020.
The pulmonologist and intensive care expert Martin Tobin said Thursday that George Floyd died of “low oxygen level” when former police officer Derek Chauvin immobilized him and restricted his ability to breathe and assured him that the drug use by the deceased was not relevant in death.
The expert’s statements centered on the ninth day of the trial against Chauvin for the African-American Floyd’s death, which is being held at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, where the events took place.
Tobin thus supported the statements of the Prosecutor’s Office, which maintains that the victim died when the former agent detained him, and rejected the defense’s argument, which tries to link the death with fentanyl and methamphetamine that was found in Floyd’s body, reported The New York Times.
“A healthy person subjected to what Floyd was subjected to would have died,” said the doctor, who discussed in detail and with images the arrest of the deceased, even going so far as to identify the moment when “life leaves his body.”
Thus, he pointed to four main reasons why Floyd died, Chauvin’s left knee on his neck, his prone position, the former agent’s right knee on his back, arm and his side, and the pressure of the handcuffs.
The combination of all this limited Floyd’s ability to breathe, who, according to the doctor, died from the pressure exerted by Chauvin.