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When the lawyers get involved in controversial shootings, you can be sure there will always be competing autopsies determining the cause of death.

That was the case in the death of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown and now with George Floyd. The only difference being that in Floyd’s death, no one’s defending the actions of fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

The hard truth is, there’s no dispute that Chauvin and three other officers fired over the incident played a role in Floyd’s passing, so the technicality of his death matters only in the court of law — the court of public opinion is pretty much settled, although you wouldn’t know it based on radical left elements creating mayhem on American streets.

The initial autopsy by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner suggested that Floyd’s existing health conditions, which included coronary artery disease and hypertension, combined with being restrained by police and “potential intoxicants in his system” all contributed to his death.

Asphyxiation — as in a knee on his neck — was not listed as a cause.

“No physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation,” the official autopsy said. “Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary heart disease. The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.”

TMZ reported Tuesday that the Hennepin County Medical Examiner toxicology report found that Floyd had fentanyl in his system at the time of his death, and that he died from a heart attack.

The medical examiner reportedly found signs of recent methamphetamine use also.

More from TMZ:

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” — it says George experienced “a cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by law enforcement.”

In other words … he suffered a heart attack while they were arresting him, and that complicated their efforts to subdue him.


The Floyd family commissioned Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson to perform an independent autopsy.

That autopsy said Floyd died of “asphyxiation from sustained pressure” when his neck and back were compressed by the officers during his arrest last week, cutting off blood flow to his brain.


Baden and Wilson said there was “neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain,” and that “weight on the back, handcuffs and positioning were contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Mr. Floyd’s diaphragm to function.”

Baden, featured in numerous high-profile cases, performed an independent autopsy on Brown that disputed the official autopsy suggesting a physical struggle took place between the teen and the officer involved — an autopsy that supported what was later proven to be false, that Brown may have had his hands in the air when shot.

“Whether or not he was intoxicated or had medications in his system is irrelevant to the cause of death, which is homicide, which is death by the hand of another,” Floyd family attorney Antonio Romanucci told CNN. “The end result, which is George Floyd’s death, would not be any different.”

Tom Tillison


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