MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of George Floyd says an independent autopsy has found that he died of asphyxiation from sustained pressure on his back and neck.
Floyd, a black man who was in handcuffs at the time, died a week ago after a white Minneapolis officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes.
Officer Derek Chauvin, Minneapolis police officer videotaped during the arrest of George Floyd. Photo Date: 5/25/2020
The officer ignored bystander shouts to get off him and Floyd’s cries that he couldn’t breathe.
The family’s autopsy differs from the official autopsy as described in a criminal complaint against the officer. That autopsy said the effects of restraint contributed to Floyd's death, but it ruled out asphyxiation or strangulation.