Law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression

Oh hey gee whaddya know – it was a homicide.

The death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died in police custody, has been declared a homicide following an official post-mortem.

He suffered a cardiac arrest while being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on 25 May, the report found.

Being unable to breathe will do that. We’ve been reading about it in connection with the virus. The heart speeds up in the effort to pump oxygen to where it’s needed but it can’t, because the oxygen is blocked, so – bam. With the virus it’s the lungs, with George Floyd it was a cop’s knee on his neck. On.his.neck.

It listed Mr Floyd’s cause of death as “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression”.

The findings of the official post-mortem were released shortly after those of a private examination that was carried out by medical examiners hired by the Floyd family.

That report said Mr Floyd, 46, died from asphyxia (lack of oxygen) due to a compression on his neck and back. It also found the death was a homicide, a statement from the family’s legal team said.

“The cause of death in my opinion is asphyxia, due to compression to the neck – which can interfere with oxygen going to the brain – and compression to the back, which interferes with breathing,” Dr Michael Baden, a former New York City medical examiner and one of the pair, said at a news conference on Monday.

And no breathing ends up as no living.

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