Black in the United States George FloydFormer police officer Derek Chauvin was killed by pressing his knee to his neck on the 9th day of the trial, resting pulmonologist Dr. Martin Tobin announced that Floyd died of oxygen deficiency.
Former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder of black George Floyd on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On the ninth day of the trial, pulmonologist Martin Tobin heard Floyd’s expert opinion. Tobin said Floyd’s neck was squeezed by a “saw” during his arrest and he died of lack of oxygen. Tobin described it as asphyxia.
While Toby’s remarks contradict the defense’s claim that the painkiller fentanyl was the cause of Floyd’s inability to breathe, a toxicology report published in June last year found that Floyd had fentanyl in his blood.
Tobin said Floyd’s ability to breathe was hampered by the pressure of the asphalt as he lay on the ground.
Tobin said it was important how handcuffs were worn, adding that Floyd was struggling to breathe in the true sense of the word.
“Healthy people would die”
Tobin explained that about 4 minutes before Chauvin pulled his knee from Floyd’s neck, Floyd showed signs of a brain injury, and a healthy person who was exposed would have “died.” About three minutes before Chauvin pulled his knee from Floyd’s neck, Tobin said, “There’s not a gram of oxygen left in his body.” After Floyd took his last breath, Chauvin said his knee remained on Floyd’s neck for another 3 minutes and 27 seconds. After officials realized there was no pulse, Chauvin explained that the knee remained on Floyd’s neck for another 2 minutes and 44 seconds.
Medical professionals are resting
While the trial is expected to last at least a month, prosecutors in the Floyd murder case are now listening to medical professionals. The chief medical inspector, who performed the autopsy on behalf of the district, is scheduled to testify at tomorrow’s meeting. The defense claimed that Floyd’s drug use triggered a heart attack and he died as a result.
Listening to the meeting yesterday, power expert Jody Stiger said that Chauvin used “deadly force” at the time of the incident and that he did not need force after being handcuffed and continued to use force in this way. “positional asphyxia, which can be fatal.”