The attorney for the family of George Floyd denounced the findings of the local medical examiner as extensive fentanyl in Floyd’s system, saying it was an attempt to assassinate the character of the man.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office announced Monday that Floyd’s death was classified as a homicide, and his heart stopped when police shrugged his neck at the widely viewed video of Floyd’s arrest. But the office also noted “other significant conditions” in its report, listing heart disease; Fentanyl addiction and recent methamphetamine use.
Those findings are not listed under the cause of death, but family lawyer Benjamin Crump called the toxicology results on Tuesday a “red herring” and said that it was distracting when officers knelt in his neck and lungs. Death.
“This is an attempt to assassinate his character after they assassinate him in the video,” Crump said during a news conference Tuesday.
Crump commissioned a separate, independent autopsy by the Floyd family that ruled his death a homicide – but from suffocation from neck and spinal compression.
Prosecutors are now seeking charges against Minneapolis officer Derek Chuvv, who was shot in the neck of Floyd from third to first degree murder.
“I think the allegations are likely to be enhanced… why when there is a white police [officer] We kill a black man in America, and we act like it’s the hardest thing to charge them with? “Crump said in a separate interview on NBC News'” Today “show.
Three other officers who assisted Sauv in Floyd’s arrest are also expected to be indicted and hope their day in court.
“We have heard that they will be charged by those officers … we understand that they will be charged,” he said.
Floyd’s death has sparked outrage across the country, where cities have faced emotional and violent protests, with his family pleading with the protesters to remain silent.
Crump said the only way to put out fires in American cities is to hold the police, but asked Floyd to “breathe.”
“All he needs is breath,” Crump said of Floyd. “The family asked everyone to take a breath – take a breath for peace, take a breath for justice. If George is here, he will quietly protest the people. “