(Minneapolis) George Floyd died of lack of oxygen after lying on his stomach with his hands cuffed behind his back, his face on the ground, a medical expert testified during the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin .
Posted on April 8, 2021 at 1:58 p.m.
The Canadian Press
Due to his position, Mr. Floyd could no longer breathe deeply enough to absorb enough oxygen while Chauvin and two other officers held him back. This lack of oxygen damaged his brain and caused cardiac arrest, said Dr.r Martin Tobin, lung specialist at Loyola University School of Medicine, Chicago.
Prosecutors want to prove that it was Chauvin’s actions – not drug use or an underlying health problem of the victim, as the defense contends – that killed Floyd in May.
George Floyd is “probably dead of a fentanyl overdose,” Derek Chauvin’s lawyer has already said in documents sent before the start of the trial.
The Dr Tobin challenged the defense theory. “A healthy person subjected to the same treatments undergone by Mr. Floyd would also have died”, he launched.
Chauvin kept his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for at least three minutes. ” [Après] Mr. Floyd reached the point where there was not an ounce of oxygen left in the body, ”said Dr.r Tobin.
The witness listed other factors that he said affected Mr. Floyd’s breathing: his lying on hard ground, his head turned, the other officers lifting the handcuffs.
According to the witness’s calculations, Mr. Floyd received sufficient oxygen for about the first five minutes that Chauvin held him in his position because he was still speaking.
But after five minutes it didn’t matter where Chauvin had placed his knee because Floyd had already suffered brain damage.
The lawyer for the fallen police officer, Eric Nelson, had shown the jury several times the stills of a video where, according to him, his client’s knee is placed on the victim’s shoulder blade. However, all of these images were taken five minutes after Mr. Floyd was placed in his doom position, according to the video’s timestamp.
The Dr Tobin explained to jurors that if the hypopharynx – the lower part of the throat – becomes totally blocked, it only takes a few seconds to reduce the oxygen level to the point where it can lead to cardiac arrest or syncope.
Chauvin, is charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of Mr. Floyd on May 25. He was arrested outside a convenience store after being accused of attempting to pay with a fake $ 20 bill. Panicked, the man struggled and claimed to be claustrophobic as police attempted to put him in a patrol car. The police held him to the ground with his face against the sidewalk.
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