The official post mortem report of George Floyd, the African-American man who was killed in police custody, revealed that the cause of death was due to ‘neck compression’.
George Floyd died of “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression,” and the way of his death was “homicide,” the Hennepin County Medical Examiner in Minneapolis announced in a statement.
Other crucial health conditions of Floyd were also listed as “arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease; fentanyl intoxication; recent methamphetamine use.”
The statement further stated that the “Manner of death is not a legal determination of culpability or intent.”
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner in their release also stressed that under Minnesota state law “the Medical Examiner is a neutral and independent office and is separate and distinct from any prosecutorial authority or law enforcement agency.”
Soon after Floyd’s death in police custody last May 25, the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul erupted in massive protests which later on spread all across the country.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey made his first public appearance of the night at City Hall near 2 am Friday and said the precinct was evacuated as it had become too dangerous for officers there.
President Trump on Monday said he is determined to provide justice to Floyd and his family.
“All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd. My administration is fully committed, the justice will be fully served for George and his family and He will not have died in vain,” Trump said during a press briefing.
New York City will impose an 8 p.m. curfew for the remainder of the week after violent protests Monday night led to more than 700 arrests. Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed Tuesday to halt looting and violence, saying an 11 p.m. curfew Monday failed to quell the dangerous situation. The looting spread across the boroughs and in midtown Manhattan, where store windows were smashed, goods stolen and fights broke out.
Reports on social media showed police corralling a group of demonstrators onto one D.C. street as they used pepper spray on the crowd. Dubey told the TV station he was also pepper sprayed.
“The crowd came racing through like a tornado,” he said. “We had to keep the door open and keep pulling them in. … It’s the same you would do if there’s a storm.”
Governors including one Republican pushed back at President Donald Trump on Monday after he told them on a phone call they are “weak” and need to use force to “dominate” riots that have erupted during protests over the death of George Floyd.
Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a frequent target of Trump, called the phone call “deeply disturbing,” adding that instead of offering support or leadership to bring down the temperature at protests, Trump told governors to ” ‘put it down’ or we would be ‘overridden.’ “
“The president repeatedly and viciously attacked governors, who are doing everything they can to keep the peace while fighting a once-in-a-generation global pandemic,” Whitmer said in a statement.
Gov. Charlie Baker, a moderate Republican from left-leaning Massachusetts who is typically reluctant to take aim at Trump, raised the remarks himself during a news conference.
“That’s not what we need in Boston. It’s not what we need right now in Massachusetts,” Baker said, appearing to choke up. “And it’s definitely not what we need right now across this great country of ours either.”