Investigate Hennepin County Medical Center for Falsifying Cause of Death of George Floyd

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Launch a full investigation into the Hennepin County Medical Center that falsified the cause of death for George Floyd and other potential cases surrounding officer involved deaths.

We believe that the incompetence of the medical examiner may have led to the lesser charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter as well as cases of police brutality against other officers being thrown out. Medical examiners have a responsibility to accurately determine the manner and cause of death of victims while conducting their autopsy, and unfortunately this was not the case for the Hennepin County Medical Center.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner reported that Floyd had underlying health conditions, including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. A report that many who watched the video was skeptical include Floyd’s family (which is what prompted an independent examination.)

An independent autopsy ordered by George Floyd's family found his death was a "homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain," according to early findings from the examination released Monday. The independent examiners found that weight on the back, handcuffs and positioning were contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Floyd's diaphragm to function, according to the report. The report concluded that Floyd, 46, died at the scene. George Floyd died of strangulation and traumatic asphyxia after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than 8 minutes.

According to statements, one of the officers, Officer Thomas Lane asked “should we roll him on his side?” and Chauvin answered, “No, staying put where we got him.” Officer Lane said, “I am worried about excited delirium or whatever,” to which Chauvin responded, “That’s why we have him on his stomach.” When Floyd stopped moving and became unresponsive, another officer Officer J.A. Kueng checked for a pulse and said he couldn’t find one. Civilian footage shows a medical worker touching Floyd’s head as Officer Chauvin remains on top of him. Paramedics and officers eventually flip Floyd over, load him onto a gurney and into the ambulance while he was still handcuffed. Once inside, a responder freed his hands. Floyd’s condition never changed, even after an electric shock to the chest. The incident report stops once he was handed off to emergency room staff. Floyd’s official time of death was recorded at 9:25 p.m.

Floyd was pronounced dead later at Hennepin County Medical Center. The Hennepin County Medical Center provides death investigative services and forensic autopsy services for deaths that occur in Hennepin, Dakota and Scott counties and therefore is the hub for all officer involved deaths.