Investigate Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker for Negligence in George Floyd Autopsy

Investigate Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker for Negligence in George Floyd Autopsy

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Tyanna T started this petition to President of the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice Maria K. Statton and

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers. For eight minutes and forty-two seconds, the world watched as one officer in particular, Derek Chauvin, used excessive force and held his knee onto Floyd's neck, though he was already restrained by handcuffs. As Floyd pleaded that the officer's knee in his neck made it hard for him to breathe, his cries for help went ignored. As bystanders pleaded for the officer to remove his knee from Floyd's neck, even after he was visibly unconscious, their cries for help went ignored as well. And for that, George Floyd's life was taken too soon.

In a preliminary autopsy performed by Hennepin County's Chief Medical Examiner  Dr. Andrew Baker, it was found that:

"No physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation. Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease," the report states. "The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions, and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death."

A report such as this, that completely dismisses the eyewitness statements and recorded evidence of the altercation itself, is extremely alarming. Concluding that there was no evidence to support traumatic asphyxiation or strangulation, after we watched this very thing unfold as the officer held his knee on Floyd's neck is unacceptable!

Following the publishing of this report, the family of George Floyd had a second, independent autopsy performed by Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson. The results of this report found:

"Homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain."

...A very different story than what was originally told by M.E. Baker of Hennepin County. And it was only after the release of this independent report, that Dr.Baker released an updated report the same day, June 1st, agreeing that it was in fact a homicide caused by restraint and neck compression. Dr. Baker's sudden change of heart when it comes to the autopsy report signals an even larger underlying problem. We rely heavily on the findings of medical examiners, to guide our decisions in the prosecution of those who have been charged with heinous crimes. It is with these autopsy reports, that we are able to get a clearer view from the biological aspect of the human body, as to what actually happened. And without this key piece, how can we then proceed on to fair and just prosecution? 

With that being said, we are calling on the members of the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice to take action against Hennepin County Medical Examiner Andrew Baker, by revoking his medical license to practice, and charging him with criminal medical negligence. His initial autopsy report displays evidence of gross negligence on his part as a medical doctor, with findings that did not accurately depict the true cause of death, by placing the blame on Mr. Floyd for having "pre-existing health conditions," rather than on the officer that so clearly suffocated him, as we saw him lying face down with Officer Chauvin's knee pressed against his neck for more than eight minutes. And only after public pressure and the release of a second autopsy performed that contradicted his own, was Dr. Bader's report then changed. 

We cannot stand for negligence within the field of medicine and allowing Dr. Baker to continue practicing as a medical doctor goes against the very mission the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice calls for, being the assurance that those who practice medicine are competentethical practitioners with the necessary knowledge and skills appropriate to their title and role.

We are trying to get the attention of the members of the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice:

President, Maria K. Statton, Vice President, Kathryn D. Lombardo, and Complaint Review Committee Members, Patrick Townley, Stuart Williams, John Manahan, Patricia Lindholm, and Christopher Burkle.

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