Pulmonologist and intensive care doctor Martin Tobin said Thursday that George Floyd died of “low oxygen levels” when former police officer Derek Chauvin immobilized him and restricted his breathing ability, assuring that the deceased’s drug use was not relevant to death.
The expert’s testimony centered on the ninth day of Chauvin’s trial for the death of African American Floyd, which is taking place in the Hennepin County courthouse in Minneapolis where the events took place.
Tobin has therefore endorsed the prosecution’s testimony that the victim died when he was arrested by the ex-agent and rejected the defense argument attempting to link the death to fentanyl and methamphetamine found in the body of Floyd, reported The New York Times.
“A healthy person who was exposed to what Floyd was exposed to would have died,” claimed the doctor, who described the arrest of the deceased in detail and with pictures and even identified the moment when “life leaves his body”. “”
So he pointed out four main reasons why Floyd died, Chauvin’s left knee in the back of his neck, his prone position, the ex-agent’s right knee on his back, arm and side, and the pressure of the handcuffs.
The combination of all of these limited Floyd’s ability to breathe, who, according to the doctor, died from the pressure exerted by Chauvin.
The expert has also pointed to the deceased’s attempts to breathe due to his lack of oxygen from the pressure of Chauvin, who kneeled on Floyd for three minutes after losing oxygen from his body, reports CNN.
On the other hand, Tobin ruled out drug use as a cause of death and insisted that Floyd appeared to be breathing “at a normal rate” before passing out, since he believed that if he had overdosed his breathing rate would have slowed.
Louisville Metropolitan Police Department surgeon Bill Smock also testified Thursday, reiterating that Floyd “died of positional asphyxia, which is a fancy way of saying he died because he ran out of oxygen.” . “
Smock has also stressed that the deceased was vigilant during the event and that he did not overdose.
On the other hand, forensic toxicologist Daniel Isenschmid provided the jury with data on fentanyl and methamphetamine, the two substances found in Floyd’s system after his death.
Isenshmid has reported that 11 nanograms per milliliter of fentanyl and 19 nanograms per milliliter of methamphetamine were found in Floyd’s body.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black citizen, died on May 25, 2020 after complaining that he could not breathe because he had Chauvin’s knee on his neck, a sequence that was taped. The police response came because Floyd made a payment with a fake $ 20 bill.
Chauvin was expelled from the police force shortly afterwards and released on bail after being charged with murder and ill-treatment. Three other agents are charged with complicity in the commission of the alleged crime. All will be tried in August.
The event sparked a wave of protests against police violence and racism in the United States in 2020.