Lawyers for the family of George Floyd, a black citizen who died Monday during his Minnesota arrest and for whom a police officer was charged with murder and manslaughter, will request an independent autopsy of the body to ensure that his death is confirmed. It was due to police operations, not health problems or drugs.
Lawyers Ben Crump and S. Lee Merritt suggested forensic pathologist Michael Baden to examine the body and compare their results to the previous report by the Hannepin County Coroner Office.
Although the state medical examiner’s office in Minnesota is a neutral and independent office, lawyers believe that both the alleged, unchecked drug use at Floyd’s first autopsy and his heart problems could be used as mitigating factors. in a lawsuit against the only accused so far, ex-agent Derek Chauvin.
The lawyers remembered another case similar to that of Floyd, that of Eric Garner, who also died in police custody in New York in July 2014 after being strangled by police officer Daniel Panteleo in an unauthorized maneuver.
“As we saw in Garner’s case, fiction is commonplace. ‘He had asthma, he had heart disease, …’ all of these things were irrelevant when they lived, breathed, walked or talked until they were found with the police, “Crump complained at a press conference picked up by the ABC network.