All four former officers in the death of George Floyd have now been charged, according to a statement released by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.
Also, the (then) officer Derek Chauvin has now had his charges changed from third-degree murder and manslaughter to murder in the 2nd degree, according to the Star Tribune.
The other three officers charged are Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao. The announcement was made by Senator Amy Klobuchar via Twitter.
An independent autopsy requested by the attorneys speaking on behalf of the George Floyd family found that not only was Derek Chauvin guilty of causing Mr. Floyd to die by asphyxiation, by having then officer Chauvin apply pressure to his neck, but the other officers applying pressure to his back cause his chest to be compressed and did not allow him to expand his lungs in order to inhale, according to CNBC.
A forensic pathologist from the University of Michigan has said that the manner of death was a homicide. Therefore, justifying additional and more serious charges for Chauvin and the other accomplices in Mr. Floyd’s death.
On Monday a report released by the Hennepin County Examiner’s office claimed that Mr. Floyd had died of “cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by the restraint and neck compression.” This report also cited that the death was a homicide.
These reports are quite contradictory to the initial report filed by Minneapolis officials which claimed, “No physical findings support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.” It went on to state, “Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary heart disease. The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.”
However, my question is, if this was an autopsy, couldn’t the coroner’s office determine if there were any intoxicants in his system? Why would the report state “any potential intoxicants” shouldn’t the coroner’s office have been able to determine that during the autopsy?
Regardless, the four individuals who were directly connected to the death of Mr. Floyd have now been charged with murder and other serious charges and we hope that for once Mr. Floyd will see unbiased judgment in his unfortunate absence.