By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, Dr. Baden appears on the Sean Hannity show, Fox News.
An independent autopsy finds that asphyxiation was what officially killed George Floyd. Mr. Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis, MN police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25. Fox News reports that Dr. Michael Baden has confirmed Mr. Floyd was deceased “many minutes” before he was transferred to the hospital. Dr. Michael Baden is the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy.
Dr. Baden states that compression of the neck and the back prevented Mr. Floyd’s diaphragm from expanding and contracting properly. Dr. Baden states that there is a misconception that because Mr. Floyd could speak, he could still breathe. Mr. Floyd’s asphyxia began to tell itself when he called out “Mama, Mama.” His mother passed three years before he did. This was due to the lack of oxygen to his brain.
Dr. Baden is also a Fox News contributor. Fox states that the doctor travelled to Minneapolis especially to perform the autopsy. He worked alongside Dr. Allecia Wilson.
CBS Evening News reported Dr. Baden and Dr. Wilson’s findings. Dr. Wilson called the death a homicide. She ruled that the cause of death was mechanical asphyxiation. Dr. Wilson and Dr. Baden’s review contradicted the preliminary report. The preliminary report stated that there was no evidence of asphyxiation or strangulation.
CBS Evening News provided some further background on both Dr. Wilson and Dr. Baden’s credentials. Dr. Wilson is herself an acclaimed forensic pathologist. Dr. Baden was the former chief medical examiner of New York City. He was the physician hired in 2014 to conduct the autopsy of Eric Garner. Mr. Garner was killed when an NYPD officer used a banned chokehold to apprehend him during his arrest.
The deaths of George Floyd and Eric Garner shared similarity in that they both begged the police officer to let them breathe. Both men explicitly stated that they could not breathe at the moment of arrest. This is the driving weight behind the police brutality protest slogan. “I can’t breathe,” has become a mantra in America.
In the wake of the devastating aftermath of Mr. Floyd’s murder, outrage continues to climb throughout America. The latest developments include fury over LA Police Chief Michael Moore’s remarks regarding the culpability of the rioters. Chief Moore has stated that the rioters share equal guilt in the death of Mr. Floyd. Mr. Moore stated “his death is as much on their hands as it is on that officer’s.” Michael Moore made these statements in a longer press event that condemned the violence of protests that turned into riots. He acknowledged the harsh severity of his statements, but this was not enough to curb the backlash that ensued. Likewise, Mayor Garcetti has faced backlash for appearing to nod in the background as Michael Moore made these comments.
This video, which was initially live streamed, appears to have been deleted from official Twitter accounts. It has, however, recirculated via numerous private accounts. Quotations of this speech have also appeared in the Washington Examiner.