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Expert: George Floyd died of hypoxia


George Floyd could not consume enough oxygen and it made his heart stop, explains the specialist in the court.

George Floyd, who died last year during an arrest in Minneapolis, died as a result of not being able to get enough air.

That’s what lung specialist Martin Tobin, who has been called as a witness in the case against former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of killing Floyd, says.

In court, he explains that George Floyd “died due to a low oxygen level that caused damage to his brain” and then a cardiac arrest.

Video footage has shown Chauvin pressing his knee against the black man’s neck for about nine minutes, even though Floyd was handcuffed and repeatedly pointed out that he could not get air.

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Martin Tobin has calculated that Chauvin at some point put the equivalent of 41.5 kilos of weight on Floyd’s neck.

– He is pressed down against the asphalt, so the asphalt plays a big role in preventing him from expanding his chest, Tobin explains according to the New York Times.

With his explanation, Tobin apparently confirms the conclusion that a forensic pathologist came to – namely that Floyd’s death was caused by the grip that Chauvin held him in.

In previous days, senior police officers have explained in court that Chauvin had violated police rules on the use of force during the arrest of Floyd.

Derek Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder.

Chauvin’s defense attorneys argue that drug use played a role in Floyd’s death.

But the lung specialist believes that even a healthy and fit person who was not affected by drugs would have died under the same circumstances.

“A healthy person who was exposed to what Mr Floyd was exposed to would have died as a result of what he was exposed to,” Martin Tobin was quoted as saying by the New York Times.

/ ritzau /

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