Family autopsy: Floyd asphyxiated by sustained pressure

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George Floyd (Photo: Ben Crump Law Firm)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of George Floyd says an independent autopsy has found that he died of asphyxiation from sustained pressure on his back and neck.

Floyd died a week ago after a white Minneapolis officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck until he stopped breathing. The officer ignored bystander shouts to get off him and Floyd’s cries that he couldn’t breathe.

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The family’s autopsy differs from the official autopsy as described in a criminal complaint that ruled out asphyxiation or strangulation.

Attorney Ben Crump says Officer Derek Chauvin should be charged with first-degree murder.