George Floyd autopsy report says he tested Covid-19 positive

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Belmont Lay | June 04, 2020, 12:17 PM

The full and final autopsy report on the death of George Floyd noted that he had tested positive for Covid-19, but it was not a contributing factor in his death, according to multiple media reports.

In the autopsy report by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office, the final diagnoses stated that Floyd, 46, “became unresponsive while being restrained by law enforcement officers; he received emergency medical care in the field and subsequently in the Hennepin HealthCare (HHC) Emergency Department, but could not be resuscitated”.

Floyd had tested positive for Covid-19 on April 3, which was the most notable detail in the final report.

He was still asymptomatic after his death, but had “persistent positivity”.

Two autopsies done

In total, there were two autopsies done.

The medical examiner’s office had issued an additional report on Monday, June 1, listing his manner of death as homicide.

This was due to “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression”.

The report also noted he had arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease, fentanyl intoxication, and recent use of methamphetamine and cannabis.

On that same day, Floyd’s family attorney, Ben Crump, released the findings of an independent autopsy.

This autopsy determined Floyd “sustained pressure on the right side of Floyd’s carotid artery impeded blood flow to the brain, and weight on his back impeded his ability to breathe”.

This report also called for first-degree murder charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Floyd died on May 25 Memorial Day while being arrested by four now-former officers.

Ex-police officers charged

Chauvin is now charged with second-degree unintentional murder.

He still faces third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter as well.

Three other former Minneapolis police officers have also been charged.

Thomas Lane, 37, J. Alexander Kueng, 26, and Tou Thao, 34, face two charges each of aiding and abetting their fellow former officer in connection to Floyd's death, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said on June 3, 2020.

The three had watched as their partner Chauvin pinned Floyd to the ground and crushed his neck with a knee for more than eight minutes.

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