The attorney for George Floyd's family released the results of an independent autopsy showing that Floyd died from asphyxia caused by sustained pressure.
The autopsy found that the compression cut off blood to Floyd's brain and that the weight on his back made it difficult to breathe, according to announcement from the family's attorney, Ben Crump.
The independent autopsy differed from the official autopsy, which included being restrained, as well as underlying health issues and potential intoxicants in Floyd's system. That autopsy also said it found nothing "to support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation."
Floyd died last week following an arrest where an officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes. His death has sparked national protests and riots.
Forensic pathologists Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson conducted the autopsy commissioned by the Floyd family.
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