George Floyd died because police who detained him while he was lying in handcuffs prevented him from getting enough oxygen, a respiratory expert testified Thursday in the trial against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
“Mr. Floyd died of low oxygen levels,” said Martin Tobin, a pulmonologist affiliated with the Veterans Health Administration Hospital in Hines, Illinois, and Loyola University Medical Center, who was called in to testify by prosecutors. the low oxygen level was shallow breathing, small breaths. “
The medical testimony from Dr. Tobin and a forensic toxicology expert on Thursday is at the end of the second week of testimony, and the day before Andrew Baker, a medical expert from Henpen County, is due to testify. Dr. Baker, who performed Mr. Floyd̵
Dr Baker ruled that Mr Floyd’s death was murder – meaning that someone else’s actions had contributed to his death, but he told federal authorities, which were investigating the case, that he had found no evidence of asphyxia or injury to Mr. Floyd’s neck or back.
Dr. Tobin, who was not paid to testify and said he had watched videos of Mr Floyd’s arrest hundreds of times last year, concluded that several factors disrupted his breathing, including being trapped between the officers and the hard street as his officers handcuffed his hands.