George Floyd died from heart disease complications, expert tells trial

George Floyd died from heart disease complications, expert tells trial

Mr. Kelly added that the trial has been all about George Floyd, and Derek Chauvin has not been humanized at all.

Dr. David Fowler, a former Maryland chief medical examiner who is now with a consulting firm, said Wednesday the fentanyl and methamphetamine in Floyd's system, and possibly carbon monoxide poisoning from auto exhaust, were contributing factors in the 46-year-old Black man's death last May.

Prosecutors have argued that Chauvin drained Floyd of oxygen when he knelt on his neck for more than 9 minutes as Floyd lay handcuffed stomach-down in the street with one officer kneeling on his buttocks and thigh area and another officer kneeling and holding onto his legs.

"I felt that Derek Chauvin was justified and acting with objective reasonableness following Minneapolis Police Department policy and current standards of law enforcement in his interactions with Mr. Floyd", Brodd said.

A lack of oxygen would impact the brain first, causing someone to become disoriented and speak incoherently, Fowler said.

Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson is trying to prove that the 19-year Minneapolis police veteran did what he was trained to do and that Floyd died because of his illegal drug use and underlying health problems.

"In my opinion, Mr. Floyd had a sudden cardiac arrhythmia, or cardiac arrhythmia, due to his atherosclerosis and hypertensive heart disease. during his restraint and subdual by the police", said Dr. David Fowler, a forensic pathologist.

The jury has previously heard from medical experts called by prosecutors from the Minnesota attorney general's office, who say Mr Floyd had high blood pressure, a slightly enlarged heart and used opioid painkillers but that none were the cause of his death. He got Fowler to acknowledge that even someone who dies from being deprived of oxygen ultimately dies of an arrhythmia.

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Under questioning by the defense, Brodd also testified that bystanders yelling at police to get off Floyd complicated the situation for Chauvin and the others by causing them to wonder whether the crowd was becoming a threat, too.

Lawyers for Fowler say the lawsuit was filed on improper grounds, saying the way he certified Black's death did not infringe on the constitutional rights of Black's family. Blackwell further accused Fowler of jumping to conclusions and suggesting to the jury that Floyd had a white pill in his mouth in the video of his arrest. "Is that true?" Blackwell asked.

"Are you critical of the fact that he wasn't given immediate medical care when he went into cardiac arrest?"

"As a physician, I would agree", said Fowler.

Dr Fowler added that Chauvin's knee on Mr Floyd was "nowhere close to his airway" and that Mr Floyd's speaking and groaning showed that his airway was still open.

"Immediate medical attention ... may well reverse that process, yes", Fowler answered.

Nelson said that he and Chauvin have had numerous conversations on whether or not he should take the witness stand, including a lengthy conversation Wednesday night.

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