The doctor who declared George Floyd dead testified on Monday that at the time of his death he considered suffocation to be the most probable cause of death.
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In court, Bradford Langenfeld, who was on duty at Hennepin County Medical Center, said that based on the information he had, death by suffocation was “more likely than the other possibilities”.
He said Floyd’s heart had stopped before he arrived at the hospital, and that he was not told of any attempt by police or passers-by to resuscitate him, but that paramedics told him they had tried for 30 minutes, to no avail.
The paramedic who arrived at the scene while police officer Derek Chauvin was still kneeling on Floyd’s neck said last week that he was already dead and that he did not feel any pulse.
Police Chief on the arrest of George Floyd: Violation of the guidelines
Violation of the rules
Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo, who testified after Langenfeld, said Chauvin’s knee against Floyd’s neck was a violation of the police chamber’s precautionary line.
Arradondo said Chauvin should have let go as soon as Floyd stopped resisting.
He made it clear that the fact that Chauvin did not do so was contrary to the training their people receive, and the values that the police chamber stands for.
Arradondo fired Chauvin and three others involved in the incident a few days after the incident.
Risks 40 years
The former police officer is charged with intentional and varying degrees of negligent murder of Floyd on May 25 last year. Chauvin pressed his knee against the neck of the African-American so long and hard that he died.
Chauvin’s defense attorney claims that he only did what he was trained to do, and that Floyd died as a result of substance abuse problems and underlying illness.
If Chauvin is found guilty, he risks up to 40 years in prison.
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