New exhibits filed in the George Floyd case against four former Minneapolis police officers suggest that the Hennepin County Medical Examiner found a "fatal level" of fentanyl in Floyd's system.
Six pieces of evidence were revealed today, FOX 9 reported. In one memorandum, filed a day after Floyd's death on May 25, the county Attorney's Office reported after a virtual meeting that Chief Medical Examiner Andrew Baker concluded:
"The autopsy revealed no physical evidence suggesting that Mr. Floyd died of asphyxiation."
However, Baker told the attorney that his investigation was incomplete without a toxicology report.
Another memorandum filed on Jun. 1 by the Attorney's Office indicated that Baker then believed Floyd's fentanyl level was "pretty high" and at a potentially "fatal level."
Upon reviewing the blood test, it was incidentally noted in a Microsoft Teams meeting that this level of fentanyl can cause pulmonary edema as Floyd's lungs were reportedly two-to-three times their normal weight during autopsy.
"[Baker] said that if Mr. Floyd had been found dead in his home (or anywhere else) and there were no other contributing factors he would conclude that it was an overdose death," the June memo read.
These finding come one day after ex-officer Tou Thao's attorneys requested the release of the full autopsy reports from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner, and the private medical examiners hired by Floyd's family.
Other findings deduced that Floyd died from a combination of factors.
The Armed Forces filed a memorandum agreeing with the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, asserting that Floyd's death was a homicide: "His death was caused by the police subdual and restraint in the setting of severe hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and methamphetamine and fentanyl intoxication."
There was also a memorandum outlining the conclusions of the independent medical examiners requested by the Floyd family, who ruled his death as "traumatic asphyxia due to the compression of his neck and back during restraint by police."
However, this memo admits that the private medical examiners were waiting for microscopic slides, pictures, and other pieces of evidence from the county Medical Examiner's report.
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