Conceding that he had no evidence , a retired medical examiner who testified as a witness for Derek Chauvin's defense blamed carbon monoxide from the tailpipe of a police car as one of the factors contributing to George Floyd's death. His claims contradicted Floyd's official autopsy report and testimonies of several medical experts. David Fowler, the former chief medical examiner of Maryland, also testified that Floyd died of a sudden cardiac arrhythmia due to his heart disease while being restrained by Chauvin and two other police officers, adding that the ingestion of drugs and a tumor were contributing factors. His testimony contradicted the Hennepin County medical examiner, Andrew Baker, who conducted Floyd’s autopsy and testified last week that the actions by the Minneapolis police officers — including Chauvin pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes — were the main cause of death. Drugs and heart disease also played a role, he added. There were no findings of carbon monoxide poisoning either in Baker’s autopsy report or in his testimony as a witness for the state. On cross-examination, Fowler conceded that the air Floyd was breathing at the time was never tested and that he had not… Read full this story
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