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Family attorney to announce findings of independent autopsy of George Floyd

There have been concerns raised by the determination of the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

The attorney hired by the family of George Floyd will announce this afternoon the results of an independent autopsy of the 46-year-old's body.

Civil rights and personal injury lawyer Ben Crump will announce the findings at a virtual press conference at 2 p.m., which follows the release of the preliminary findings of the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's autopsy on Friday.

The Hennepin County examiner said there were "no physical findings that support death by traumatic asphyxia or strangulation" after he was pinned to the ground with the knee of former Officer Derek Chauvin to his neck for almost 9 minutes, while two other officers were kneeling on the lower half of his body.

Instead it says his death was likely caused by "the combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system."

This finding has been condemned by his family, who have criticized the finding for not suggesting the knee to the neck played a larger role in his death, as well as for the vague reference to "potential intoxicants."

On Sunday, it was announced that Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will lead the prosecution of Chauvin and make the decision on charges for the three other officers involved following the end of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's investigation.

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The autopsy finding has also been roundly criticized on social media, with among those commenting including Eugene Gu, MD, who has a substantial following and in a viral post publicly slammed the autopsy.

"As a doctor who watched the horrifying video, I can safely say that Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report that heart disease, hypertension, and most outrageously 'potential intoxicants' caused George Floyd’s death is so profoundly, and respectfully, quite bullshit," he tweeted.

He went on to say that "you don’t need to have evidence of trauma to the airway to believe that a knee to the neck killed this man. We all literally saw it."

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