An independent autopsy concluded George Floyd died of asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.
The results of the autopsy commissioned by his family were released Monday and found that his death "was homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain," according to a statement from their lawyer.
Floyd died last Monday after a Minneapolis police officer restrained him by pushing his knee on his neck until he was unconscious. Floyd can be heard in a viral video pleading that he couldn't breathe from under the pressure.
Floyd's family rejected the preliminary findings of the Hennepin County Medical Examiner that "no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation."
The county's report also said Floyd's underlying health conditions included coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. It concluded that the underlying health conditions, combined with Chauvin's restraint and any possible intoxicants in Floyd's system, likely contributed to his death.