Respiratory Expert: George Floyd Died From Asphyxia As A Result Of Chauvin’s Actions

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A doctor specializing in respiratory medicine testified in court Thursday that George Floyd died of asphyxia as a result of being handcuffed facedown on the street with former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on him.

Dr. Martin Tobin, who works in the intensive care unit at Hines VA Hospital in Illinois and has studied respiratory physiology for 40 years, said Floyd died of a “low level of oxygen,” also known as asphyxia or hypoxia.

“This caused damage to his brain,” Tobin testified, “and it also caused a [pulseless electrical activity] arrhythmia that caused his heart to stop.”

Floyd’s low oxygen level was caused by “shallow breathing” due to his being handcuffed in the prone position against the pavement as Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck as well…


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