MINYAPOLIS, USA, April 8, 2021 (AFP) – During a inquest into George Floyd’s death on Thursday (8) a pulmonologist said the victim had died of a lack of oxygen and that police officer Derek Suev’s knee was resting on his street when he was handcuffed. More than% “his neck.
Lung expert Martin Tobin told the jury that he was pursuing the case against former police officer Derek Chou, who was charged with murder and manslaughter, and that Floyd had watched the arrest videos “hundreds of times” on May 25, 2020.
“Floyd died due to low oxygen,” he said. “It caused damage to his brain,” he added, adding that Tobin explained to the judges, nine women and five men that the irregular heartbeat was arrhythmia, which caused his “cardiac arrest,” and they were convicted in state Minneapolis court. American from Minnesota.
Suu Kyi, a 45-year-old white man, appears in a video recorded by a witness kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, while the 46 – year – old African American repeatedly complained that he could not breathe. The shooting traveled around the world and created waves of protest against racial injustice and police brutality.
According to Tobin, Floyd’s breathing was weak because he was confronted on the street, handcuffed and had his neck and back with Suu Kyi and other police officers.
Eric Nelson, Suu Kyi’s defense attorney, repeatedly suggested during interrogation that Suu Kyi’s body weight was actually on Floyd’s shoulder, sometimes on his back, but not on his neck.
However, this theory is not accepted by the physician. “Agent Suv’s knee is mostly around his neck,” he said, “more than 90% of the time.”
– Floyd’s health not affected – Ireland-born Dobin, based in Chicago, USA, testified as an expert called by a lawyer. The doctor said he had already testified in medical malpractice cases, but said it was his first criminal case and he had not been paid for it.
Suu Kyi, who pleads not guilty, faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of a felony or a felony. After 19 years of service in the Minneapolis Police Department, he was expelled after the death of former agent Floyd.
Prosecutors are trying to prove that the death of the African American was caused by suffocation, while Suu Kyi’s defense claims that the cause was the use of illegal drugs and the deceased’s previous health problems.
Tobin rejected defense arguments that the previous conditions contributed to the death. “A healthy person who was subjected to Floyd would have died as a result of his exposure,” he said.
Forensic scientist Brehna Giles testified Wednesday that pills containing methamphetamine and fentanyl were found in the victim’s and police car, some with traces of saliva similar to Floyd’s DNA.
William Smoke, a doctor who specializes in forensic medicine, testified that pictures of Floyd’s death showed his voice weakening as he let out oxygen. “He talks, doesn’t snore,” Smoke said.
“He says ‘Please leave me, I want to breathe, I can not breathe.’ This is not the amount of fentanyl. It begs more than someone’s breath.”
Toxicologist Daniel Eisenchmidt pointed out in court that Floyd had relatively low levels of fentanyl in his blood and challenged defense arguments about overdose.
– Excessive use of force – Several senior Minneapolis police officers testified that Suu Kyi used excessive force. The corporation’s president, Mataria Aradonto, said on Monday that Suu Kyi’s training practices violated their “values”.
Floyd was arrested on suspicion of attempting to pay for a purchase at a nearby store with a counterfeit $ 20 bill. When the ambulance arrived, a paramedic told the arbitral tribunal last week that Floyd was already dead and that the former police officer was on his knees.
Police officers are rarely punished in the United States when convicted, and any conviction on any charge against Suu Kyi will require a unanimous verdict on the part of the jurors.
The other three former police officers arrested will be interrogated separately until the end of this year.
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