Derek Chauvin Trial: Medical Examiner Says Neck Pressure, Other Factors Led To George Floyd’s Death

Dr. Andrew Baker - Credit: Court TV via AP, Pool


The Minneapolis chief medical examiner who conducted the autopsy on George Floyd’s body and deemed his death a homicide testified Friday in former officer Derek Chauvin’s trial that the way police held him down and compressed his neck “was just more than Mr. Floyd could take,” given the condition of his heart.

Dr. Andrew Baker, chief medical examiner for Hennepin County, took the stand on Friday morning as the second week of testimony at the murder trial of Chauvin, 45, came to an end.

Chauvin is accused of murder and manslaughter in the May 25th 2020 death of Floyd. The former officer, who has been fired from Minneapolis Police Department, is accused of pressing his knee on or close to Floyd’s neck for what prosecutors have said was 9 minutes and 29 seconds, while he was handcuffed and pinned to the pavement on his stomach.

Police were arresting Floyd outside a neighborhood store, Cup Foods, for allegedly trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes.

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