During Thursday’s proceedings of Derek Chauvin’s murder trial, three medical experts testified about the circumstances surrounding George Floyd’s homicide.
All three said fentanyl could not be ruled as a cause of death and further explained how Chauvin’s and other officers’ positions on Floyd’s back and neck caused death by lack of oxygen.
Pulmonologist Dr. Tobin ruled out the argument that fentanyl played a part in Floyd’s death and explained to jurors the anatomy of what happened with Floyd’s breathing as a result of the pressure from former police officer Chauvin’s knee.
The officer who trained Chauvin said that his neck restraint on Floyd was not department protocol. Floyd, a Black man, died in police custody on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin pinned his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.
Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.