George Floyd’s autopsy showed, a positive result for coronavirus, but the infection was not listed as a factor in his death. The official cause of death, according to the full 20-page report made public on Wednesday by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office, was cardiopulmonary arrest.
The autopsy, in listing cardiopulmonary arrest as the cause of Floyd’s death, also cited “complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression.”
The report listed several additional factors as “significant conditions” contributing to Floyd’s death.
The contributing factors were listed as heart disease, high blood pressure and intoxication from the powerful opioid fentanyl, as well as recent methamphetamine use.
The report further noted that a nasal swab sample collected from Floyd’s body came back positive for COVID-19, and that Floyd had also tested positive on April 3, nearly eight weeks before his death.
Makeshift memorial outside Cup Foods where George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer
The county’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Andrew Baker, concluded that the post mortem test result “most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent … positivity from previous infection.”
There was no indication in the autopsy report that coronavirus played any role in Floyd’s death.
Dr Michael Baden, one of two medical examiners who conducted a private autopsy for Floyd’s family, told the New York Times that county officials never told him, or the funeral director, that Floyd had tested positive for COVID-19.
Mr Floyd officially died of cardiopulmonary arrest after being restrained by police taking him into custody on May 25.
People gather by George Floyd’s memorial
Video footage circulated online of Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck despite that fact Mr Floyd was unarmed and had not resisted arrest.
The coroner ruled the manner of death to be a homicide.
Four police officers have since been fired from their jobs for their role in the incident, which was captured on a bystander’s cellphone video.
The officers involved are being held on criminal charges, one of them accused of murder.
The video showed that officer using his knee to press Floyd’s neck into the street for nearly nine minutes while the 46-year-old victim gasped for air and repeatedly groaned, “please, I can’t breathe.”
Floyd was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later.
The video went viral on the internet, sparking nine days of nationwide protest in the US.
Demonstrators have also taken to the streets overseas, from Germany to New Zealand.
Protests have also taken place in the UK with Star Wars actor John Boyega making a passionate speech at Hyde Park.
Protesters in major cities across the USA have spoken out about what they want to come of the demonstrations.
US protesters recently told Newsweek protests will continue for the foreseeable future with the outcome tied to what reforms and serious efforts are made to combat police brutality.
Many or those organising and attending protests have said that activism will continue even once fierce protests die down.
Activists told the publication that once the intense daily protests fade, the job of forcing police departments to adopt the reforms they’ve been calling for for years will continue.
More than 60 percent of victims in Minneapolis police shootings from 2009 to 2019 were black.
“Most of us are not sleeping at night since May 25. That’s not sustainable,” Michelle Gross, president of Minneapolis-based Communities United Against Police Brutality, said.
“I keep telling people I’m an organiser for protests, but also an organiser once the protests are over. When this is over don’t go home and say ‘I did my bit.'”