George Floyd’s death was a homicide, the county medical examiner has ruled, saying in a report released Monday that the 46-year-old died as a result of “law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.”
The finding from the medical examiner in Hennepin County, Minnesota, comes after Floyd’s family released results earlier Monday from a private autopsy they commissioned that concluded he had died of “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.”
A preliminary report from the medical examiner last week said there were “no physical findings” to reach that conclusion.
Floyd, who is black, died in police custody on May 25, with a video showing officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the black man’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds as Floyd pleaded with police, saying “I can’t breathe.”
The official cause of the homicide, according to the medical examiner, wass “Cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression,” pointing to the incident with police as a reason behind his death.
The medical examiner also said that Floyd was intoxicated by fentanyl—a powerful opioid—at the time of his death and that hypertensive heart disease and recent methamphetamine use also were contributing factors.
Floyd’s death has sparked national outrage over police treatment of black Americans, with protests seen in cities across the country in the week since his death with many of those turning violent in recent days.
This is a developing story.