The National Association of Medical Examiners defended the Hennepin County, Minnesota, medical examiner’s report on the death of George Floyd, who died after being detained by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, TASS reported referring to CNN.
On Monday, Hennepin County Medical Examiner said that Floyd died as a result of cardiopulmonary shock. Traces of intoxication with the synthetic opiate fentanyl and the use of the narcotic substance methamphetamine were found. Floyd was found to have problems with high blood pressure and clogged arteries as well.
In turn, independent experts who were hired by the Floyd family found that he died due to strangulation.
However, they argue that circulatory problems, as well as drug intoxication, are not directly related to the case and were not the cause of the man’s death.
"Though the public may have concerns about the inclusion of underlying natural diseases, and drug intoxication as “contributing to death” on Mr. Floyd’s death certificate, this is usual practice for Medical Examiners. Death is a complex process and often occurs with multiple interacting contributing causes including physiologic stress brought about by physical altercations. Therefore, listing all provides a more comprehensive statement of the cause of death," the Association said.