Attorney Ben Crump, who represents the family of George Floyd, held a news conference Monday sharing the results of the separate autopsy the team had called for earlier in the week.
An additional autopsy was conducted after the family said that the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s findings “do not address in detail the effect of the purposeful use of force on Mr. Floyd’s neck and the extent of Mr. Floyd’s suffering at the hands of police.
“Attorney Crump said the autopsy determined that asphyxia from sustained pressure was the cause of death.”The ambulance was a hearse,” he said. “From all apparent evidence, George was dead at the scene.”
I never knew the full meaning of racism until I moved to the US. It’s in the body language, the gaze, the intentional omission, unfair treatment, just to name a few.
As a Nigerian living in the US I find myself in an emotional war as I constantly try to suppress all these acts of racism. But let’s be honest there’s only so much a man can take.
We live in an era where acts of systemic racism has eaten so deep that black lives mean nothing and can be taken at will. Thankfully, a handful of these inhumane acts are captured on camera. But for a moment think about those that were never captured and the amount of lives that have been lost. Alarming!!!
Minorities have suffered enough in a system that has been built to favor a certain sect. With each passing day the blood of the slain cry for justice. This should be our wake up call as human beings created in God’s image not to be silent anymore. Anger at this point is justifiable, and I pray that God grants us wisdom to take the right actions that will bring about the change the world needs right now.
To every life lost, I am sorry this land failed you. May the peace of God that passes all human understanding be with everyone grieving during these scary times.
If all these horror doesn’t worry you, then you are the problem. Let it be known that we will no longer be quiet and justice shall prevail. God bless us all. #blacklivesmatter
United States President, Donald Trump, has ordered an investigation into the killing of a middle-aged black man, George Floyd.
He described Floyd’s death as “very sad and tragic” while commiserating with his family on the loss.
The President ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Department of Justice to expedite the probe, vowed that justice would be served on the matter.
“At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd.
“I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!” Trump tweeted.
Floyd died shortly after four police officers assaulted him in Minneapolis, a city in Minnesota.
One of the officers was seen in a video kneeling on his neck while he was handcuffed.
“Your knee in my neck. I can’t breathe… Mama. Mama,” Floyd pleaded, slowly grew silent and motionless, unable to move even as the officers taunted him to “get up and get in the car”.
He was taken to the hospital where he was later declared dead.
After dismissing the four officers involved, Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey, expressed outrage as calls rose for them to be prosecuted for murder.
“What I saw was wrong at every level,” he said of the video.
“For five minutes, we watched as a white officer pressed his knee into the neck of a black man. Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” Frey added.
The family of the late Floyd has called for the prosecution of the four officers, stressing that they should be charged with murder.
The death of the black man sparked street protests in the Midwestern US city.
Protesters, many wearing face masks because of the coronavirus outbreak, held signs saying “Justice for George Floyd” and “Black Lives Matter” during a rally near the scene of Monday’s death in custody.
But beyond the US, blacks all over the world have been outraged by the inhumane treatment as they took to the Social Media to vent their angst over the killing of Floyd which many described as a shadow of racism.