Derek Chauvin trial: George Floyd’s death was “absolutely preventable,” doctor says

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During cross-examination at former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial on Monday, defense attorney Eric Nelson asked if George Floyd would have survived if he hadn’t got into the Minneapolis police squad car on May 25, 2020. Cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Rich said had he not been restrained in the way in which he was, he might be alive today.

“I think he would have gone home or wherever he was going to go, had he not been subjected to the prone and positional restraint he was,” said the doctor.

Dr. Rich also said he found no evidence that the primary cause of Floyd’s death originated in his heart, following his review of the autopsy results.

He said he noted that Floyd’s arteries were narrowed due to coronary artery disease, but said none were blocked completely. He said he found no evidence of blood clotting or platelets that would cause a heart attack. Rich said the inner lining of Floyd’s heart showed no damage at all, which would be present if he had a heart attack. The doctor said he believed Floyd’s heart was mildly thickened, an expected finding in someone with high blood pressure. Rich also said he does not believe Floyd’s death was caused by drugs.

Rich testified he believed Floyd’s death was “absolutely preventable.” He said had the officers re-positioned Floyd or rolled him on his side, that “very likely could have saved his life.”

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