George Floyd died from lack of oxygen caused by restraint, lung expert testifies

George Floyd died from lack of oxygen caused by restraint, lung expert testifies

The Guardian

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  • Dr Martin Tobin: ‘Mr Floyd died from a low level of oxygen’
  • Knee on neck and handcuffs in prone position starved him of air

A leading pulmonary expert has told the Derek Chauvin murder trial that George Floyd was killed by a lack of oxygen because a knee was pressed into his neck while he was held facedown in handcuffs.

As the trial entered its ninth day of testimony, Dr Martin Tobin, a pulmonary and critical care specialist for 40 years, told the jury that the 38-year-old Black man was caught in a “vice” between Chauvin and the street as the breath was squeezed out of him.

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