New court documents filed in the case of four former Minneapolis police officers being prosecuted for the death of George Floyd while in custody indicated the coroner found “no physical evidence . . . of asphyxiation” and a “fatal level” of the synthetic opioid fentanyl in the dead man’s system.
The revelations were in memos dated May 26 and June 1 – one day and a week after Floyd died – by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. They were submitted to the court Tuesday, a day after one of the officers, Tou Thao, requested the release of the full autopsy report, Fox’s Minneapolis network affiliate KMSP reported.
“The autopsy revealed no physical evidence suggesting that Mr. Floyd died of asphyxiation,” Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker told the prosecutor’s office, according to the May 26 memo. The autopsy was incomplete, it said, pending a toxicology report.
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