The official autopsy of George Floyd, whose shocking and high profile death in May ignited a firestorm of protests around the United States, was released and shows surprising findings by a pathologist, Andrew M. Baker, M.D.
On page 2 of the 20 page document, Baker wrote:
III. No life-threatening injuries identified
A. No facial, oral mucosal, or conjunctival petechiae
B. No injuries of anterior muscles of neck or laryngeal
C. No scalp soft tissue, skull, or brain injuries
D. No chest wall soft tissue injuries, rib fractures (other
than a single rib fracture from CPR), vertebral column
injuries, or visceral injuries
E. Incision and subcutaneous dissection of posterior and
lateral neck, shoulders, back, flanks, and buttocks
negative for occult trauma
There could be telltale signs of a lack of trauma, that could very well lay the foundation of an acquittal for the police officers who arrested and restained George Floyd, in my opinion.
Baker’s findings were peer-reviewed according to the report.
“In accordance with HCME policy, this report was reviewed by another board-certified forensic pathologist prior to release,” the report read.
Page 7 of the report lists extensive medical intervention for Floyd, which sadly did not save him.
Although the viral video of a police officer restraining Floyd was deeply disturbing, and all loss of human life is upsetting, the report appears to be fair and unbiased.
There were no facial, oral mucosal, or conjunctival petechiae noted.
Notably, Petechiae is a pinhead size red or purple spot on the surface of the skin, which is the result of tiny ruptures in blood vessels resulting in hemorrhage just below the skin.
Petechiae are normal and expected when airflow are cut off at the neck by any mechanism.
According to Web MD:
“Petechiae is not a disease, but a symptom. A number of things can cause them, from severe coughing fit to an infection.”
“Petechiae are a sign of blood leaking from capillaries under your skin. Capillaries are the tiniest blood vessels that connect arteries to veins. They help move oxygen and nutrients from your bloodstream to your organs and tissues. They also carry waste away from your organs and tissues.
Leaking in the capillaries could be due to an illness or medicine you take. Petechiae may also form on your face, neck, or chest if you strain intensely or for a long time when you do things like:
- Cough hard
- Give birth
- Lift heavy weights”
Photos would clearly “red spots”.
Also, there was no hemorrhage found from an extensive biopsy of Floyd’s neck. That is confusing after watching the video but shows that Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee may not have cut off any blood flow and caused no ruptured blood vessels.
The autopsy did expose injuries that were healing at the time of Floyd’s arrest and a tragic combination of hardcore street drugs.
The New York Times says 'one autopsy report' found George Floyd had 'traces of illegal drugs' in his system. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner noted 'fentanyl intoxication.' https://t.co/Ne2HmUiVxV pic.twitter.com/HzXLLdvHzM
— Byron York (@ByronYork) July 9, 2020
This autopsy, the list of drugs, combined with the 911 call from someone claiming that Floyd was extremely drunk and out of control, with his long criminal record, should sink the charges against the officers of murder.
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Cultural Marxism, grassroots activism, music, IndyCar racing and political campaigns. @Saorsa1776