Doctor Who Treated George Floyd Says He Believed Cause Of Death ‘Likely’ Asphyxia

Written by on April 5, 2021

An emergency medication physician who handled George Floyd the night time he died testified in court docket Monday that he believed Floyd had died of “asphyxia,” the frequent time period for oxygen deprivation.

Dr. Bradford Langenfeld made the assertion throughout his testimony within the trial of Derek Chauvin, the previous Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering Floyd on Might 25, 2020.

Bystander video confirmed Chauvin, who’s white, kneeling on Floyd’s neck as Floyd, who’s Black, repeatedly said that he couldn’t breathe. Chauvin continued to kneel on Floyd’s neck for a number of minutes even after Floyd grow to be immobile and ceased respiratory.

Chauvin was charged with second- and third-degree homicide in addition to second-degree manslaughter. He has pleaded not responsible to all the fees.

Langenfeld testified that Floyd was in cardiac arrest and “completely” struggling a medical emergency when paramedics introduced him into Hennepin County Medical Middle the night time of his arrest. He mentioned he tried to resuscitate Floyd for roughly 30 minutes earlier than he formally pronounced Floyd lifeless at 9:25 p.m. CT.

Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell requested Langenfeld if his main idea for Floyd’s cardiac arrest had been oxygen deprivation. Langenfeld mentioned sure.

“That was one of many extra seemingly prospects,” Langenfeld testified. “I felt that ― on the time, primarily based on the knowledge I had ― it was extra seemingly than the opposite prospects.”

“Asphyxia is a generally understood time period,” he added when requested if there was one other identify for loss of life by oxygen deficiency.

Two autopsies ― one carried out by county officers and the opposite commissioned by Floyd’s household ― individually labeled Floyd’s loss of life as a murder. Nonetheless, the post-mortem studies, which had been each launched final June, differed on the precise reason behind loss of life.

The Hennepin County medical expert’s workplace mentioned in its report that Floyd died of “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating legislation enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression.” The report additionally said that fentanyl and methamphetamine had been present in Floyd’s system on the time of his loss of life. Michael Baden and Allecia Wilson, the medical doctors who carried out the unbiased post-mortem, mentioned Floyd died of mechanical asphyxia.

Chauvin’s legal professional, Eric Nelson, has argued that Floyd’s loss of life was brought about partially by hypertension, coronary heart illness and drug use ― not by Chauvin kneeling on his neck.

Throughout his cross-examination of Langenfeld, Nelson requested the physician if fentanyl and methamphetamine may cause hypoxia, or a scarcity of oxygen. Langenfeld mentioned sure.

Earlier Monday, Langenfeld testified that the 2 paramedics who introduced Floyd into the hospital that night time ― Derek Smith and Seth Bravinder ― didn’t report that they believed Floyd had suffered a coronary heart assault or drug overdose. 

Langenfeld mentioned he had thought-about the chance that Floyd’s cardiac arrest was brought on by “excited delirium” however dismissed that idea because the paramedics didn’t report Floyd being “very sweaty” or “extraordinarily agitated” ― two frequent signs of the situation.

“The absence of that data was telling in that I didn’t have any motive to imagine that that was the case right here,” Langenfeld testified.

He mentioned he didn’t deal with Floyd with Narcan ― a medicine designed to quickly reverse opioid overdose ― that night time, and mentioned the paramedics didn’t report treating him with Narcan both.


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