The cause of death for George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was brutally pinned to the ground by police in Minneapolis, has finally been revealed following days of protests and outrage.
George Floyd‘s cause of death has been shared with the public.
The unarmed Black Minneapolis man, who was pinned down by police during an arrest, died of “asphyxiation from sustained pressure,” according to attorney Ben Crump in a statement made to CNN.
An independent autopsy revealed that he was essentially “dead on the scene” on May 25, Crump shared with the outlet.
“The ambulance was his hearse,” the family’s attorney told reporters on June 1.
In the disturbing footage taken by Minneapolis citizens, George could be heard breathlessly pleading with law enforcement, “please, please I can’t breathe.”
The unarmed Black man was pinned down by his neck, with a white officer on top of him, forcing his knee down on George.
“My stomach hurts…my neck hurts,” George could be heard saying in the witness’s clip.
Following the horrific scene, George became unconscious and was taken by stretcher to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:25 p.m. on May 25.
The four officers responsible have since been “terminated” by the Minneapolis Police Department.
On May 29, Officer Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.
In the days following George’s death, protests broke out across Minneapolis and took a violent turn.
A police precinct in the city was set ablaze, a number of demonstrators were seen taking items from a local Target, and a CNN crew reporting from the site of protests on May 29 was arrested during their on-air reporting.
Correspondent Omar Jiminez was among the CNN crew that was arrested.
They were released one hour after being taken into custody.
Public figures and celebrities alike also took to their respective social media accounts to voice their outrage over the loss of George’s life and the lack of action from the Minneapolis police department.
“Then, if we don’t, it goes unnoticed.