“Mr Floyd died due to low levels of oxygen,” he testified. “This damage his brain we see, and also causes PEA’s arrhythmia, which causes his heart to stop beating. It refers to pulse-free electrical activity that is cardiac arrest.
“The cause of low oxygen levels is shallow breathing,” he adds. “Inhale a little, a small tidal volume, a shallow breath that cannot carry air through the lungs down to a vital part of the lungs that receives oxygen into the blood and eliminates carbon dioxide.”
He identified four main reasons for Floyd’s death: handcuffs and streetwear acting as a “vice”, Chauvin’s left knee on his neck, Floyd̵7;s prone position, and Chauvin’s right knee on Floyd’s back and sides.
Tobin’s testimony comes on the ninth day of the trial as prosecutors move into the third phase of the case against the former police officer, focusing on a medical analysis of Floy’s cause of death. Grand
The first week of the trial focused on Floyd’s final moments on May 25, 2020, especially the harrowing bystander and body camera footage showing his last breath. Over the past few days, several police experts and training coordinators have testified that Chauvin violated police policies and used excessive force on Floyd.
The most important medical testimony was likely on Friday when Hennepin County Chief Medical Examiner Andrew Baker testified. Baker performed an autopsy for Floyd and identified his death as murder, stating the cause of death. “Cardiovascular arrest complicates law enforcement, restraint and strangulation.”
The medical analysis was crucial to the prosecutor’s case that Floyd died because Chauvin placed his body weight on Floyd’s neck and returned more than nine minutes, causing his death. Chauvin’s defense attorney, Eric Nelson, argued that Floyd died from an overdose and a preexisting health condition.
On Wednesday, state inspectors testified that three white pills were found in a Mercedes-Benz car that Floyd drove in May, and a similar white pill was found. together But it’s smaller than Floyd’s saliva in the back of a police car. The drug was analyzed in a lab and found to contain fentanyl and methamphetamine, forensic scientists testified.
Senior Special Agent James Reyerson shows clips from Floyd’s Minneapolis police body camera footage saying something while handcuffed and in a prone position on the ground. At first, he agreed with Chauvin’s defense attorney that it sounded like Floyd was saying, “I took too much of my medicine.”
After a short pause, the prosecution played a longer video clip for Reyerson. Reyerson then changed his mind. ‘I’m not doing drugs,’ ‘he said.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Police Department’s use of force experts hired by prosecutors testified that Chauvin used excessive and serious force on Floyd when needed.
Chauvin, 45, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree, third-degree murder and third-degree murder. The trial, now in full two weeks of testimony, is expected to take about a month.
Forensic scientists said the drug was found in both cars.
Numerous white pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine were found in Floyd’s car, and a small pill with Floyd’s saliva was found in the back of a police car forensic three. The person said on Wednesday.
BCA investigator McKenzie Anderson searched for the vehicle involved in May and months later after failing to collect some of the drugs initially.
Inside the police car, she was able to store Floyd’s shoes and strap at first, and noticed eight blood marks that match Floyd’s DNA. Several small pieces that she thought might be pill fragments. Tests confirmed that the small pill contained Floyd’s saliva, she testified.
Breahna Giles, a BCA forensic scientist, testified that she analyzed the white pill. They contain tablet markers that may contain oxycodone and acetaminophen. But from testing, they actually contained methamphetamine and fentanyl, she said.
Additionally, the glass tubes recovered from the vehicle contain THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana. But there is no plant material, Giles told the court.
Susan Neith, forensic chemist working for NMS Labs, tested the same drug to determine fentanyl and methamphetamine levels. She testified that the fentanyl levels detected were moderate and the methamphetamine levels were low.