New court documents have uncovered two memorandums, dated May 26 and June 1, that suggest Chief Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker concluded George Floyd likely died from fentanyl overdose and found “no physical evidence suggesting” that he died of asphyxiation.
“AB (Andrew Baker) said that if Mr. Floyd had been found dead in his home (or anywhere else) and there were no other contributing factors he would conclude that it was an overdose death,” says a memo dated June 1, outlining a May 31 virtual with Dr. Baker.
The memos seemingly run contrary to the Armed Forces medical examiner and Hennepin County medical examiner’s final conclusion that Floyd’s death was a homicide.
“His death was caused by the police subdual and restraint in the setting of severe hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and methamphetamine and fentanyl intoxication,” the Armed Forces medical examiner found, according to FOX 9.
Floyd died on May 25 following an arrest during which an officer knelt on the 46-year-old’s neck for several minutes. Video clips of the incident circulated online and quickly went viral, sparking destructive and deadly riots across the nation.
However, earlier this month, body camera footage of the arrest was leaked by the Daily Mail, offering more context to the incident.
As reported by FOX 9, one memorandum filed May 26 regarding a virtual meeting with Dr. Baker said that the medical examiner concluded that “the autopsy revealed no physical evidence suggesting that Mr. Floyd died of asphyxiation.”
— Fox 9