The medical examiner’s report disagreed with the preliminary findings of Hennepin County authorities in Minnesota.
Authorities in Minnesota had ruled the death of George Floyd, a homicide, saying that he suffered a decrease in blood flow due to compression of the neck when the Minneapolis police used force on him.
Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American, died last week while being handcuffed when white officer Derek Chauvin pinned his neck to the ground with his knee for several minutes.
His death, recorded on video, sparked chaotic demonstrations in dozens of American cities, some of which turned violent.
The Hennepin County medical examiner’s report, released Monday, said Floyd died from “cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by submission to law enforcement, movement restrictions, and neck compression.” It also notes that Floyd suffered from heart disease, fentanyl intoxication, and recent methamphetamine use, but these factors are not listed as the cause of death.
The conclusion refutes the preliminary findings of the district authorities, according to which Floyd’s death was caused by a combination of the use of force by the police, General health, and the presence of potentially toxic substances in his body.