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Video: Police Surgeon Says George Floyd Died of Asphyxia 

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Police Surgeon Says George Floyd Died of Asphyxia

Dr. Bill Smock, a surgeon for the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, testified on Thursday that he had found no evidence to support claims that George Floyd died of an overdose.

“Mr. Floyd died from positional asphyxia, which is a fancy way of saying he died because he had no oxygen left in his body. When the body is deprived of oxygen — and in this case, from his chest, pressure on his chest and back — he gradually succumbed to lower and lower levels of oxygen until it was gone. And he died.” “Have you ever encountered a situation of a fentanyl overdose where a person was in the overdose displaying air hunger and essentially crying out for their life or crying out in pain?” “No, sir.” “Based on your experience in training police officers and your experience accompanying police officers to various arrest locations, you have observed police officers use a prone handcuffing technique.” “Yes, I have, for short periods of time, sir.” “And you’ve observed them place their knee in the posterior of the base of the neck, right?” “Yes, again, for short periods of times.”

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