KEY POINTS

  • A forensic pathologist said George Floyd died "many minutes" before he was transferred to a hospital 
  • Dr. Michael Baden pointed out medics performed CPR with Floyd but couldn't find a pulse
  • The former New York City chief medical examiner said Floyd "was dead before they put him on the stretcher"

A forensic pathologist who conducted an independent autopsy on the body of George Floyd is claiming that Floyd died “many minutes” before he was transferred to a hospital in Minneapolis.

Dr. Michael Baden was one of two doctors who performed the commissioned autopsy by Floyd's family in the wake of national protests due to his death. Baden worked with Dr. Allecia Wilson and, through Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crumb, said there was “neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.”

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office, which also conducted an autopsy, pointed in a report Monday that Floyd died from “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression,” according to USA Today.

In an exclusive interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Baden said medics “tried to do CPR” with Floyd in the ambulance, but they were unable to find a pulse.

Police charge a barricade in the street during a demonstration against the death of George Floyd, near the White House on May 31, 2020 in Washington Police charge a barricade in the street during a demonstration against the death of George Floyd, near the White House on May 31, 2020 in Washington Photo: AFP / ROBERTO SCHMIDT

“He had cardiac arrest and they tried to shock him and the shocks didn't work. He was dead before they put him on the stretcher... many minutes before he gets to the hospital,” Baden added.

Baden, who formerly worked as New York City's chief medical examiner, pointed out that “one can die from compression of the neck sufficiently. Video footage of the incident also showed that there was “compression” of the back.

“Pressure on the back prevents the diaphragm from moving up and down which is necessary to inhale and exhale,” he said.

In a separate interview, Baden claimed that Floyd was in “good health” and that he was not suffering from any medical condition that might have “caused or contributed to his death.” This came in contrast with the original autopsy, which stated that a combination of underlying medical issues, “intoxicants,” hypertension and being restrained all had an effect on Floyd's death.

Crumb, who relayed Baden's findings and EMT reports said medics checked for a pulse several times and delivered one shock, but Floyd's condition “did not change.”

“They delivered him to a hospital, continued ventilation, but that last report was the patient was still pulseless,” said the lawyer.

On the other hand, Dr. Wilson ruled that the evidence “is consistent with mechanical asphyxia” as the cause of Floyd's death and “homicide” as the matter of death.