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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - MAY 29: RIP George has been painted on a wall after a night of protests and violence on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The National Guard has been activated as protests continue after the death of George Floyd which has caused widespread destruction and fires across Minneapolis and St. Paul. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A week after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, a private examiner found that his death was a homicide and he died of “asphyxiation from sustained pressure,” according to CNN News.

Multiple videos showed former police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck, along with other officers kneeling on his back. According to reports, Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in total and two minutes and 53 seconds after Floyd was unresponsive.

The private autopsy reveled compression to Floyd’s neck and back led to a lack of blood flow to this brain. This comes after the Hennepin County Medical Examiner found “no physical findings” to “support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.”

Prosecutors stated in the criminal complaint that other factors were involved in Mr. Floyd’s death, including coronary artery disease, hypertensive heart disease and potential intoxicants in his system.

The full report from the medical examiner is still pending.

Floyd’s death has sparked protests across the nation and even in other countries focused on racism and police brutality.

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Katherine Viloria is Beasley Media Group's Fort Myers Digital Content Manager. She loves to write, snap photos, and watch Grey's Anatomy. Connect with her on Instagram @alittlethisalittlekat