Expert Witness: George Floyd's Neck Is Still Pressed When It Runs Out of Oxygen

UMMATIMES - The trial of the perpetrator of the murder of George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, opens up new information behind the events that triggered the Black Lives Matter demo. In the most recent trial, expert witness Martin Tobin, who is a respiratory expert, said George Floyd's lung volume shrank by nearly 50 percent when he was laid on the asphalt and Chauvin crushed his neck.

"Based on my analysis, George Floyd's oxygen reserves shrank by about 43 percent. A 24 percent reduction occurred because he was exposed to the asphalt and the next 19 percent because his neck was crushed," Tobin said, quoted by CNN, Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Tobin explained that the shrinkage was quick because Chauvin tried to pressure George Floyd to stay still and not fight back. The pressure on Floyd's chest facing the tarmac, Tobin said, had a significant impact on the volume of Floyd's lungs.

To make matters worse, Floyd tried to fight Chauvin's actions. Tobin said, the oxygen levels were running low, making Floyd try to fight Chauvin's pressure. In effect, Floyd uses the remaining breath he has in order to be free from the existing pressure. Unfortunately, Tobin said, Chauvin persisted until Floyd was completely breathless and dead.

"Chauvin is still on top of him even when there is no more oxygen left in Floyd's body. This can be known by referring to science starting from looking at how he breathes, how his oxygen levels decrease, and how long it will take him completely to run out," said Tobin. .

Tobin said, Chauvin kept pressing George Floyd's neck when he had run out of oxygen for about 3 minutes 2 seconds. Previously, prosecutor Jerry Blackwell said that the total duration for Chauvin to crush Floyd was 9 minutes 29 seconds, not the 8 minutes 46 seconds that the public had known so far.

Regarding George Floyd's track record of having respiratory problems, Tobin did not deny it. However, he said, even normal people would die if treated the same as George Floyd. Because, once the oxygen is depleted, it affects not only the lungs, but also the brain and heart.

"You can see on the video that George Floyd's leg was having convulsions. We call it a myoclonic seizure ... we see it in patients when they suffer injuries to the brain due to reduced oxygen levels," said Tobi.

George Floyd, as it is known, was a black citizen from Minneapolis who was murdered on suspicion of using counterfeit money. He was killed by Derek Chauvin, a member of the Minneapolis Police, in May last year. As for Chauvin, he believes that he did not violate procedures and George Floyd's death was due to accident, not bad intentions.

In society, Floyd's death was the catalyst for the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement to the surface. It was one of the most important moments of the last year. In various countries, not only in America, citizens have held demonstrations to protest against systemic racism against blacks and other minorities.

The forms of these demonstrations ranged from peaceful demonstrations to changing statues with traces of slavery. However, one of the famous ones is the kneeling action and a moment of silence for the 8 minutes 46 seconds which George Floyd has long believed was the duration of suffering under the pressure of Derek Chauvin's knee.